On Fox News, Mark Steyn promotes “stunningly racist” anti-immigrant French novel

In his April 2 appearance on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, Mark Steyn praised Jean Raspail’s The Camp of the Saints, a novel described by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a “favorite racist fantasy of the anti-immigrant movement” and “revered by American white supremacists.” Steyn claimed the novel “actually predicted what is happening before our eyes.” The novel describes “an invasion of France and the white Western world by a fleet of starving, dark-skinned refugees.”

Steyn previously cited the racist novel in a prior appearance on Fox News, when he asked if The Camp of the Saints was “playing out simply incrementally with smaller boats” across Europe.

MARK STEYN: There was a French novel published 45 years ago --


STEYN: -- by Jean Raspail, “The Camp of the Saints.” A lot of people on the left don't like it, but it actually predicted what is happening before our eyes. A bunch of people got in a ship in India and sailed for the south of France in this novel, and all of the media commented, like the CNN guy you just quoted, ‘what is the big deal about this? We are the ones -- we are the sinful ones. We are the ones who have the stain of all of the wicked ‘-isms’ on our past, imperialism, colonialism, racism, these people are the virtuous ones, let them in and they will redeem us.’

CARLSON: Do you ever get the impression you’ve been softened up for this exact moment? That people have been telling you to shut up and obey, and that you have no moral standard, and you’re not allowed to give your opinion -- basically, so we get to the moment where you can just be told to step aside, and let people come in, in your place?

From the SPLC summary of The Camp of the Saints (emphasis added):

A French novel, The Camp of the Saints, has become the favorite racist fantasy of the anti-immigrant movement in the US. Published by The Social Contract Press, the book is revered by American white supremacists.

Le Camp des Saints, a 1973 novel by Frenchman Jean Raspail, was first translated into English as The Camp of the Saints in 1975. It has been published a total of five times in the United States, most recently by The Social Contract Press (TSCP), an outfit that specializes in hard-line anti-immigration propaganda.

The book is a racist fantasy about an invasion of France and the white Western world by a fleet of starving, dark-skinned refugees, “a haunting and prophetic vision,” TSCP says, “of Western Civilization overrun by a burgeoning Third World population.”

The book characterizes non-whites as horrific and uncivilized “monsters” who will stop at nothing to greedily and violently seize what rightfully belongs to the white man.


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