The Southern Poverty Law Center (SLPC) lists 19 hate groups that are active in South Carolina. That number is being cited in numerous articles due to the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. What groups are listed by the SLPC?
In 2013, Josh Doggrell took the stage at the national conference for the neo-Confederate League of the South (LOS). He spoke about gun rights, county supremacy, the state of law enforcement in Alabama, and his loyalty to the League, writes the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
The League of the South is a neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second Southern secession and a society dominated by “European Americans,” writes the SPLC.
“It’s wonderful to be around sanity,” the founder and chairman of the League’s John C. Calhoun chapter in a video of the event posted to YouTube.
It was a common speech for a League conference. But Doggrell wasn’t quite a common southern nationalist, because he was a police officer, a lieutenant in the Anniston Police Department, and he wasn’t the only one; a second officer from his department, Lieutenant Wayne Brown, joined Doggrell at the convention, and they had come with good news – good news for any self-respecting southern nationalist at least.
The two Anniston, Alabama, police officers, attended the 2013 conference held by the neo-Confederate group the League of the South. Doggrell spoke at the conference—clips of which appear above.
The “godly” nation envisioned by the League should be run by an “Anglo-Celtic” (read: white) elite that would establish a Christian theocratic state and politically dominate blacks and other minorities, according to the SPLC.
Originally founded by a group that included many Southern university professors, the group lost its Ph.D.s as it became more explicitly racist. The league denounces the federal government and northern and coastal states as part of “the Empire,” a materialist and anti-religious society.
In recent years, it has become increasingly rabid, writing about potential violence, criticizing perceived Jewish power, and warning blacks that they would be defeated in any “race war.”
A House GOP leader has acknowledged that he once addressed a gathering of white supremacists, though his office denies any association with the group’s social views.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the chamber’s third-ranking Republican, served in the Louisiana Legislature when he appeared in 2002 at a convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO).
The group was founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, and the Southern Poverty Law Center has classified the group as a hate group.
In a written statement, Scalise aide Moira Bagley Smith confirmed that Scalise addressed the group as it gathered at a hotel near the neighborhoods that both Scalise and Duke represented during separate terms as state lawmakers.