News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion
MONDAY, MAY 15, 2006


Democratic voters should snub white manís candidate

Larry Darby, who is running for attorney general of Alabama, is revisiting issues that we hope most voters will consider to have been settled long ago.

"Someone needs to speak up for the white man," Mr. Darby says. He was scheduled to speak Saturday near Newark, N.J., to a group called National Vanguard, which bills itself as an advocate for the white race.

He says he is trying to "re-awaken white racial awareness" in his campaign, calling himself a "Dixiecrat" — a term that hearkens back to a 1948 national splinter party that opposed civil rights and nominated Strom Thurmond for president.

Speaking of the civil rights movement, Mr. Darby says it brought unwelcome changes to the South. He compares it with the current controversy over immigrants' rights, describing the "Mexican invasion" as "an assault on our Southern culture and very survival as a people."

Mr. Darby also denies that the Holocaust occurred, saying no more than 140,000 Jews died in Europe during World War II, and most of them succumbed to typhus. Historians say the Nazis killed 6 million Jews.

Those are not Mr. Darby's only controversial positions, but enough to show that he has failed to discard discredited views that caused people a lot of pain in the past.

Joe Turnham, state Democratic Party chairman, seems to take Mr. Darby more seriously than does the other Democratic candidate for attorney general, Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Jr.

Mr. Turnham said the party only recently became aware of some of Mr. Darby's opinions and is considering what to do about his candidacy. While the party supports free speech, some of Mr. Darby's views appear to be in "a realm of thought that is unacceptable," Mr. Turnham said.

But Mr. Tyson said, "I do not take him as a serious candidate."

The best outcome would not be Mr. Darby being denied the right to run for office, but Democratic voters soundly repudiating him in the June 6 primary. This would show conclusively that he speaks for few people other than himself.

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