Saturday, December 04, 2004

And I Thought I Was Sick

Still working on my looooooooong piece about Red State voter racism (and hope to post it tonight, if I can keep this bug at bay) when I saw this about the appointment of a high-ranking member of a Confederate heritage group who once sold anti-Semitic books to the South Carolina's Board of Education:
Ron Wilson, a former commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, was selected by a 4-3 vote of the Anderson County delegation to the General Assembly.

“This should send chills down the spine of all South Carolinians,” said Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, which tracks racist groups.

Wilson once sold textbooks to parents who home-school their children. The books included “Barbarians Inside the Gates,” which touted a discredited theory that Jews are working toward world domination.

He praised the book — which the SPLC called “a viciously anti-Semitic tome” — on his personal Web site.

As a member of the state board, Wilson will help determine which textbooks are used in S.C. schools.

The South Carolina Board of Education didn't seem to concerned that a purveyor of hate literature would be deciding what text books go into the schools. They weren't even concerned that Wilson was considered an extremist by many in the Sons of Confederate Veterans (not exactly known as a bastion of racial sensitivity):
While Wilson led the national Sons of Confederate Veterans from 2002 to 2004, he was accused of purging more than 300 politically moderate members.

“He led the attempted takeover of the SCV by extremists and is a very important player in the radicalization of that group,” Potok said.

Go to the website Save the SCV and you'll see a litany of Wilson's extreme views including the SCV's disgust at:
The John Wilkes Booth Camp: Leaders in Ron Wilson’s SCV - No better example of poor taste, stupidity and thuggery can be found in CIC Ron Wilson’s radicalized Sons of Confederate Veterans than the so-called John Wilkes Booth Camp #4-14-‘65 that celebrates the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

The piece I'll post later is about how Red State racism is moving out of the dark and into the light; these people are no longer ashamed of their fuckwit racist views and are getting bold with it. The fact that South Carolina's Board of Education would elect such a blatantly racist sack of crap is just one example of how bold.


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