Opinion: Zeigler should renounce League of South
|State Auditor Jim Zeigler (Image courtesy of the Times-Journal)|
Via the Montgomery Advertiser:
"Why would state Auditor Jim Zeigler -- or any other state official -- think it’s acceptable to be linked to the League of the South, a neo-Confederate organization widely viewed as a hate group? Zeigler addressed the group last week, a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch notes.
Zeigler spoke to the LOS on his grandstanding meddling in the display of the portraits of former Govs. George and Lurleen Wallace in the state Capitol. The portraits were moved to a different location earlier this year. Zeigler has no official standing in the matter, which has nothing to do with the auditor’s office, but that did not deter him from his opportunistic crusading to bring them back to the previous spot in the rotunda.
The Wallace portraits are a minor issue. Of far greater concern is an Alabama constitutional officer allowing his public office and the official weight it carries as such to be tied in any way to the League of the South and its extreme views.
The league has advocated a second secession from the United States and formation of a separate state for white Christian Southerners. Its president, Michael Hill, has written of a race war. Consider these chilling words from one of his essays:
“Negroes are more impulsive than whites. Tenacity and organization are not the negroes [sic] strong suits. If [a race war] could be won by ferocity alone, he might have a chance. But like the adrenaline rush that sparks it, ferocity is short lived. And it can be countered by cool discipline, an historic white trait.”
This is not a heritage group.
If Zeigler does not share the views of the League of the South, he should make that clear at once and avoid any further contact with the organization. If he is not willing to say he does not support such affronts to common sense and American unity as secession and a separate Southern state for white Christians, he will make plain his unfitness for public office.
One would think Zeigler would have enough to do as auditor to occupy his time in more productive and useful ways that might actually serve the people he asked to elect him to the office. Actions that lend even the hint of official legitimacy to an organization such as the League of the South are unacceptable.
If Zeigler wants to wrap himself in the Stars and Bars and indulge in secession nonsense, so be it, but he should not do so as long as he’s on the public payroll."
Restoring the honor!