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Virginia Abernethy

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Virginia Abernethy
Virginia Deane Abernethy

1934 (age 85–86)
EducationRiverdale Country School
Wellesley College
Vanderbilt University
Harvard University
OccupationAnthropologist, activist
EmployerVanderbilt University

Virginia Deane Abernethy (born 1934) is an American anthropologist and activist. She is professor emerita of psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She has published research on population demography and immigration. She ran for Vice President of the United States in 2012 alongside Merlin Miller for the American Third Position, a party that promotes white nationalism.[1][2][3]

Early life

Virginia Deane Abernethy was born in 1934 in Cuba to American parents.[4][5] She was raised in Argentina and New York City,[5] being educated at New York's Riverdale Country School.[5] She received a B.A. from Wellesley College, an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University, and Ph.D. from the Social Relations Department at Harvard University in 1970.[5][4]

Career and opinions

Abernethy was a post-doctoral researcher and faculty member at Harvard Medical School in the early 1970s.[6] She then worked in the Department of Psychiatry of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, within Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee for 20 years, from 1975 to 1999.[7] She was appointed as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, promoted to Associate Professor in 1976 and Professor in 1980.[7][4] She retired in 1999, and still retains an office on campus as Professor Emerita.[4][5] She is an anthropology fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.[8]

An outspoken opponent of immigration, she has called for a complete moratorium on immigration into the United States.[4] She claims that immigrants devalue the workforce, deplete scarce resources, adversely impact carrying capacity, and that Third World immigration has led to a rise in dangerous diseases within the United States.[9] She has countered claims of racism against her by pointing to her friendship with Jesse Lee Peterson.[10]

In a letter to The Washington Times published on September 30, 2004, she rejected their reporting of her as a "self-described 'racial separatist'", preferring "ethnic separatist."[11] The Anti-Defamation League in 2012 described her as being a "white supremacist."[12]

On June 29, 2011, the American Third Position (now the American Freedom Party), a whites-only party, announced that she had joined their board of directors.[4] She was later nominated as their vice presidential nominee.[12][13][14] Abernethy ran in election for vice president of the United States in 2012 as the running mate of Merlin Miller, who ran for president, in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, gaining a total of 12,900 votes nationally.[4][15]

Fertility-opportunity hypothesis

Her research has focused on the issues of population and culture. Her best known work discounts the demographic transition theory, which holds that fertility drops as women become more educated and contraceptives become more available. In its place, she has developed a ″fertility-opportunity hypothesis", which states that fertility follows perceived economic opportunity. A corollary to the hypothesis is that food aid to developing nations onlys exacerbate overpopulation. She has advocated in favor of microloans to women in the place of international aid because she believes that they allow improvement in the lives of families without leading to higher fertility.[16]

She has opposed programs that would spur economic development in less developed countries on the grounds that they are self-defeating. For the December 1994 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, she wrote an article entitled "Optimism and Overpopulation" in which she argued that "efforts to alleviate poverty often spur population growth, as does leaving open the door to immigration. Subsidies, windfalls, and the prospect of economic opportunity remove the immediacy of needing to conserve. The mantras of democracy, redistribution, and economic development raise expectations and fertility rates, fostering population growth and thereby steepening a downward environmental and economic spiral."[16]

Positions held and publications

From 1989 to 1999, she served as the editor of the academic journal Population and Environment.[11] She also served on the editorial board of The Citizen Informer, the newsletter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), a neo-Confederate organization. She has also appeared as a guest on the CofCC-affiliated radio show, The Political Cesspool hosted by James Edwards.[11] Abernethy regularly addresses meetings of the CofCC. In 2004, she was listed as a member of the editorial advisory board of The Occidental Quarterly, a white nationalist journal, on which she remained in 2013.[11][17] She serves on the board of directors of the Carrying Capacity Network, an immigration-reduction and sustainability organization, and also on the Board of Population-Environment BALANCE, which advocates an immigration moratorium in order to balance population size with resources and the environment's capacity to cope with pollution.[citation needed]

