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CAIR's launched its campaign with a letter to NFRW leaders asking them to institute internal reforms to end the promotion of bigotry and following an announcement that the Lake Federated Republican Women's Club in Leesburg, Florida--an NFRW affiliate--will host Jonathan Matusitz, a speaker CAIR has tabbed as an Islamophobe.
On February 12, CAIR wrote NFRW President Kathy Brugger to seek clarification of the group's views of American Muslims.
Indeed, historians often consider such ideas a relic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but Rymph argues for their lasting impact, as Martin's successor Elizabeth Farrington revitalized the seemingly archaic discourse of moral superiority when she became NFRW president in 1948.
A more compelling analysis of the persistent tacit identity politics that have long defined the GOP and conservatism at large as white comes from Rymph, who observes the ostensibly pro-woman Republican delegate expansion of the 1920s that effectively served to weaken black representation in the party by diluting southern representation, as well as the NFRW's Marion Martin-era decision to allow state-level racial discrimination (Martin herself called black women's clubs' antidiscrimination efforts "some headache" in a 1946 memorandum) (83).
In the wake of her NFRW defeat, she began to write and distribute the monthly Phyllis Schlafly Report.
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