The best part of the filing, at least to us, was that when Magerman “point[ed] out that society was segregated before the Civil Rights Act and African Americans were required to use separate and inferior schools, water fountains, and other everyday services and items,” Mercer allegedly responded that “those issues were not important.” In a subsequent phone conversation (the “white supremacist” one), Magerman claimed Mercer initially “disputed that he had said such things, although he did not actually deny saying them” and “in the course of rehashing the conversation . . . repeated many of these same views, and even cited research that allegedly supported his opinion that the Civil Rights Act harmed African Americans economically.” (A spokesman for Renaissance declined to comment.)
Apropos of nothing, Mercer was a major supporter of Jeff Session’s nomination for attorney general. Sessions, you may recall, was denied a federal judgeship in 1986 over allegations of racism. Equally disturbing is Mercer’s take on nuclear meltdowns, which according to a former employee, he suggested are not such a big deal.