Ken Crow: Tea Party Leader Says Immigrants Harm American “Bloodlines”

The Republican Party; the Tea Party; or whatever they call themselves these days, are chock full of racists and idiots. I don’t blog about them much anymore because to do so would be quite redundant. By now if you aren’t aware of this fact, plain and simple, you either have your head in the sand, or you are one of the aforementioned racist idiots (or one of their enablers). So no, I don’t waste time debating with fools as to whether ignorance is the disease that plagues these right-wing loons. But on occasion I’ll just produce evidence like the following to support the claim that they are a party made up of idiots, bigots, and xenophobes. Having said that, walk with me as we meet the latest right-wing troll to hit the political news cycle this week: Tea Party for America co-founder, Ken Crow. So who is Ken Crow? I assume being a Tea party leader, Ken Crow is what jhe is, and Ken Crow does what he does best. That would be, as a leader, Ken Crow uses politics to fan the flames of racial resentment.

About a month ago, Tea Party activists, GOP lawmakers and trolls alike, gathered in Washington D.C. near the Capitol to rally against immigration reform. The good thing about the rally was its timing. At the time of the rally the country’s attention and focus was with the George Zimmerman trial and its verdict. So quite obviously, without much media coverage and attention the racist anti-immigrant shindig was an epic fail. The irony of the event was the fact that it was put together by Black American Leadership Alliance (BALA), a self-described nonprofit dedicated to “Protecting the Futures of Black Americans.” Oh, and while billed as the “D.C. March for Jobs” the event was heavily bankrolled by John Tanton, who once argued for eugenics and called African-Americans a “retrograde species.” The event featured speakers like former Rep. Allan West, and my favorite slave-catcher, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson to name a few. The event was also attended by Republicans Rep. Steve King (Iowa) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.) and Ted Cruz (Texas). But here’s a bit of information about BALA from The Daily Beast before moving forward.

How racist is Ken Crow?

Ken Crow
Ken Crow

In early June, BALA issued an open letter (PDF) to the Senate Gang of Eight and lawmakers from states with high rates of black unemployment. In it, BALA laid out the economic case against immigration vis a vis the black community, called on legislators to recognize the “devastating effects of amnesty and mass immigration” on African Americans in particular, and “implor[ed] each Member to fulfill his or her duty to the millions of Americans struggling to find work” by rejecting the current Senate bill and instead pushing to reduce immigration, legal and illegal alike. Since then, BALA’s phone has been ringing off the hook with media requests, and its members—notably Durant, a former Justice Department attorneyare burning up the TV and radio circuit, their message having found a particularly receptive audience among conservative media hosts. (Bill O’Reilly, Laura Ingraham, Mike Huckabee, Glen Beck…) The Daily Caller has written excitedly about their efforts, as has National Review. And Tea Party folks sound downright giddy discussing their new partners.

[…] BALA isn’t your classic grassroots protest movement. Although it is technically a new player on the political scene—it popped up mid-May, with the launch of a Facebook page—its leaders are not. Among the group’s dozen or so members are several seasoned activists who have long been conducting this same anti-immigration crusade by means of an evolving series of similar groups. The organizations’ names change—BALA, the African American Leadership Council, Choose Black America, the Coalition for the Future American Worker—but the message remains constant: Immigration is killing the black community. It’s a simplistic, us-vs.-them argument that some black leaders find misleading, dangerously divisive, and sadly predictable. “We’ve seen this before,” says Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “This is the same page pulled from an over-20-year-old playbook.”

But questions regarding BALA go beyond the particulars of its current message. Several of the group’s leadersDurant, Frank Morris, the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, and T. Willard Fair—have longstanding ties with the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and other controversial groups in the broader anti-immigration movement. Most of these groups emerged from a network created beginning in the late 1970s by John Tanton, the father of the modern anti-immigration movement, whose flirtations with white nationalism and eugenics (and whose enduring chumminess with devotees of both) have been documented at length by anti-extremist watchdog groups such as the ADL, the Chicago-based Center for New Community and others. The Southern Poverty Law Center has gone as far as to designate FAIR, the Tanton network’s mothership, a “hate group.” (FAIR unsurprisingly rejects this classification.) Among the group’s eyebrow-raising moves was accepting $1.2 million dollars in funding from the pro-eugenics, white-supremacist Pioneer Fund in the 1980s and ‘90s. (You can read more about the history of FAIR and Tanton’s related groups here (PDF), here, and here)

Yeah, black folks forming coalitions with racist — where have we seen this before?

Ken Crow to Gov. Rick Perry: "So, how many rooms you got at that there Niggerhead Ranch?"
Ken Cole to Gov. Rick Perry: “So, how many rooms you got at that there Niggerhead Ranch?”

What has emerged from last month’s rally, is a now viral video which shows an excerpt of a speech by Tea Party organizer, activist, and co-founder Ken Crow. Until now, I have never heard of the guy. Which is astonishing to a professional racism chaser like myself. Shoot, I’d like to think that a guy like Ken Crow with what I consider to be probably the most racist tirade by anyone in the Tea Party, would have been on my radar well before this week. It should not be surprising; but, to hear someone at a political rally ion 2013 speak of “breeding” and racial-purity was chilling. But as I see it, the real scary takeaway is that there are many others who think like Ken Crow within the Tea Party. And sadly, I’m sure if you ask Ken crow or anyone else affiliated with the Tea Party whether the organization is racist, they will tell you that they’re not.

Here’s this from his speech:

From those incredible blood lines of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington and John Smith. And all these great Americans, Martin Luther King. These great Americans who built this country. You came from them. And the unique thing about being from that part of the world, when you learn about breeding, you learn that you cannot breed Secretariat to a donkey and expect to win the Kentucky Derby. You guys have incredible DNA and don’t forget it.

Watch the video below: