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Revisions and Repetitions 4. 1989-90: Negro rapists In 1972, campaigning for George Wallace, Duke was thrown in jail.. Recounting, during 1989-’90 for a book published in 1990, what he saw, Duke said: “The experience made me understand….that white prisoners must be protected from being raped by Negroes, even behind bars.” living instrument for the ideals of Western Christian civilization and… the white race.” Duke denies he said that then; the author said he did. Zatarain, David, pp. 177-184, and see page 28. 1989: Not to Associate “I’m not for any law for segregation or integration. The right not to associate is just as precious as the right to associate.” Duke, quoted in an Associated Press dispatch from New Orleans, 2/20/89. August 1989: All-White America “To tell you the truth, I wouldn’t mind if America were all white today, but that’s not a practical reality.” Duke on 8/10/89 during an interview on WSMB-AM radio, New Orleans, quoted in “The Monitor,” Center for Democratic Renewal, November 1990. 1989: More Prone to Crime “State Rep. David Duke said in a recent interview that blacks are inherently more likely to commit crimes than whites. “‘I do think that there are certain tendencies, certain behavioral tendencies, that are more inherited, and I think that blacks generally, in terms of our society, have more of a tendency to act in anti-social ways,’ Duke…told a Tulane student on Nov. 29. ‘I think blacks have more of a tendency to commit crime.’ “Duke…spoke to Tulane freshman Abby Kaplan, who said she interviewed him for an English paper.” Bridges, “Blacks more,” Times-Picayune. 1989: An All-White U.S. “Duke also said a ‘possible solution’ to race problems is to ship blacks back to Africa. ‘There’s only one country any more that’s all-white, and that’s Iceland,’ he added. ‘And Iceland is not enough.'” Bridges, ibid. 1989: ‘Or Even Racial Hatred’ Duke: I’m not a Klansman, and I reject any sort of violence or illegality, or even racial hatred…. Morton Dean: …what mesmerized you about the KKK…? Duke: Well, as a young man, an idealistic young man, I came to believe that white people were losing their rights in this country, losing their heritage, and at that time, at 17, it was the only organization I saw that was standing up for white rights. The group I joined was legal and lawabiding….And so I joined, and I was active, and I saw the Klan asin a historical role almost like the Reconstruction. There’s a monument at the base of my main street here in New Orleans called the White Monument, which was dedicated to the White League, which was a Klan organization that saved thewell, the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana from the radical reconstructionists, the carpetbaggers, and I admired that. I neverI’venever agree with violence, I’m too young to be part of the Jim Crow system, I’ve always been Dean: But you wereMr. Duke, you were aware of that, that one of the historical perceptions of the KKK is that it lynched blacks in the South, that it was anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic. You were certainly aware of that. Duke: Well, first of all, the Klan in Louisiana was never anti-Catholic….I must say that the perception of the Klan at the turn of the century, for instance, was very positive. The Supreme Court of the United States, “Birth of a Nation” and Chambers, they praised the Klan for saving the South after the war between the states. Even the Encyclopaedia Britannica called the organization a civil work organization. So you ask me what attracted me as a young person, that’s what did it…. Dean: …in the latest Greater New Orleans phone book, the KKK number is listed under your address. How do you explain that?… Duke: …let me explain that to you, sir….There’s no telephone and there’s no bill that comes in the name KKK. Years ago I had an additional listing put in because I was known, obviously, for my prior Klan role. We didn’t realize it was there….When it was brought to our attention, obviously in the campaign, we canceled…. Duke: How can I be called a racist when I believe in equal rights for everybody…. Transcript, “Nightline,” ABC News, 2/20/89. 1989: Agreeing with “Some Aspects” Duke elaborated his ideas on the connections between Nazi Germany and his racial approach to society in his interview with Abby Kaplan, during which he said: “I wouldn’t say Hitler was right on race, but I do believe that there are genetic differences between races and that they profoundly affect culture….I think that for instance there’s differences in physical abilities, there’s differences in musical abilities, there’s differences in I.Q…. “The top 16 finalists for the 100-meter dash at the Olympics…last year were all black. But there’s no prohibition against whites running in the 100-meter dash. I mean there’s something genetic that gives them [blacks] an advantage in that particular contest. “There’s some things that give whites advantages in certain areas. And I.Q. is a reflection of western culture….I.Q. is pretty much a reflection of how well someone will do in school. It has been an accurate predictor. And I think whites score better in that particular category, that particular talent. It doesn’t mean they are innately superior, but it’s a mistake, and it’s kind of unfair to say that, well, because you agree with some aspects of Germany, therefore you’re a Nazi.” See Kaplan’s interview with Duke as further quoted in Ridgeway, Blood, pp. 155-156. 1990: ‘Nigger’ songs ‘funny’ Duke, appearing on a New Orleans TV program and admitting that as late as 1989 he sold music tapes with titles such as ‘Nigger Hatin’ Me’ and ‘Niggers Never Die,’ defended the songs by referring to them as “funny.” LCARN, “Resource.” 1991: How Can That Be Ignored? Garrick Utley: In the 1970s and throughout the 1980s, you have pursued and uttered and articulated a consistent line which was strongly anti-black and strongly anti-Semitic….How can that be ignored? Duke: I don’t think it can be ignored, my past is certainly an issue, and I have regret over some of the intolerant things that I’ve said….0ther people have been intolerant in their lives….We all grow up in our lives…. Look, I’ve been too intolerant, and I’m a Christian person, and I believe that we have a chance to find redemption in Christ and we have a chance to move forward in our lives. Transcript, “Meet the Press,” NBC News, 11/10/91. 8 JANUARY 17 & 31, 1992