VDARE.com, or VDARE, is a website that advocates reduced immigration, especially illegal immigration, into the United States. Former Forbes editor Peter Brimelow supports the site through his VDARE Foundation.
The name VDARE and the site's symbol, the head of a white doe, refer to Virginia Dare, the first child born to English immigrants in the New World. Soon after her birth she disappeared with the rest of an early English settlement, and legend says she transformed into a white doe.
Sam Francis was also a regular contributor until his death in 2005.
Notable VDARE guest contributors include: Virginia Abernethy, George J. Borjas, Paul Gottfried, Kevin Michael Grace, Kevin B. MacDonald, Rob Sanchez, J. Philippe Rushton, Jared Taylor, John Derbyshire, Paul Belien, R.J. Stove, and Ilana Mercer.
VDARE also carries the syndicated columns of *Pat Buchanan, *Paul Craig Roberts, a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration, and Michelle Malkin Peter Brimelow immigrated to the United States from Canada in the late 1970s; he had left his homeland of the United Kingdom shortly after receiving an MBA from Stanford University in 1972. While he is a paleoconservative, he claims "many of the neoconservative leaders as personal friends" and immigration reform allies. According to the VDARE website, Brimelow is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
VDARE has published several responses to the SPLC’s charges. In 2001, VDARE columnist James Fulford countered the SPLC’s charge that VDARE is racist, writing “this accusation ... is intended to drive the victim out of decent society. The SPLC functions like Red Channels in the McCarthy era.” In 2005, VDARE editor Peter Brimelow, who has said, “the modern definition of ‘racist’ is someone who’s winning an argument with a liberal,” wrote “the SPLC is just a shakedown scam that preys on the elderly, Holocaust-haunted rich.” And in 2006, in “Heidi Does Long Beach: The SPLC vs. Academic Freedom,” Prof. Kevin MacDonald discussed the SPLC’s so far unsuccessful campaign to try and get him fired from California State University at Long Beach.
VDARE claims neutrality on all issues save immigration reduction. VDARE columnist James Fulford says allegations of racism and hate are unavoidable since "the majority of Americans are white, and the majority of immigrants are non-white. Fulford lists others who he says have been accused of being racist by liberal organizations and argues that the group's tactics hurt their own cause more than they are hurting genuine racism. Also, Brimelow argued in his 1996 book Alien Nation, the term 'racist' is a political "smear" (p.10). He states "the only rational definition of racism" is "committing and stubbornly persisting in error about people, regardless of evidence."
VDARE contributors respond to "racism" charges by noting that the site carries authors from various ethnic backgrounds, including Filipina-American (Malkin), Cuban (George Borjas), one Native American (David A. Yeagley), Jewish/Asian-American (Marcus Epstein), and Japanese-American (Lance T. Izumi). Peter Brimelow has responded to the SPLC's allegation that VDARE is a "hate group," "We've named them a treason group.
John Podhoretz called Sailer's comments racist. Sailer responded that his accusers admitted a correlation between low IQ and poor judgment by supporting the Supreme Court's 2002 Atkins v. Virginia decision "that, in effect, banned the death penalty for killers with IQs under 70. John Derbyshire defended Sailer, citing large variance in incarceration rates by race and birth rates for unmarried women by race.
According to Peter Brimelow, Sailer's original article has been emailed out by readers (through the link to "email [this article] to a friend") at among the highest volumes seen by VDARE's articles. Sailer also responded to John Podhoretz in “Podhoretz, Junior vs. Steve Sailer”, by quoting from a 1963 Commentary essay by Podhoretz’ father, Norman, “My Negro Problem—and Ours”, in which Norman Podhoretz made statements on black violence in character with Sailer’s.