Minnesota newspapers and blogs have been abuzz this week about racist statements made on a right-wing extremist group’s website December 14.
On Minnesota Majority’s website, Dave Racer wrote: ‘Black women, for a variety of reasons, are more prone to underweight babies than are Caucasian and Asian women. It is not surprising that Sweden has a lower infant mortality rate, or that Japan has a longer life expectancy than the United States does. They are nearly racially pure; we are not.’
In fact, according to the U.S. State Department: one-fifth of Sweden’s population are immigrants or have at least one foreign-born parent. Additionally, Racer doesn’t mention that Sweden’s world-class universal health care system or lower poverty rate could be a factor in low infant mortality.
Racer runs a website and publishing house that advocates an everyone-for-themselves approach to health care. He advocates letting the market decide how much insurance costs and who is eligible.
When Minnesota Majority’s extremist views reached the light of day in the Pioneer Press, Racer’s words began to change.
First, any reference to the “demographics” of Sweden or Japan was removed. Then, “racially pure” was replaced with “consistent genetic lineage.”
But what exactly is this Minnesota Majority group? It doesn’t claim the mantel of a think tank, presenting itself instead as “a nonpartisan issue advocacy group seeking to restore traditional values to Minnesota’s public policy.”
Its website is secretive about its staff and leadership cadre. According to the Pioneer Press, former Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer is the executive director. Kiffmeyer even stood behind Racer’s racist comment, telling the Pioneer Press that it was “simply descriptive.”
Minnesota 2020 will continue to monitor conservative groups and hold them accountable.