Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Students for Western Civilization Targeted as Racist by the Defamation League

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 23, 2011: A new report from the Anti-Defamation League raises concerns about a conservative student group, which it says has ties to white supremacists and a plan to expand at universities across the country.

The student group—Youth for Western Civilization—says it's not a racist organization. Its stated mission is "to organize, educate, and train activists dedicated to the revival of Western Civilization."

But the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish advocacy organization, says in its report that the student group uses "Western civilization" as a euphemism for "white culture."

Youth for Western Civilization was founded in 2006 by Kevin DeAnna, a recent graduate of American University's School of International Service, and the organization will host its first conference in June, in Washington, D.C.

"The fact that they're having their first national conference is something that makes it more an issue of concern for us, because of their desire to grow and strategize," said Marilyn Mayo, co-director of the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism....

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From the Youth for Western Civilization Mission Statement

Why We Care About Western Civilization

It is ours. We have the self-evident right and duty to work for the survival of our own culture and civilization.

While this reason is sufficient in itself, Western Civilization has also given priceless gifts to the rest of mankind, including advances in medicine, the arts, and scientific exploration.

There is no reason to believe that the advances of modernity and the political freedoms we enjoy will endure with the extinction of the civilization that allowed them to exist. Western Civilization is our civilization and in spite of the continual assault and hatred it endures from the radical left, we wish to revive the West, rather than see our civilization be sent to the graveyard of history. ...

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Seems a reasonable totally non-racist statement to me.


DENVER Apr.23, 2003 - A $9.75 million libel award against the Anti-Defamation League for publicly calling an Evergreen couple anti-Semitic was upheld Tuesday by a federal appeals court.

William and Dorothy Quigley won the judgment in April 2000 after the ADL's remarks at a news conference. The incident arose out of a dispute between the Quigleys and neighbors Mitchell and Candice Aronson, who are Jewish. The original judgment was $10.5 million, but a judge reduced that to $9.75 million in 2001 because the Quigleys had won a separate but related judgment against the Aronsons over wiretapping violations.

The ADL appealed the libel judgment, but the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the smaller award.

YWC Blog: Response to Defamation League Smears 

By Kevin DeAnna

The title of the Anti Defamation League’s smear against Youth for Western Civilization, “ADL Documents Link Between Campus Group and White Supremacists,” is very telling. The operative word is “link.” The ADL does not claim that I or any member of the group is a “white supremacist,” but rather that that we are “linked” to people who they claim to be white supremacist.

The extent of these “links” are unsolicited praise on message boards, people who decided to be “fans” of our Facebook page, and people who showed up in the audience to events we held that are open to the public.
I honestly had not even heard of over half the people I am allegedly “linked” to. The ADL and their liberal allies are the same people screaming McCarthyism whenever anyone brings us Barack Obama’s actual ties (as opposed to Facebook linked or audience linked) to radical left wingers and racists like Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright.
The ADL implicitly acknowledges that no one involved in YWC has said anything “racist” when they accuse us of “avoid[ing] using overtly bigoted rhetoric” in favor of “euphemistic language” to make our points.
What are these evil code words?   According to the ADL, “Western Civilization” means white, and when we refer to “members of the multiculti” and “racial grievance groups” we mean to disparage all minorities.
These smears are prima facie frivolous.

We have many minority members who support Western Civilization and many of the “members of the multiculti ” we oppose are white (such as the majority of the staff at the ADL.) “Western Civilization” is not a euphemism, and we have clearly defined what we mean by it on our website.
If the ADL wants to fight real ”racism” they should look at groups like the National Council of La Raza, which means “the race”—not much of an euphemism. Instead the ADL has teamed up with La Raza to try to shut down opponents of illegal immigration.

This is the real motive of their attack on YWC.

The ADL lobbied in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens and filed a brief against Arizona’s SB 1070. They have a long history of slandering virtually all opponents of mass immigration such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform and Pat Buchanan as “racists” to try to silence them. The ADL is so unscrupulous in their witch hunts against supposed racists and extremists, that they were found liable in federal court for illegally wiretapping and defaming private citizens and penalized 12 million dollars.

The upside of these attacks is that when open borders groups with multi-million dollar budgets are resorting to such frivolous guilt by association attacks, we know we are making an impact.

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