In what is perhaps a sad sign of our still-racist times, outspoken Indiana lawyer and prosecutor Tony Zirkle, who attended the Naval Academy and has a Georgetown University degree, is running in the Republican party primary as a candidate for Congress in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District. According to news reports, Zirkle openly asserts that:
whites are victims of a “genocide,” that the races should be segregated into different states and that pornography is a Jewish plot against women. . . . On top of all that, Zirkle accepted an invitation to address a group of swastika-wearing, Sieg-Heiling Nazi party members at a celebration of what would have been Adolf Hitler’s 119th birthday on April 20 in Chicago — birthday cake and all.
The news report continues:
The personal-injury lawyer says he’s running for Congress to combat “the genocide of the white race” that pornography is causing — an “unholy pornocaust” against white Christian women. “We now have a small army of male black porn stars that are sifting through five, ten, fifteen thousand women,” he said. “One man can now genocide the wombs of thousands of women,” infecting them with sexually transmitted diseases that leave them barren. He calls it “Porn mule womb slaughter . . . the most effective weapon of mass destruction.”
This is right out of the most extreme version of the white racial frame. We see clearly how central “dangerous” black men are to white minds like that of Zirkle. Well, a reader might say that he is very unusual and has likely been rejected by almost all Republicans. Not exactly. He got 30 percent of the vote in the 2006 Republican primary. Moreover, the news account notes that:
. . . he doesn’t think he is too far out of the Republican mainstream. . . . He believes the solution to STDs and out-of-wedlock births is to separate blacks and whites into segregated states, but he says that’s fully in the tradition of the party. “The original Republican party” felt the same way, he said. “Abraham Lincoln called for African-Americans to be deported back to Africa.”
Like many confused white men, he seems to be focused on black men–even though the issues of STDs and out of wedlock births, significant issues in white America, obviously have nothing to do with black men (who are already living in a very segregated society thanks to whites). And he has the story of Lincoln a bit wrong. Lincoln did favor encouraging African Americans freed from slavery to go back to Africa and colonize, but he did not call for forcible deportation. Although a complex man, Lincoln was often white supremacist in his framing of African Americans and of U.S. society, an issue that most Americans today do indeed lack information on.
Republican party officials have officially endorsed another Indiana candidate, Luke Puckett, and disavowed Zirkle. Yet, he is likely to garner many white Republican votes.
Zirkle is not alone in his radical views. Cliff Schecter, a political commentator and columnist for Knight Ridder, has pointed to other political ties between Republicans and white supremacists:
From the many years [Senator John McCain] rejected a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday (pretty much the entire 70s and 80s) to his serial flip-flops on the Confederate Flag in 2000 . . . to his close association with a white supremacist named Richard Quinn, who found himself hired as a political advisor by McCain in 2000 (and still is from what I can tell) after openly praising David Duke (he called him a “maverick”) selling t-shirts praising the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and writing/editing for a magazine (Southern Partisan) that reminded us that slave masters just really weren’t all that bad.
These stories have gotten, compared to the Dr. Wright and Senator Obama relationship, little mass media attention. Apparently for those who control the media it is more OK for a U.S. political party to be associated with avowed white supremacists than with a Black minister (like Dr. Wright) who has attacked that white supremacy and the white racism that much research shows still undergirds this society.