With many South Carolinians still shaking their heads and asking themselves “how did we let Mark freaking Sanford win a Congressional seat?”, comes word today via Raw Story that embattled governor Nikki Haley has appointed an apparent white supremacist to her re-election campaign steering committee.
Roan Garcia-Quintana, himself a Cuban immigrant, who claims to be purely of European descent, is accused, both by the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP, of being a white supremacist; Haley appointed the Greenville, SC, native, as a “co-chair” to her campaign’s steering committee last February.
According to the ADL, Roan Garcia-Quintana is director of the white supremacist organization Council of Conservative Citizens. They allege he “is a well-known leader in the CofCC, a group descended from the White Citizens Councils, which opposed desegregation of schools during the Civil Rights era.” The CofCC statement of principles says, “We therefore oppose the massive immigration of non-European and non-Western peoples into the United States that threatens to transform our nation into a non-European majority in our lifetime.”
The NAACP describes the Council as “the largest white nationalist group in the country and direct descendant of the white Citizens Councils that fought to defend Jim Crow segregation during the 1950s and 1960s.”
The revelation is particularly puzzling, given that Haley’s parents are from India, and thus, “non-European” immigrants, themselves. Perhaps she’ll use Garcia-Quintana’s name to point to “diversity” within her campaign, while, ironically, that very person is about as immigrant-friendly as the Aryan Nation. Who knows?
This much, though, is almost certain; this news may not lose her much support, but it could certainly be the type of “dog whistle” appointment that “stirs up the echoes” of white supremacists within this state when she’ll surely face a stiff re-election bid.