Wow: Zirkle talks segregation

(as reported in today’s South Bend Tribune)

JOSEPH DITS
Tribune Staff Writer

Congressional hopeful Tony Zirkle is known for suggesting controversial ideas, as in 2006 when he said there should be a debate over using the guillotine to punish “porn pimps” who prey on children.

His latest idea is drawing sharp responses from his opponents. Zirkle suggests that Americans consider segregating the country by race.

Zirkle, who’s seeking the Republican nomination in Congress’ 2nd District, told a weekly newspaper, The Kokomo Perspective, that he questions whether desegregation has worked in the United States. He suggested that separating whites, blacks and other minorities by states could create a new sense of community and is an idea worth debating.

Zirkle confirmed those comments to The Tribune on Monday but said, “I’m not going to say which side of the debate I fall on.”

Both of Zirkle’s opponents denounced his statements.

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