ProEnglish was established in 1994 with the oversight of its founding chairman, white nationalist John Tanton. Tanton is the architect of the contemporary anti-immigrant movement, having founded, funded, or otherwise supported a constellation of nativist groups. Known collectively as the John Tanton Network, these groups have become notorious for their numerous collaborations with white nationalists and ethnic separatists.
ProEnglish operates under U.S., Inc., the Network’s financial umbrella, which acts as its parent organization. KC McAlpin, the group’s longtime executive director, left in 2010 to become John Tanton’s right-hand man as president at U.S., Inc. As board members, both men continue to shape ProEnglish’s undertakings.
ProEnglish seeks to “unite” the United States by trampling the rights of minorities. From outlawing the use of multiple languages on government forms, to eliminating bilingual education in grammar schools, ProEnglish aims to make miserable the lives of non-native speakers. After a period of low activity and leadership changes, the group has come back to life and is doubling down on its nativist agenda.
Its recently hired Executive Director, Robert Vandervoort, has a well-documented history of activism within the white nationalist movement. One of Vandervoort’s first public appearances on behalf of ProEnglish was a gathering of the white nationalist H.L. Mencken Club. Vandervoort also landed ProEnglish a panel at the CPAC Conference titled, “The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the pursuit of diversity is weakening the American Identity.” Vandervoort invited British white nationalist Peter Brimelow to sit on the panel. Brimelow runs the anti-immigrant blog VDARE.com, where Islamophobic, xenophobic and anti-Semitic views are published.
In 2011, the group hired Phil Tignino as its director of communications. Tignino is the former student coordinator of the Washington State University chapter of Youth for Western Civilization, a far-right student group that has collaborated with many contentious figures, including Jared Taylor of American Renaissance, a cornerstone white nationalist publication. While active in that chapter, Tignino participated in such events as “straight pride month,” during which his chapter sold “Straight Pride” t-shirts. Tignino recently moved on, and the group wasted little time finding a replacement who is a near clone.
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