Man arrested in death of white supremacist
April 22, 2010 20:30 EDT
Sheriff Ronnie Pennington in Rankin County says Richard Barrett's body was found early Thursday after residents reported smoke coming from his house near Jackson, Miss.
Pennington says 22-year-old Vincent McGee has been charged with murder. Pennington said McGee, who is black, had not yet hired a lawyer. His mother had no comment.
The 67-year-old Barrett had traveled around the United States to promote anti-black and anti-immigrant views. He founded a supremacist group called the Nationalist Movement.
The Nationalist Movement is a Mississippi-based, white supremacist organization that advocates what it calls a "pro-majority" position. It has been called white supremacist by the Associated Press and Anti-Defamation League, among others. Its leader was Richard Barrett and its Secretary is Barry Hackney. Its activities include its Warrior-Training Camp, Unixandria Library, Crosstar website, Prisoner Pen-Pal Club, All The Way newspaper, Free-Tip news-service, Crosstar Forum, Airlink television-studios and Nationalist Legal-Defense Fund. The symbol of the movement is the Crosstar.
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Barrett's influence on the white supremacy scene has never been strong and continues to dwindle. His ability to insert himself into and inflame local controversies, however, along with his willingness to fight First Amendment issues in court, have kept his profile high. Reporters expect him to give offensive speeches and to enrage crowds, and he seldom disappoints. While he has been derided for his extravagant self-regard -- his group's Web site provides a form for visitors to nominate the Nationalist Movement for the Nobel Peace Prize, for instance -- he also has an acute sense of cultural fault lines and has skillfully heightened civic disagreements across the country. For this task, he does not require a large following, just publicity and opposition. Whenever Barrett decides to take to the streets, local officials and law enforcement must deal with increased anxiety in the community and the possibility of violence.
Like him or hate him there can be no doubt that Richard Barrett was a thorn in the side of our enemy. I think he would be best discribed as an American Nationalist not a White Supremacists. It is of little wonder that a black man has been arrested for his alleged murder.
Richard Barrett Vietnam Veteran, White Civil Rights activist, Lawyer, Segregationist. 1943-2010.