Facebook Board Member Allegedly Backs Anti-Immigrant NumbersUSA

Written by on November 21, 2008 in Reform with 3 Comments

Photo by Luc Legay.

Does Facebook have connections to ardently anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA? Insiders at Clarium Capital, the $5.3 billion hedge fund run by Facebook investor Peter Thiel are claiming their boss has made a $1 million donation to NumbersUSA. Rather than denying such serious accusations, Thiel hasn’t done anything more than say that the company doesn’t comment on “gossip and heresy.”

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, NumbersUSA is part of a network of organizations—some which have been designated as “hate groups”—created by John Tanton, a “major architect in the nativist movement” who is known for his white nationalist views and close ties to the Pioneer Fund—“possibly the last remaining funder of eugenics in the country”. Tanton both founded and funded NumbersUSA—quite possibly with Pioneer Fund money.

As Klyedb pointed out on his blog, Citizen Orange,

Anonymous sources making allegations and denials certainly aren’t the most credible, but DM dug up something else that certainly makes this more probable.  Peter Thiel coauthored a book, “The Diversity Myth“, in 1998 which argues that “multiculturalism” is used to promote intolerance on campuses.  With views like that I wouldn’t be surprised if Thiel was in the anti-migrant crowd.

Unless Facebook wants to tenuously sit in the same category as NumbersUSA, it should urge its board member Peter Thiel to come clean about his donations to anti-immigrant groups. If Thiel did not donate $1 million to NumbersUSA, than it is in both his and Facebook’s interest for him to show the public that he has nothing to hide. If he did make such a contribution, Facebook will have to think hard about whether it’s willing to compromise its commitment to tolerance, diversity, and “multiculturalism” by having someone like Thiel sitting on its board.



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  • chicagonut

    No one is “anti-immigrant” but anti-illegal immigration! Will the lies by the left ever stop?

    Why is it ok for minorties to codddle and protect their own kind in this country including aiding and abetting illegal aliens from their ethnic group but white people are labled nativists, xenophobes and other vile names if they seek to protect their own also? At least whites aren’t advocating an illegal invasion by their own kind into this country. The racism hat is being put on the wrong head here.

    Most whites are not seeking an all white country in the USA, they just want to retain their majority, culture and language in this country that has always been so since its founding. Do you actually think that Mexicans in Mexico would welcome a total demographic change by an illegal takeover of foreign nationals?

    All that we ask is that immigrants come legally within the quotas set by our government and from different ethnic groups so that they will assimilate into this country’s natural culture rather than colonizing. Is that too much to ask?

  • Latina

    Whites came to this country without passports, illegally and trafficking with arms. They killed, and took the land of the Native Americans that survived their invasion. Then they thank God for this promised land. They also kidnapped Africans and enslaved them. It seems that the Chicagonut never learn anything in school. Is he afraid that minorities would do the same thing whites have done to people of color?

  • Carl J. Malischke

    Let’s see….300 million inhabitants in the USA worried sick about 10-12 million immigrants who are labeled illegal because we refuse to give a poor person a visa. At least some of our politicians are finally catching on….n recent days, leaders from both sides of the aisle indicated that comprehensive immigration reform is a legislative priority for the 111th Congress. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reassured the public that Congress will move forward and pass immigration reform legislation. Meanwhile, renowned Republican strategist Karl Rove included immigration reform as part of a roadmap for the future survival of the GOP. [source:] http://immigrationpolicy.org/ See full press release at: http://immigrationpolicy.org/images/File/pressrelease/stmtonreidrove11-25-08.pdf

    I, for one, demand that massive immigration reform be completed within the first 100 days of the new administration.

    CJ Malischke
    A white guy of German ancestry