- John Kasper
John Kasper (1929-1998 [http://www.robertsgriffin.com/TaleKasper.pdf 'The Tale of John Kasper'] ] ) was an American far right activist who took a militant stand against racial integration during the civil rights struggle.
Columbia University, Kasper became a devotee of Ezra Poundand opened correspondence with his hero whilst a student. After a spell running a bookshop in Greenwich Villagehe moved to Washington, D.C.where he became a friend of Pound and set up a company to publish the poets' works, as well as those of others such as Charles Olson. Imbibing Pound's rightist ideas he formed the Seaboard White Citizens Council immediately after Brown v. Board of Educationin order to prevent desegregation in Washington.
Kasper came to prominence during the integration of Clinton High School in
Clinton, Tennessee. Kasper came to the town to mobilize the opponents of the move and was arrested during the resulting unrest. In the subsequent trial, which was dogged by a number of jurors having served on the auxiliary police force that arrested Kasper, he was acquitted. [ [http://www.jimcrowhistory.org/resources/narratives/John_Moore.htm 'Mr. John G. Moore on the Desegregation of Clinton High School'] ] As a result of this incident, Kasper became a presence at a number of such protests across the south, often an unwelcome one. [ [http://www.ardemgaz.com/prev/CENTRAL/central0829b.html 'Kasper Not Wanted In Arkansas'] from the Arkansas Democrat] During his campaigning, Kasper served a number of terms in prison for crimes ranging from inciting a riot to loitering. He was a suspect in a school bombing in Nashvilleas well as a number of synagoguebombings (he was a virulent antisemite) although no evidence was provided to link him directly to any of the cases.
He served eight months for conspiracy in 1957 and upon his release he called for a return to
Constitutionalismand the creation of a third party to oppose the integration that was now supported by both Democrat and Republican alike. He would later become associated with the National States' Rights Partyand ran in the 1964 Presidential election with J. B. Stoneras his running mate. Kasper's final vote tally was, however, negligible. He gained 6,434 popular votes, all of which came from Kentuckyand Arkansas. [ [http://www.statemaster.com/graph/pre_1964_pop_vot_for_joh_kas-1964-popular-votes-john-kasper 'Popular Votes for John Kasper (most recent) by state'] ] Kasper returned to his northern roots in 1967 and effectively left politics, settling down to family life and a series of clerical jobs.
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