Date of Award

5-2013

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

Anthropology and Sociology

First Advisor

James Flanagan, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Anthropology and Sociology

Abstract

The Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), an overtly pro-white, anti-immigrant political organization, uses biased news articles laden with racial stereotypes to promote and propagate their dogma of white superiority and nativism. In these articles particular attention is paid to the supposed threats of Hispanic immigration, attempting to make the case that Hispanics put white Americans’ health and safety, along with the white American way of life, at risk. Six recent articles from the CofCC website are shown to capitalize on the fear of the public to further advance and support a doctrine of nativism. Nativism has serious ramifications both to the perpetuators and the victims.

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