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The life and ideology of Richard Barrett

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By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

Richard Barrett was a lawyer, author and founder and leader of the National White Supremacist Organization.  According to the Anti-Defamation League, Barrett was able to attract small numbers of like-kind.

Barrett was often seen at rallies around the nation, touting his nationalist movement and ideology.  The former Vietnam veteran was labeled everything from a rising star to a troublemaker.  He was in skirmishes, arrested multiple times, and was the suer and suee numerous times in race-relations cases.  

The pro-white Barrett never changed his segregationist ways, was never apologetic for his actions, and frequently sought the spotlight.

"And it's very likely that Richard Barrett may be a candidate for governor in Mississippi," he once said when considering politics in the 1970's.  In fact, in 1979, he did run for governor, even U.S. Congress in 1984 and lost.

He advocated the resettlement of Jews and Mexicans, contending that non-whites, especially blacks, were inferior.  Barrett also spearheaded a movement to support Byron De La Beckwith who was convicted in February of 1994 for the 1963 killing of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Barrett demanded then Governor Kirk Fordice pardon Beckwith, but the action was never considered.

He even showed up at Hinds County Judge Bobby DeLaughter's sentencing in Oxford, wanting so see the judge who he claimed unjustly sent Beckwith to prison, facing jail time himself.

The white supremacist once described himself as "a man whose name will be written in lightning across the pages of American history." A self-proclaimed legacy that ended instead with headlines of his murder.

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