D.A. King's Hate Speech Against Immigrants

Letters to the Editor
The New York Times 

To the Editor:

Re “National Push by a Local Immigration Activist: No G.O.P. Retreat,” (Aug. 7):

D.A. King has indeed become an ever-larger presence in the national movement to stop in its tracks any progress on a congressional immigration reform bill.  But the Times profile of him failed to point out Mr. King’s long history of using coded language and hate speech against immigrants.


In April 2007, for example, when speaking at a Newton County (Georgia) Republican Party meeting, Mr. King reportedly suggested that undocumented immigrants are “not here to mow your lawn – they’re here to blow up your buildings and kill your children, and you, and me.”  Mr. King has also asserted that the United States is “being invaded and colonized” by a “Mexican mob that brings with it a culture of lawlessness and chaos.”  He has described Hispanic immigration in Georgia as the “Hispandering” of his state, which he calls “Georgiafornia.”  In addition, Mr. King has ties to more extreme elements of the anti-immigrant movement.  For instance, he has been a contributor to the racist website VDARE and The Social Contract, an anti-immigrant journal published and edited by racists.

Mr. King’s many hateful characterizations of undocumented immigrants and his association with a site and journal run by racists should disqualify him from having a legitimate role in the debate now going on in Congress and in legislatures across the country.


Bill Nigut
Southeast Regional Director
Anti-Defamation League
Atlanta, Georgia

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