The chairman of the Georgia Civil War Commission told 11Alive reporter Doug Richards that linking to a white supremacist website from a state government Facebook page was a mistake — but it’s a mistake he can’t explain.
“We’re not… trying to put anything on that Facebook page that’s racist, hurtful or in bad taste. I’m not saying something did not slip through,”chairman John Culpepper told 11Alive.
And despite Culpepper’s claims that Georgia’s Civil War Commission is “not there to incite people,” the commission’s Facebook page routinely posts articles that promote the Confederate flag and diminish the harm of slavery.
It’s also difficult for Culpepper to explain the “mistake” of linking to a white supremacist website when two of his fellow board members commented on the post or re-posted it.
Vice Chairman Charles Kelly Barrow is the only person to comment on the white supremacist Facebook post: “Great article. Maybe this part of history should be talked about more often.”
Barrow is the national commander-in-chief for the national Sons of Confederate Veterans, which is also the group Gov. Nathan Deal said he would consult with to redesign Georgia’s Confederate flag license plate.
Barrow was appointed to the commission by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.
But Barrow isn’t the only neo-Confederate propagandist on the state commission.
Board member Rusty Henderson is one of just four people who shared the white supremacist link on his personal Facebook page.
It’s clear that the current board of the Georgia Civil War Commission doesn’t have the judgement to run a state-sponsored website or Facebook page.
It’s time to pull the plug on the neo-Confederate propaganda promoted by a state commission.
UPDATE: To keep a constant check on whether the GCWC has deleted the post, we’re publishing it here. As long as the Facebook post appears below, the link to the white supremacist website is still live on a Georgia state commission page: