Hate expert David Neiwert shows that the respectable front presented to the news media during their recent campaign on Mexico's border was just that, a front. The photos and accounts paint the touching picture of neo-Nazis and anti-immigrant activists protesting side by side.
Neiwert comments: "What's going on, of course, is that the Minutemen provide an ideal opportunity for white racists to 'mainstream' their agenda, using the relatively benign 'average citizens' that Lou Dobbs exclusively observes in their ranks as just so much cover."
"None of this should be terribly surprising. I've long held that immigration reform is an important issue that requires serious discussion, but I don't believe for a moment that scapegoating and harassing border crossers is going to provide any solutions. My experience has been that if you scratch beneath the surface of those who do, you quickly find that they are more likely to be concerned with Latino (or any nonwhite) immigration, not illegal immigration per se, though of course they pay lip service to the latter."
It might be an interesting project for some enterprising researcher to dig up press accounts from the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time and Newsweek to see how they covered these folks. (Orcinus)