Abernethy has written or edited several books, including: Population Politics: The Choices that Shape our Future (1993) and Population Pressure and Cultural Adjustment (1979).[18] Abernethy has written articles that have appeared in Chronicles, The Social Contract Press, The Atlantic Monthly, and numerous academic journals. She has also made occasional contributions to the weblog VDARE, which have been republished by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), an organisation which the SPLC describes as being a hate group.[19] In a blog post circulated by CIS in 2012, she said, responding to Karl Rove, the George W. Bush administration strategist, "those who advocate continued mass immigration choose the path of national suicide."[12]

At a shared conference of the American Freedom Party and the Council of Conservative Citizens in June 2018 at the Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee, Abernethy was a speaker along with Kevin MacDonald, also a leading member of the AFP, and David Duke who was the principal speaker.[20]

In 2012, the Anti-Defamation League referred to Abernathy as an "unabashed white supremacist", and the Southern Poverty Law Center called her a "full-fledged professor of hate," adding her to a list of 30 new activists heading the radical right.[4] Abernethy denied that she was a "white supremacist," preferring to describe herself as an "ethnic separatist."

Protect Arizona Now

She was involved in Arizona's Proposition 200 campaign. She was Chair of the National Advisory Board of the Protect Arizona Now (PAN) committee which promoted Proposition 200 in that state's 2004 election. Proposition 200, which passed, limited undocumented immigrants access to government benefits and to require proof of citizenship for registering to vote.[12]

During the campaign, she replied to a journalist's question about her views by stating how she distinguished between being a separatist, rather than a supremacist: "Groups tend to self-segregate. I know that I'm not a supremacist. I know that ethnic groups are more comfortable with their own kind."[11][21]


  1. ^ "Ron Paul campaign denies white supremacist ties alleged by Anonymous". Yahoo! News. February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
  2. ^ Alison Knezevich (June 15, 2011). "Labor changing mind on Tomblin?". The Charleston Gazette. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013.
  3. ^ Khetani, Sanya (February 1, 2012). "Anonymous Has Revealed The British National Party's Links To An American White Supremacist Group". Business Insider. Archived from the original on July 1, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Wadhwani, Anita (October 22, 2012). "Hate watch list includes retired Vanderbilt professor". USA Today. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e "About Virginia", Dr. Abernethy's home page, retrieved Oct 19, 2009.
  6. ^ Tiger, Lionel; Fowler, Heather T. (1978). Female Hierarchies. Transaction Publishers. ISBN 978-1-4128-2353-1.
  7. ^ a b "Nine honored with Emeritus titles". Reporter (Vanderbilt University Medical Center). Nashville, Tennessee. 1999-05-14. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  8. ^ "Abernethy, Virginia D K". AAAS. August 1, 2016. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "TOQ-Virginia Deane Abernethy - TB and immigration-Vol 2 No 3". Archived from the original on November 20, 2008. Retrieved January 22, 2008.
  10. ^ "The Minister of Minstrelsy". The Nation. Retrieved November 4, 2009.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Virginia Abernethy". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  12. ^ a b c d "Anti-Immigrant Group Circulates Blog From White Supremacist In Weekly Email". Anti-Defamation League. November 20, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  13. ^ "Dr. Virginia Abernethy joins American Third Position Board of Directors | American Third Position". Archived from the original on July 3, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  14. ^ "Racist Prof Latest to Join Group That Seeks White Rule in America". Southern Poverty Law Center.
  15. ^ "Virginia Abernethy". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  16. ^ a b Abernethy, Virginia (December 1994). "Optimism and Overpopulation". The Atlantic Monthly. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  17. ^ Blumenthal, Max (August 31, 2004). "White Noise". The American Prospect. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  18. ^ Abernethy, Virginia (January 1993). Population Politics: The Choices that Shape Our Future. Insight Books. ISBN 9780306444616.
  19. ^ Piggott, Stephen; Amend, Alex (May 23, 2017). "More Than An Occasional Crank: 2,012 Times the Center for Immigration Studies Circulated White Nationalist Content". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  20. ^ Kwong, Jessica (June 12, 2018). "Former KKK Leader David Duke to Hold White Nationalist Rally in Tennessee". Newsweek. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  21. ^ Wells, Byron (August 16, 2004). "Migrant foe tied to racism". East Valley Tribune. Arizona.

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