Great song Blueface, but about Birmingham’s former governor . . .
“The primary reason I beat him (George Wallace) was because he was considered soft on the race question.” Wallace agreed and decided to drop his support for integration and was quoted as saying: “no other son-of-a-bitch will ever out-nigger me again”.
One of the ways that Wallace improved his racist credentials was to recruit Asa Earl Carter as his main speechwriter in the 1962 election. Carter, the head of a Ku Klux Klan terrorist organisation, was one of the most extreme racists in Alabama. Carter wrote most of Wallace’s speeches during the campaign and this included the slogan: “Segregation now! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation forever!”
During the campaign to become governor of Alabama in 1962 he told audiences that if the federal government sought to integrate Alabama’s schools, “I shall refuse to abide by any such illegal federal court order even to the point of standing in the schoolhouse door.” Wallace campaign was popular with the white voters and he easily won the election.
In June 1963, Wallace blocked the enrollment of African American students at the University of Alabama. Similar actions in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile made him a national figure and one of the country’s leading figures against the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King told one journalist in 1963 that Wallace was “perhaps the most dangerous racist in America today.”
And here’s another Southern Man for you:
In the early 1970s Duke founded the White Youth Alliance, a group affiliated with the neo-Nazi National Socialist White People’s Party in Arlington, Virginia. In 1974, he founded and became the self-appointed Imperial Wizard of the Louisiana-based Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He established the National Association for the Advancement of White People in 1980 and the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (originally named the National Organization for European American Rights) in January 2000.
In 1989 Duke won a seat representing Metairie, Louisiana, in the Louisiana State Legislature. Five unsuccessful political campaigns followed: a 1990 bid for the U.S. Senate, a 1991 campaign for the governorship of Louisiana, a bid for the Presidency in 1992, another senatorial race in 1996, and a 1998 attempt to win a Congressional seat in Louisiana. In both the 1990 and 1991 races, he attracted a majority of Louisiana’s white voters.
But, of course most folks aren’t like that.