New Report Exposes Nativists, Environmentalism & the Hypocrisy of Hate

July 27, 2010 by Stephen Piggott ·
Filed under: Ecopolitics, Immigration 

greenwashThe Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a new report today titled, Greenwash: Nativists, Environmentalism & the Hypocrisy of Hate.

The report details decades-old attempts by anti-immigrant groups - all part of the John Tanton Network - to lure environmentalists and environmental groups into adopting their anti-immigrant agenda.

The SPLC report comes less than a week after a report released by the Center for New Community showed how anti-immigrant forces have corrupted the dialogue on population and the environment, called Apply The Brakes: Anti-immigrant Co-optation of the Environmental Movement.

At the heart of both reports is the Tanton Network and its efforts to avoid accusations of racism by cloaking its anti-immigrant agenda in environmental groups that are deemed “progressive.” This strategy was instigated by John Tanton, a Michigan ophthalmologist who is widely considered to be the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement. Tanton believed that once his organizations and individuals under his guidance were imbedded into progressive organizations like the Sierra Club, they could implement an anti-immigrant agenda without coming under attack. Read more