Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr., October 18, 1921 – July 4, 2008. Sportswriter and reporter, Raleigh, NC News & Observer; U.S. Navy recruiter; assistant city editor and city editor, the Raleigh (NC) Times; Administrative Assistant to Senator Willis Smith (D-NC); executive director of the North Carolina Bankers Association; executive vice-president, vice chairman of the board, and assistant chief executive officer of Capitol Broadcasting Company; commentator, WBCT-Radio in Roanoke Rapids and WRAL radio and WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, Republican (News & Observer timeline).
In his Own Words:
I’m so old-fashioned I believe in horse whipping.” — The News & Observer, during a debate in 1991 on an AIDS-related amendment.
“White people, wake up before it is too late. Do you want Negroes working beside you, your wife and your daughters, in your mills and factories?” — Ad Helms created for the 1950 Senate campaign of North Carolina Democratic candidate Willis Smith.
“The Negro cannot count forever on the kind of restraint that’s thus far left him free to clog the streets, disrupt traffic, and interfere with other men’s rights.” — WRAL commentary, 1963.
“The nation has been hypnotized by the swaying and gesturing of the watusi and the frug.” —WRAL Viewpoint, 1966
“Jesse Helms was a kind, decent and humble man and a passionate defender of what he called ‘the Miracle of America.’ So it is fitting that this great patriot left us on the Fourth of July.” — George W. Bush, President of the United States of America.
* Page 83, Property List: “Upright coffin with Confederate flag and bullwhip attached.”