Coming Out of the Woodwork

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by Daniel Nardini

While reading through the newspaper Human Events (a conservative, rightwing publication), I found a section that was advertising the book Minutemen:The Battle to Secure America’s Borders by Jim Gilchrist. After reading a few chapters from this book, I felt like throwing up. The founder of the Minutemen Project, the book is being promoted by this media source that before now I did not think was racist. There is no question that Human Events has become racist, and that to even tell its readers to buy this book and advertise it is beyond words. There is no question that Gilchrist is a racist, and that the Southern Poverty Law Center has justifiably called the Minutemen Project a “nativist extreme group.” For the newspaper Human Events to try and give this book and the author any form of legitimacy is totally disgusting.

In the book, Gilchrist compares the migration of Mexicans into the United States as an “invasion.” According to Gilchrist, this invasion is part of the Mexican government’s “plan” at “reconquering” the areas lost by Mexico to the United States. He is alleging that the Mexican government is “sending” tens of millions of Mexicans into the United States to try and “retake” areas that were formerly part of Mexico. He even called the tens of thousands of refugee children and their mother from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as “the vanguard for the latinization of the United States.” He estimates that there are 30 million “illegals” (the U.S. Census estimates that there are 10 to 12 million undocumented, and many of them are not from Mexico or Central America), and that they all constitute an “invasion.”

Tis the season it seems to me that the certified whackos, rightwing loonies and just outright crazy people seem to come out of the woodwork whenever there is a presidential election. And with Donald Trump leading the charge against Mexicans, and anybody even remotely of Latin American or Asian origin, we are seeing all kinds of baddies coming out of the closet. I certainly would not recommend Gilchrist’s book for any reason, but if there is anyone who wants to read it, find it at a library where you do not have to spend your hard earned money on it.

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