Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Charleston Post & Courier Spotlights Council Of Conservative Citizens Activist Kyle Rogers; Rogers Decries It As An Attack On Him

On June 24th, 2012, the Charleston Post & Courier published a lengthy article about Kyle Rogers, one of the most prominent activists with the Council of Conservative Citizens. While the Post did regurgitate some SPLC propaganda about the CofCC, it seemed like a relatively balanced article, although in his subsequent response on the Charleston Conservative Examiner, Rogers characterized the article as a major attack on him.

Summary: Kyle Rogers is a resident of the nearby city of Summerville, living in a neighborhood that's about 80 percent White. He knows very few of his neighbors, but the large number of conservative bumper stickers he sees on their cars implies the neighbors share many of his political values. Rogers is single and without children, and holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Ohio State University and works in the computer field. He chose not to disclose his place of employment or allow reporters to visit his home, a prudent precaution in the wake of the ARA terrorist attack on a White heritage group in Tinley Park, IL. As a matter of fact, an individual named Tommy Marz posted the following threat to Rogers in The Post:

Rogers joined the Council of Conservative Citizens 12 years ago in Ohio after a friend shared the group’s literature with him. He went on to lead the Columbus chapter, and Rogers later wrote that he joined the group not only to fight for conservative values, but also to preserve his European and Southern heritage. The Southern Poverty Law Center continues to misrepresent the CofCC as "white supremacist"; since it accepts non-Whites as members, the CofCC can be better described as a racial populist group rather than a racial nationalist group. While racial nationalists want an all-White society, racial populists will settle for a White-majority society on the premise that Whites are the only group numerous enough to serve as the demographic glue to hold America together. America worked much better as a nation back in the 1950s when it was 89 percent White and non-White immigration was strictly limited.

Local Reaction: Rogers dabbled in local politics for a while and served as a delegate at the Charleston County Republican convention in 2007. County GOP Chairwoman Lin Bennett couldn’t recall much about him, and her counterparts in Dorchester County said Rogers hasn’t frequented their meetings since moving to Summerville. And although Rogers credits a CofCC-led rally in Greenville as having helped launch the state’s tea party movement, Charleston Tea Party Chairman Mike Murphree and others said they didn’t know who he was when contacted by The Post and Courier last week. State NAACP President Lonnie Randolph said he has heard of Rogers but has never encountered the man at any function or protest. “We don’t run in the same circles,” he said. “I like to keep my sheets on the bed.”

By all accounts, Rogers likes to keep his sheets on the bed as well.

Kyle Rogers also writes for the Council of Conservative Citizens’ newspaper, the Citizens Informer, and for the Charleston Conservative Examiner, opining on everything from black extremism to the Kennewick Man, an ancient skeleton found in Washington state. He claims the bones prove that Whites arrived in America first, only to be slaughtered by Indians. Gordon Baum, chief executive officer of the Council of Conservative Citizens, effusively praised Rogers as one of the smartest guys in the organization, a natural writer with a keen grasp of history. He predicted that Rogers will go far in the organization.

The CofCC has now published its own reaction to The Post article. At least one-third of the comments appended to The Post are supportive of Rogers. Rogers has published a rebuttal on the Charleston Conservative Examiner. He said that The Post reporter Glen Smith told him his editor assigned him the task of writing about Rogers, and begged him to let him come and take pictures of Rogers in front of his house. Rogers told him he wasn't interested in helping the paper with their obvious goal of making his home a target.

Rogers said he talked to Smith for over an hour on the phone. From their conversation he looked for what small snippets he could take out of context to look incendiary. Next to Rogers' face is a statement that he believe black slaves hit the “slave lottery.” This was a few words taken out of context from about a five minute discussion into the African slave trade. Rogers also noticed the comment posted by Tommy Marz that solicits violence against himself and members of the Council of Conservative Citizens.

It's no wonder Kyle Rogers saw the article as a "major attack".

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