Thursday, February 20, 2003

Man Resigns from SCV

The man who stirred controversy with a public fight he said was aimed at keeping the Sons of Confederate Veterans from becoming a neo-Confederate hate group has resigned as Greensboro's camp commander.

Gilbert Jones of Greensboro said he stepped down to ensure that the local Col. John Sloan Camp, one of eight chapters in North Carolina that has had their charters suspended by the national SCV leadership, could continue to operate.

"The only way for them to get their charter unsuspended, and to keep it, was to get rid of me," Jones said.

Last summer, Jones went public with his campaign to block the potential election of Black Mountain attorney Kirk Lyons as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, which encompasses the SCV's largest membership.

The Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama has described Lyons as "a well known, hard-core racist." Lyons has denied that e is a white supremacist but admitted to being a "unreconstructed Southerner."

Here's the SPLC's report on Kirk Lyons and some additional articles on neo-confederates.