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Finalist for Higher Ed Post Edited Neo-Confederate Magazine

May 10, 2019
 
 

Oran Smith, one of three people named as finalists to be executive director of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, spent a decade editing Southern Partisan, a neo-Confederate magazine, The State reported. The magazine has toned itself down recently, but its content during the time Smith led it is considered crucial to the return of white nationalist thinking. In the 1990s, when Smith was editor, the magazine sold shirts with President Lincoln on the front and “sic semper tyrannis” on the back. Smith told The State that he was a history buff, and that he has -- since the 2015 massacre of members of a black church in Charleston, S.C. -- changed his views on many issues. The search committee chair said that members were not aware of Smith's background with Southern Partisan.

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