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Critical Rhetorics of Race$
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Michael G. Lacy and Kent A. Ono

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762226

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762226.001.0001

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Patrolling National Identity, Masking White Supremacy

Patrolling National Identity, Masking White Supremacy

The Minuteman Project

(p.98) 5 Patrolling National Identity, Masking White Supremacy
Critical Rhetorics of Race

Michelle A. Holling

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes the Minuteman Project's (MMP) website and discovers that the MMP recovers mythic fragments and historical linkages to the revolutionary American minutemen. The MMP was founded in 2005 by James Gilchrist and Chris Simcox. The project argues that the government is responsible for the nation's safety and therefore should be responsive to the needs of those who experience the immigration problem near the border. Indeed, MMP members modified their vigilante-style militarism and nativism into a patriotic mission to save the American body politic from invasion by “invisible” Mexican immigrants who enter the United States by crossing the southern U.S. border. By doing so, the MMP's rhetoric transforms undocumented immigrants into would-be colonizers and oppressors, while denying and remaking histories of colonization in the Southwest United States.

Keywords:   Minuteman Project, American minutemen, immigration, militarism, nativism, Mexican immigrants

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