Blackwell Makes Common Cause with White Supremacist
Maybe Republican gubernatorial candidate Kenneth Blackwell is “one of the good ones.”
Blackwell, who is African-American, did a campaign tour through Ohio last week with a man considered to be one of the nation’s leading white supremacists. Blackwell appeared with Larry Pratt, author of Armed People Victorious, who supports citizens forming armed militias and is an outspoken supporter of gun ownership rights.
The Free Press reports Pratt has spoken at events in the past with Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi leaders. Also, he was forced to leave Pat Buchanan’s 1996 presidential campaign for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that Pratt said he couldn’t be a racist because he was campaigning with Blackwell, who he called “our kind of guy.” Over the weekend a Blackwell spokesman conceded on a Columbus talk radio show that Pratt was a racist but added the joint appearance “was all about the gun rights issue.”
As The Free Press notes, Blackwell also has campaigned with other extreme right-wing figures, including delivering a speech before the Council for National Policy, which espouses segregationist views and includes members who supported South Africa’s apartheid system.
As Republicans continue to tout Blackwell’s ethnicity and status as Ohio’s first African-American gubernatorial candidate to sway black Democrats, this latest bit of campaigning is disingenuous at best.
— Kevin Osborne