From time to time the Southern Poverty Law Center profiles rising white nationalists in its “Intelligence Report,” and South Carolina has once again made the civil rights legal advocacy group’s list of prominent racists. This time, the group reports that the Palmetto State’s own wannabe Hitler Youth leader is active in state Republican Party politics.
Based out of the Charleston area, Kyle Rogers is the 35-year-old head of the Lowcountry chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens, which the SPLC reports is the lineal descendant of the segregationist White Citizens Councils of the 1950s and 1960s. Rogers’ group “oppose[s] all efforts to mix the races of mankind,” and is reported to be one of the most active CCC chapters in the country.
South Carolina is of course no stranger to racialist movements like Rogers’. The town of Laurens has long been home to the “world famous” Redneck Shop, run by the American Nazi Party chief who ran for president in 2008 and is now lobbying for a white supremacist group. The group held a Nazi-themed anti-immigration rally outside the State House in 2007, though it’s unknown whether Rogers attended that particular protest.
Rogers did attend a similar 2010 rally outside the state capitol, delivering an invective-filled (but sparsely attended) speech which seems to alternate Obama-bashing and subtle comments about his Jewish “Big Hollywood” supporters with complaints about white supremacists being called racist. Go figure, right?
Speaking of Obama-bashing, the SPLC also reports that Rogers was a delegate to the 2007 Charleston Co. GOP Convention. While he doesn’t appear to be active in Republican politics on the state level, the SPLC reports that Rogers does continue to tell the CCC’s members to remind the GOP it should be “standing up for whites.”
Rogers also helped organize that silly boycott of the Marvel movie Thor for daring to cast a black man as the Norse god Heimdall, so at least we know the Palmetto State has its own white supremacist group keeping our children safe from the onslaught of multicultural superheroes. Although we’re pretty sure Superman might have something to say about that.