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Thursday, December 16, 2004
Opinion: Part 1: What's wrong with Ron Wilson
Along with other concerned editorial boards, the Myrtle Beach Sun-Times' is unequivocally opposing the appointment of the man who made the Sons of Confederate Veterans a twin brother to the white supremacist League of the South to a position of trust. Their editorial gets to the heart of the matter: A person who considers at least half of South Carolina's public school children unteachable because they are not white has no business helping set education policy. Ron Wilson belongs on a State Board of Education about as much as David Duke does.
Tenenbaum is the leader of the board. She has asked that conscientious South Carolinians join her in opposing Wilson's inclusion.
The State is also telling it like it is.
Do consider what the editorial says in the paragraph above. It is quite common for members of the far Right to reject public education. They believe that it is too democratic because it is available to all. They resent it because it does not incorporate religion. They take issue with it for not presenting the pseudo-historical views they hold dear. Ron Wilson and the groups he holds leadership positions in are firm believers in all of that. One of the Confederate heroes they often cite, Rev. R.L. Dabney, was quite clear on how black children should be 'educated' in“The Negro and the Common School.”
Dabney, whose writings boil with contempt for the very existence of African-Americans, continued the theme in “Ecclesiastical Equality of Negroes.”
You can read more of Dabney's vitriol at any neo-Confederate site. Wilson and his fellow travelers have not moved beyond such thinking. Indeed, they cling to it in hope of returning to the society they consider ideal -- the antebellum South. His supporters are probably hoping he can make way in de-funding public education in the S.C. It is a measure of the spitefulness of members of the neo-Confederate movement that they would like to put Wilson on a board that is meant to serve South Carolina's multiracial public school population. That spitefulness should be answered explicitly. He should not be seated on the State Board of Education.
Note: There will be a second part to this entry.posted by J. | 10:00 PM
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
News: Racist with Asperger 's faces trial for murder
The Hardy Lloyd case interests me. The young Pennsylvanian is one of the several members of Matt Hale's Church of the Creator who has been convicted in criminal cases. As you know, the 'church' is a gathering place for white supremcacists who declare their race is their religion. Other Creators involved in violent crimes include Benjamin Smith, who slew and wounded several people of color before committing suicide in 1999. And, of course, Hale himself, currently imprisoned for soliciting the murder of a federal judge. Lloyd (pictured) allegedly murdered a girlfriend, who he had met through his activities on the Internet. Those activities included constant posting to racist sites and maintenance of his own white supremacy site, www.whitepittsburghfront.com. Lloyd, 26, shot and killed Lori Hann, 41, after an argument in Pittsburgh this fall. He was bound over for trial in September.
The Post-Gazette has the details.
A reporter at the Post-Gazette was familiar with Lloyd long before the shooting. He calls him Hardy the Autistic Neo-Nazi. Like many people with Asperger's Syndrome, Lloyd has an obsession. That obsession is racism. Dennis Roddy explains.
The younger Lloyd expressed his obsession with race by his Internet choices, distributing fliers supporting white supremacy and harassing people of color. He was a participant in neo-Nazi and racist events and, on more than one occassion, threatened nonwhites or anti-racists with violence. The culmination of Lloyd's achievements as a self-styled white supremacist leader was his selection as the coordinator for the World Church of the Creator for his region.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has kept tabs on Lloyd for a while. An intelligence report after Hann's murder described the man it knew.
Despite trying to start his own version of 'Creativity' after Hale's imprisonment, Lloyd remained ferociously loyal to the Pontifex Maximus of the 'church.' A search of his apartment after the shooting produced fliers promoting racism and plans to attend white supremacist gatherings, in addition to guns. As a convicted felon, Lloyd was forbidden to possess firearms, but had obtained at least a half dozen. Two pistols were found at the scene of the crime.
There is some irony in Lloyd's apparent victim being a white person he was intimately involved with. A preferred victim would probably have been a person of color.
There has been some research linking racism and neurological/mental health disorders. However, the connection has not been explored nearly as much as it should be. Having encountered a person with Asperger's Syndrome who is racially obsessed in the blogosphere, I find the Hardy Lloyd story deja vu. He is like a fully developed version of the person I am familiar with.posted by J. | 10:00 PM