Seeing as how I’ve been away from South Carolina for nearly three years, I expected to come across a few changes in the way things are upon my return. Some good. Some bad. Some as sucky as a vaccum cleaner full of leeches.
That said, it does come as a something of a pleasant surprise to learn that the World Famous Redneck Shop and Klan Museum is no more. With the Neo-confederate movement going strong here and with Southern Legal Resource Center lawyer Kirk Lyons and his crew more or less taking over the Sons of Confederate Veterans, I thought there would be plenty of white power hate to keep the controversial Redneck Shop in business until the second coming of Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Wait. You mean, the Redneck Shop didn’t close it’s doors? It was bought out? But who would do such a thing?
Well, as fate would have it, that hotbed of Palmetto State hate was apparently bought out by a Neo-Nazi group from Minnesota, the National Socialist Movement. The shop is now, more or less, the campaign HQ of NSM presidential candidate John Taylor Bowles. The Columbia City Paper had a good article on Bowles some months back. Give it a read.
In other Neo-Confederate news, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that African American Confederate flag supporter, H.K. Edgerton, will no longer wave the battle flag in public. Edgerton previously served as the president of the Asheville NAACP before joining Lyons’ SRLC. His ouster from the NAACP came soon after a photo appeared in the paper, featuring Edgerton, Lyons and Neill Panye holding white napkins folded into triangles to their foreheads.