Santa Barbara Anti-Immigration Group Hit with 'Hate' Label - 2017-02-27
The SPLC report ― released February 15, soon after CAPS media director Joe Guzzardi spoke to The Santa Barbara Independent about his group's revitalization under Trump ― lists 79 hate groups in California, up from 68 the year before; 917 exist nationwide. "All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics," the SPLC states on its website. That includes organizations openly critical of minorities, such as the Golden State Skinheads outside Sacramento and Jihad Watch in Sherman Oaks, as well as militant separatist groups, such as the Nation of Islam in Oakland and the New Black Panther Party in Los Angeles. SPLC says its hate index is created using publications, websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources, and news stories.
In an article published February 23 supporting the CAPS "hate group" designation, SPLC research analyst Stephen Piggott describes CAPS cofounder and Malthusian philosopher Garrett Hardin as a "white nationalist" who laid the foundation for today's U.S. nativist movement. Hardin stated in a 1997 interview: "My position is that this idea of a multiethnic society is a disaster. That's what we've got in Central Europe, and in Central Africa. A multiethnic society is insanity. I think we should restrict immigration for that reason."
Hardin taught at UCSB and also served on the board of directors for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which, like CAPS, received funding from the now disbanded Pioneer Fund, whose original mandate was to ensure "race betterment" by preserving the genetics of those "descended predominantly from white persons who settled in the original thirteen states prior to the adoption of the Constitution."