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Jesse Helms was an American Conservative, racist politician representing North Carolina.

What really sets Jesse Helms apart is that he is the last prominent unabashed white racist politician in this country. (...) What is unique about Helms -- and from my viewpoint, unforgivable -- is his willingness to pick at the scab of the great wound of American history, the legacy of slavery and segregation, and to inflame racial resentment against African Americans. [1]

Helmes is retiring, fortunately.

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