Anti-immigrant groups hope that nobody notices their overwhelmingly white membership because theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve pushed all of their minority members into the spotlight.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not racist,Ã¢â‚¬Â they chant. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Maria and Juan are our friends. We canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t possibly be racist and have Mexican friends.Ã¢â‚¬Â
And then last week this story hits. A man going by Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tim BinhÃ¢â‚¬Â was the spokesman for the California-based group Vietnamese for Fair ImmigrationÃ¢â‚¬Â¦but it turns out that Binh is not his real last name. He was just using the Vietnamese surnameÃ¢â‚¬â€heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s actually a white dude named Tim Brummer.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s how Wonkette reported it:
Tim Brummer has been going by the surname Ã¢â‚¬Å“BinhÃ¢â‚¬Â in his capacity as spokesman for the California-based group Vietnamese for Fair Immigration. Brummer, of course, isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Vietnamese, though he is anti-immigration, so his groupÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s name is like a quarter accurate.
It turns out that Brummer isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the only one starting minorities-against-immigrant groups in this country. I should be outraged, but I guess this is a step forward for the anti-immigrant folks; now the xenophobes are learning to be a little multi-cultural.