Late last week, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow took a deep look at a white supremacist think tank in the Flathead Valley and its ties to the nation's ongoing debate over immigration reform. Her May 9 segment called out a Whitefish-based nonprofit known as the National Policy Institute, a group that bills itself as "an independent research and educational foundation" working for "the people that bears the unique heritage of Europe, Christianity, cultural excellence, and the scientific awakening"—or, more concisely, "White Americans." Maddow tied the group not only to an online white supremacist forum that shares NPI's Whitefish post office box, but to the high-profile conservative Heritage Foundation and a controversial new report criticizing the U.S. Senate's immigration reform bill. The video, posted below, is worth a watch. The Montana portion starts around the two-minute mark.
NPI migrated to Whitefish from Washington, D.C., several years ago, shortly after Richard B. Spencer took over as executive director. But Spencer didn't react to Maddow's scathing expose in the way one might imagine. On the NPI blog, Spencer brushed off the Maddow segment as "'point and sputter' journalism," concluding that "no doubt...many found our message attractive and inspiring."
"NPI has a real chance to become the organization we want and deserve," Spencer wrote. "No more proxies, no more compromises, no more piggy-backing on the so-called 'conservative' movement, which has proven itself, once again, to be a gaggle of weaklings and traitors."
Interesting fact: Back in 2006, the Southern Poverty Law Center named NPI one of the four leaders in the world of "academic racism."