The Washington Post notes this afternoon that:
"James J. Kilpatrick, 89, a fiery advocate of racial segregation as a Richmond newspaper editor in the 1950s who became a sparring partner of liberals on the television show "60 Minutes" and a syndicated columnist who offered conservative views on subjects ranging from politics to proper use of the English language, died Aug. 15 at George Washington University hospital. He had congestive heart failure."
Kilpatrick was born in Oklahoma City but came to Richmond around 1940 - for a while he lived on West Ave. near what is now the Monroe Park Campus of VCU.
The Washington Post wrote:
"He went to work for the News Leader and rose quickly under the tutelage of editor Douglas S. Freeman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. At age 30, he succeeded Freeman as editor."
Kilpatrick might be one of our most "infamous" Richmonders - the New York Times sums it up pretty well:
"Mr. Kilpatrick popularized interposition, the doctrine that individual states had the constitutional duty to interpose their separate sovereignties against federal court rulings that went beyond their rightful powers and, if necessary, to nullify them, an argument traced to the writings of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John C. Calhoun.
He debated on television with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and wrote on race and states’ rights in “The Sovereign States: Notes of a Citizen of Virginia” (Regnery, 1957) and “The Southern Case for School Segregation” (Crowell-Collier, 1962).
At times, Mr. Kilpatrick went beyond constitutional arguments. In 1963, he drafted an article for The Saturday Evening Post with the proposed title “The Hell He Is Equal,” in which he wrote that “the Negro race, as a race, is in fact an inferior race.”
- Ray B.