Palin’s AG pick defended statue of KKK member, said it ‘gets an A for courage.’

Wayne Anthony Ross, Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R-AK) nominee for Alaska Attorney General, has come under fire recently for previously calling gays “degenerates,” defending men who rape their wives, and downplaying the the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Max Blumenthal reports that Ross once wrote an op-ed defending the presence of a statue of a KKK member after a black student complained:

rossag2.jpgDozens of op-eds Ross authored during the 1980s and 1990s surfaced as key exhibits in the case against his confirmation. Among them is a 1993 piece entitled, “KKK ‘art’ project gets ‘A’ for courage,” in which Ross defended a local college student who had offended an African-American classmate by creating a statue of a Klansman with a cross in one hand and a flag in the other.“It might have been fun to see [the African-American student] try to remove the display,” Ross wrote. “Then she could have been arrested and her future as a student of the university could have been resolved through the university disciplinary proceedings.”

“The university, quite rightly, allowed the artwork to remain, but art professor Gray capitulated and removed the figure from display,” Ross wrote, defending the statue as freedom of speech. Progressive Alaska dug through old newspaper archives and has more offensive commentary from Ross.