Sadly, it’s not too long ago that affiliation with white supremacist groups such as the KKK was a political advantage in some circles. In February 1982 Lexington CBMC , the business outreach group then chaired by Judge Tim Philpot invited a convicted narcotic trafficker, machine gun peddler and disgraced former attorney Gene Neill to give a motivational speech about his prison-inspired religious awakening. When it was brought to Tim’s attention that Mr. Neill was also an active and outspoken member of the “Invisible Empire, Ku Klux Klan”, who contributed frequently to the monthly newsletter The Klansman (through which he also sold recorded cassettes of hateful speeches), Tim denied prior knowledge of Mr. Neill’s Ku Klux Klan membership. Nevertheless, the very nature of Mr. Neill’s openly expressed views should have been a red flag to those who did not share these opinions. Three months before, when visiting American troops in Germany, Mr. Neill had gone on record extolling Germans as
“ a handsome race of intelligent and diligent White people.” He praised their city of Frankfurt as one where “there are no slothful and degenerate Blacks and Mexicans and Perto Ricans (sic) lurking in the shadows everywhere with their wine and heroin and knives”
Judge Philpot’s association with, and tepid disavowal of an unmitigated racist, combined with his own racial prejudices as revealed in the heat of legal argument and his extrajudicial writings, would lead many people to conclude that he is privately sympathetic to such views.
(See clippings from the Danville Advocate Messenger and The Tennessean March 8. 1982)