MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A coalition of social justice groups criticized Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill’s social media posts Tuesday, including a since-deleted retweet that mentioned a “war on whites.”
The groups and individuals held a news conference at the Alabama Capitol, saying they were following up on a letter sent last week to the elected Republican expressing disapproval of the posts. Some speakers called on Merrill to resign. Others said said the posts were irresponsible from a statewide officer holder.
Project Say Something Founder Camille Bennett said “dog whistle politics” were the tool of past segregationist Gov. George Wallace and that Merrill needs to understand that could incite violence.
“Here we are in 2020 and we still have white men at the state Capitol dog whistling, talking about a war on whites. What war do you speak of?” Bennett said.
Merrill had recently retweeted one item that criticized