Albemarle County Supervisor Candidate Has Some...Uh, "Interesting" Views on Segregation

Saturday, August 29, 2009

This has got to be a joke, right?
[Albemarle County Board of Supervisors candidate] Rodney Thomas has lived in Charlottesville all his life. He went to Lane High School and as a freshman, was president of the Young Republican Club in 1958, the year Governor Lindsay Almond closed the school rather than integrate it.

"We got along fine," he says of African-American students. "I think it was a pure government thing to force down people throats. Blacks had the best school.
We loved to go over there [to Burley]."
Yeah, great times back then, back in the days of "massive resistance," segregation, Jim Crow, etc. Of course, what else would you expect from someone who is "listening to 'The Schilling Show' when a reporter arrives" and who is currently reading "The Hunt for Confederate Gold" by Thomas Moore.

Who is Thomas Moore, you ask? Over at the New Dominion Project, Aimee Fausser reports that "Thomas Moore (also of Charlottesville, VA) is Chairman of the Southern National Congress" (among other things, this group believes that "the Southern people are a distinct people") and that he wrote the following:
This unfolding tragedy is enveloping all Americans. But we Southerners are the special target of the Regime. Why? To start with, we're the last Christian nation on the planet and we retain some residual commitment to the ideals of Christian liberty held by great Southerners like Patrick Henry, John C. Calhoun, and Jefferson Davis. Second, we're a distinct nation, a separate people, and the last true civilisation in the West. Our culture preserves the vestiges of the once-great civilisation centered on the British Isles and Northern Europe. The imperial elites hate us for this reason as much as any other, because their program of ultimate control depends upon breaking down all such local loyalties, distinctions, and identities with the corrosive acid of "multi-culturalism" and "diversity."
Yes, that's right, what we have here is an outright, unabashed racist. And the guy reading the outright, unabashed racist's book and listening to far-right-wing talk radio when a reporter comes to interview him? Well, he's the 2009 Republican candidate for Albemarle County Board of Supervisors from the Rio Magisterial District. Great stuff, huh?

P.S. In a bizarre sidenote, Rodney Thomas is "on the regional board of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership." Uh, Sorensen dudes? You might want to look into that one.