Sunday, December 05, 2004

Way to go, South Carolina

I am mortified for my state:

COLUMBIA - A high-ranking member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has been elected to the state Education Board, sparking protests from civil rights groups.
"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.

Ron Wilson, a former commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, ran unsuccessfully for state Senate this year but was selected to the education panel by a 4-3 vote of state legislators from Anderson County's delegation to replace John Hostetler, a former high-school principal who is retiring.

He once sold textbooks to parents who home-school their children, including "Barbarians Inside the Gates," which touted a discredited theory that Jews are working toward world domination.

Potok's group decried that book as "a viciously anti-Semitic tome."
The new post puts Wilson in the role of approving textbooks, settling teacher grievances and working with the education superintendent's office on policy.

Update: Atrios has picked up on this story, and has more info on the odious views of Mr. Wilson.


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