A troubling rise in hate-filled white nationalism is taking place in America and abroad. Because we live in a free society, people have the right to associate with any groups they please, even bigoted white nationalists. But when public officials are expressing those hateful views, then we have a serious problem.
Which brings us to Michael Cross, who until Tuesday was serving as an assistant town prosecutor in Collierville.
Reporting by The Commercial Appeal uncovered disturbing social media statements in which Cross praised white nationalist groups, including those who marched through Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, as “God-fearing patriots.”
You will recall that one white nationalist sympathizer ran his car into a crowd of counter protestors, killing one person and injuring several others.
On Tuesday, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich, whose office oversees the work of suburban town prosecutors, revoked Cross’ authority to handle criminal cases.
A short time later, Cross resigned, conveniently citing health reasons. Now there are legitimate questions about whether Cross showed racial bias while prosecuting cases in Collierville.
As I said earlier, people are free to believe any twisted ideology that they wish. But they have no business serving in high-level public positions with the power to determine the freedom of others.
D.A. Weirch did the right thing in stripping cross of that power. But sadly, overt racism and bigotry only seem to be getting worse, not better. And that’s my point of view. I’m Otis Sanford, for Local 24 News.