Always entertaining in that nut-job watching kind of way, Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe invites racist…errr…I mean “white nationalist” to speak at his English Only bill hearing on Monday. Not only is Metcalfe facing heat for literally silencing Rep. Leslie Acosta – the state’s only Latina representative – from speaking, now, Metcalfe is attempting to ‘splain that his star expert is not a racist. Metcalfe is attempting to explain to his colleagues and the media that Bob Vandervoort is a White Nationalist, not a racist. Go on, Daryl…please ‘splain….
Here’s how Penn Live attempted to report Metcalfe’s hair-splitting distinction between a white supremacist and a white nationalist:
Is there a difference between a “white supremacist” and a “white nationalist?” Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, believes there is but others don’t.
Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives argued Thursday over whether or not Metcalfe invited a white supremacist to speak at a hearing on a bill to make English as the official language of the state.
Rep. Leslie Acosta, D-Philadelphia, claimed that a white supremacist was invited to speak at Monday’s hearing before the House State Government Committee. Metcalfe is the chairman of the committee.
Though his name was not mentioned on Thursday, lawmakers were referring to Robert “Bob” Vandervoort. The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified Vandervoort as a past and present leader of white nationalist groups.
Metcalfe said the person in question was not a white supremacist but rather a white nationalist.
From Talking Points Memo:
“The Southern Poverty Law Center has described Vandervoort as being tied “to white nationalist groups.” But, as the Patriot-News noted, the center characterizes white nationalist groups as espousing “white supremacist or white separatist ideologies.”
Metcalfe also said, “For whoever said the man was white to begin with, that person was actually the racist — tying his skin color to his patriotism and what he stands up for his country.”
Then there’s this background on Bobby Vandervoort from the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights 2012 article, “What About Bob? Robert Vandervoot and White Nationalism:”
Vandervoort’s attachment to white nationalism extends beyond his organizational affiliation with American Renaissance and his adoration of Sam Francis. He has a record of his own writing on the subjects of race and immigration.
Going back to 2003, Vandervoort has posted items and comments about “the West’s very real racial and ethnic components” and his thoughts on how to “halt the cultural and racial dispossession of the West’s historic people,” meaning white people. These bits often appeared on the websites of white nationalists Peter Brimelow (VDARE) and Lawrence Auster (View from the Right).
He wrote, “I think the more ‘diplomatic’ term regarding race and civilization is one that both Peter Brimelow and Lawrence Harrison refer to as the ‘ethno-cultural’ component of a nation or civilization. With or without the euphemism, it gets to the same frame of reference. Most, I think, are willing to acknowledge that the races differ, on average, biologically (just as the genders differ from one another biologically). Many will acknowledge that these average group racial differences extend in to areas like intelligence and temperament. So, just as sex differences have a ‘sociobiological’ impact on the culture (and not the other way around, as the feminists would have it) — the average group differences among the races also has an important impact in shaping cultures and nations.” In a different post Vandervoort complained about the conservative blog RedState not allowing an academic racist conversation about African IQ.
And then there’s Right Wing Watch’s report on this year’s CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), “CPAC Once Again Welcomes Group Led By White Nationalist:”
Along with leading ProEnglish — a nativist group founded by John Tanton that seeks to establish English as the official language of the U.S. — Vandervoort has a background as a white nationalist leader. The Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights reported in 2012 that Vandervoort was “the organizer of the white nationalist group, Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance, while he lived in Illinois”:
During that period Vandervoort was at the center of much of the white nationalist activity in the region. While he was in charge, Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance often held joint meetings with the local chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens. He also made appearances at white nationalist events outside Illinois, for instance participating in the 2009 Preserving Western Civilization Conference.
Vandervoort’s position at ProEnglish is not surprising, given his familiarity with the Nativist Establishment. He and several Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance members attended a March 22, 2005 Federation for American Immigration Reform meeting at the Lincoln Restaurant in Chicago. At a November 13, 2004 FAIR “Midwest Immigration Reform Summit” in Rosemont, Illinois, Vandervoort attended and passed out leaflets to the crowd announcing a local American Renaissance event.
But what do they all know. I guess Daryl knows best? Go on, Daryl, keep on digging.