Friday, September 22

Submission: Bruins must stand against hate groups in face of professor involvement

Correction: The original version of this article contained several errors. The article incorrectly stated Benjamin Zuckerman served as the president of Californians for Population Stabilization for the past 17 years. In fact, Zuckerman has served as its president for seven months and served on its board for 17 years. The article also incorrectly stated Zuckerman hired John Vinson and Parker Wilson. In fact, Zuckerman did not hire Vinson, nor Wilson.

Benjamin Zuckerman, a researcher and professor emeritus in the department of Physics and Astronomy, has served as the president of Californians for Population Stabilization for seven months and on its board for 17 years. And that should worry us all.

Californians for Population Stabilization is a Santa Barbara-based organization that claims to promote the well-being of California’s environment and economy by blaming California’s population growth on immigrants and running ad campaigns that advocate for stricter immigration laws. Californians for Population Stabilization’s targeting of immigrants shouldn’t come as a surprise when one considers its connections to racist-extremist groups like the neo-Confederate group, the League of the South, and its record of hiring a documented neo-Nazi. In fact, the Southern Poverty Law Center classified Californians for Population Stabilization as a one of 79 designated hate groups in California.

Everyone certainly has the right to advocate for what they believe in. But we must stand in opposition when a UCLA research professor actively pushes to remove our fellow classmates and tear us apart. As a recent UCLA alumnus who studied physics, I call on the UCLA student body to stand in support of your fellow immigrant Bruins and reject any rhetoric that unfoundedly alienates them – even if it comes from an esteemed professor.

Having a faculty member leading a hate group planning against student immigrants is frightening. UCLA is world-famous for our ingenious spirit and bold endurance, not for ostracizing students for their status.

Californians for Population Stabilization, however, is antithetical to that embrace of diversity.

Californians for Population Stabilization was co-founded by Garrett Hardin, who, as reported by the Santa Barbara Independent, was classified by SPLC research analyst Stephen Piggott as a “white nationalist” who spearheaded the U.S. nativist movement. Four years ago, Californians for Population Stabilization hired John Vinson, a founding member of the League of the South, as a senior writing fellow and most recently hired neo-Nazi Parker Wilson to join the Californians for Population Stabilization team.

With Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals hanging by a thread and racist hate crimes spiking since President Donald Trump’s election, it is important to remind Californians for Population Stabilization and students that the majority of Californians support some path to citizenship for immigrants – legal or undocumented. Californians for Population Stabilization masks its nativism and xenophobia by claiming to work in favor of the California people – this was made clear from its inception – and we should not be fooled by this.

While the anti-immigrant movement in California has recently been emboldened, I will continue to be a voice for a community that is pro-immigrant and therefore pro-American, and I urge my fellow students to do the same.

We cannot allow racism and xenophobia to persist on a campus that prides itself on its diversity and acceptance.

Prado graduated from UCLA in spring 2017.

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  • qrs more

    DACA is an illegal program created by the previous administration.
    The “D” stands for deferred deportation.

  • disqus_MMsm1IRM8H

    I am all for combating racism and the like, but what a crappy article. If you are going to try to smear a professor, provide something besides a bunch of vague statements that don’t actually say anything.

  • Ben Fischbane

    It’s another one of the old, “if you don’t think that borders shouldn’t exist, you’re a racist.”

  • CathodeGlow

    Unsustainable population growth in California has been disastrous for our water supplies, ecological diversity, open spaces and overall quality of life. Much, but not all, of that population growth has been fueled by illegal immigrants with low skills and high fertility rates.

  • Victor Wong

    Any opinions piece or article that cites the SPLC as though it were an unbiased, agenda-free, non-partisan organization should be immediately suspect. I’m an immigrant and I donate yearly to Californians for Population Stabilization. Why? I have seen what out of control reproduction has done to China. No thanks. Keep California green and lean!

  • RepealDACANowPlease

    “Everyone certainly has the right to advocate for what they believe in.”

    The article should end right here. Congratulations on acknowledging our democratic freedoms in the West.

    I was born in CA and believe state resources should focus on educating citizens. The UC is subsidized by the CA taxpayer, and most taxes are actually paid by a small proportion of people. It’s not racist to advocate for that. Word is that every candidate for governor of CA from the DNC wants to re-introduce affirmative action in the UC. The idea that a Mexican citizen who happens to be brought up here would get priority over US citizens (and cal grants and in-state tuition) is preposterous and not even worth debating. Yet it’s a very real conclusion of your side of this argument.

    You’re probably a north campus major so I can’t get too riled at your words. Good luck trying to remove this article when you graduate and prospective employers google this and want nothing of your willingness to publicly witch-hunt.

  • roccolore

    Hector Prado is a Mexican supremacist pig who defends MS-13.

  • wandagb

    ” Prado graduated from UCLA in spring 2017″

    And what a sorry example of a public education Prado is. Perhaps he can find employment at the SPLC which boasts a $340 MILLION dollar portfolio growing by millions each month.
    There is good money in smearing people; get yours while its hot.