Southern Cultural Center to Host ‘National’ Neo-Confederate Conference in Wetumpka

Beginning this morning at 9 a.m., people will begin arriving at the Southern Cultural Center in Wetumpka for what the neo-Confederate organization has described as “the most dramatic and hair-raising event we have ever rendered to the Southern Cultural Center”.

The event is billed as CSC’s inaugural national conference, with tickets giving attendees access to the two-day event which includes six speakers, lunch, dinner and a performance by the band “Shades of Grey”.

The CSC, labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, says its goal is to restore a “free and independent (sic) southern republic”.

“We envision states peacefully and lawfully exercising their right to self-determination and withdrawing from the current union dominated by an aggressive and centralized federal government; only then can a true constitutional republic, based on the Bible and the original Constitution, once again be able to exist in America,” the center’s website reads.

The center once served as the national conference site of the Southern League, another neo-Confederate group and a participant in the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., which resulted in the death of a woman protesting the event and injuring 35 other people.

Mike Whorton, president of the Southern Cultural Center, parted ways with SU in 2018, stepping down as president of the SU’s Alabama chapter and denying LOS use of the building for its annual conference.

An SPLC report pointed to Facebook posts that show Whorton parted ways with LOS due to unease with its growing militarism.

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Since then, the Southern Cultural Center has continued to bring in speakers and hold “jamborees” for members to celebrate Confederate history and Southern tradition and hear speakers regarding the Confederate cause.

APR contacted Whorton to request access to cover the event, but was denied.

“After considering the advice of the CSC Board of Directors, attendees and some of the speakers, we have decided not to admit media to the 2022 conference,” Whorton sent in a text.

One of the speakers at the event, John Weaver, is listed as a neo-Confederate extremist on the SPLC website.

“For years, Weaver was a leading member of the Conservative Citizens’ Council, a hate group that opposes interracial marriage and has portrayed black people as a ‘backward species of humanity,'” the profile reads. of the SPLC. “He also served as long-time chaplain to the Southern heritage group Sons of Confederate Veterans at a time when its leadership was largely controlled by racist extremists.”
Weaver is to open the conference with a lecture titled “Is Authority Legitimate”. He will also speak on the second day with a speech entitled “Is it right to resist tyrannical governments”.

The conference will also bring together Kirk Lyons, president of the Southern Legal Resource Center and Texas nationalist secessionist. The conference program shows that Lyons will talk about “deannexation” and “Texit”. The Texas GOP voted in June to hold a referendum on secession from the United States.

Ron and Don Kennedy, authors of “The South was right”, will talk about their book and “how we can win”.

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Clif McGhar ​​will speak on “the neoconservative spirit in Southland”.

Carl Jones, former commander of the Alabama Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, will speak about “Yankees, the South and the Union”.

Charles Schmitz will speak on “The Agrarians of the South and How We Can Live Today”.

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