Sunday, April 17, 2011

Important Article on FAIR from the New York Times

Jason de Parle writes about the man behind the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) John Tanton. This examination of the organizations he has started is a clear example of the role of "professional expertise" (a la Tichenor) in defining discourses and policy around immigration.  It is interesting to note, as was clear in the founding of FAIR, that Tanton initially had learned the lesson from racist groups in the past, and tried to keep FAIR "centrist and liberal" -- but over time Tanton became more racist and anti-Hispanic in tone and in the causes he funded.


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