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TN Home to White Supremacist Presidential Ticket

Virginia Abernathy, an 80-year-old retired Vanderbilt professor, is the focus of a Tennessean story on her role as “an emerging leader of the white supremacist movement.”
Abernethy appears on the Tennessee ballot as running mate to Gatlinburg-area filmmaker Merlin Miller, who is running for president of the United States. They are listed as independent candidates on the Tennesee ballot, but represent the American Third Position Party, or A3P..
The whites-only polit­i­cal party was formed “to rep­re­sent the inter­ests of White Amer­i­cans,” according to its website. It has run a handful of candidates for offices as varied as the Mesa, Ariz., City Council and the New Hampshire governor’s office. Republicans in New Hampshire called A3P the party of “despicable racists.”
Abernethy calls all the attention misguided but amusing.
“I think it’s hilarious,” said Abernethy, speaking from the corner office on the Vanderbilt campus that is hers for life as a professor emerita of anthropology and psychiatry. “I’m 104 pounds exactly. I’m punching above my weight, to hear the SPLC tell it.”
She politely would like to set the record straight.
She is not a white supremacist, Abernethy said.
She’s an environmentalist and a scientist. She opposes most immigration. She’s a feminist who helped put an end to Vanderbilt professors calling female medical students “girls.” She’s a Christian and a European-American.
She is also, she said, an “ethnic separatist.”
“Separatism says, ‘Birds of a feather flock together,'” Abernethy said. “I say, ‘Let them.’ What I see is rampant racial discrimination against European-Americans. And I am not in favor of discrimination.
“I see African-American groups and Asian-American groups and I feel that we should respect our identity as European-Americans as well.
“I do not see anything whatever wrong with that.”

Court Says ‘Religious’ TN Prisoner Can Get White Supremacist Mail

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A convicted murderer won the right Wednesday to wage a court fight to receive hate-filled white supremacist material in a Tennessee prison because he claims it’s part of his religion.
A federal appeals court ruled that a U.S. district judge should not have dismissed Anthony Hayes’ lawsuit against Tennessee and its prison system.
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived Hayes’ lawsuit, saying it was improperly dismissed because neither the lower court nor the state of Tennessee addressed whether barring Hayes from receiving the mailings violated a federal law that strengthens religious freedom.
The law, known at the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, has been used by a variety of prisoners in legal battles.
It’s not clear if the state will appeal. A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Attorney General’s office said lawyers are reviewing the ruling.

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