Tancredo

Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo has gotten flack in the past for his connections with alleged white nationalist groups. But now his written words are appearing on a website accused of being a “hate site.”

Last July, the Colorado Confidential reported on VDARE.com, a conservative website that covers immigration issues. On the site, one author has called Hmong people “drug-addicted polygamists.” Another author correlated the United State’s Mexican population with “high teenage birthrates, poverty, ignorance, and disease.”This controversial content led to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a civil rights group, to label VDARE a “hate site” in 2003.

In the previous Confidential story, an SPLC spokesman was quoted saying the following about the VDARE’s owner, Peter Brimelow:

“It has partly to do with the types of people that Brimelow publishes on his page,” said Heidi Beirich , a SPLC spokeswoman and investigator. “[The website] includes Jared Taylor, who is an open white supremacist, a guy named Kevin McDonald who is an ant-Semite, and members of the Council for Conservative citizens-that’s an organization that the Republican Party has condemned as white supremacist.”

On VDARE, an essay authored by the Congressman has been posted about the Denver Public Library and a controversy involving bilingual books, apparently with Tancredo’s permission.  Tancredo has also gone on the record defending Brimelow, in Salon magazine.

Brimelow, on the other hand, has admitted to having “white nationalist” authors post on his site, although he claims that they are not “white supremacist.”

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Erin Rosa

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature.

Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state.

Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters.

She can be reached at erosa@coloradoindependent.com.

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