Neo-Confederate Olaf Childress ‘Buries’ 14th Amendment

The Last Word

Don't expect Olaf Childress to shed any tears when he puts the 14th Amendment six feet under.

And Childress isn't speaking metaphorically, either. The neo-Confederate stalwart plans to transport a casket bearing a copy of the 14th Amendment from his southern Alabama home to the shores of the Potomac River for burial.

"Naturally, we'll conduct a little ceremony, and we'll have a caravan going to Washington, D.C.," Childress, 76, told the Intelligence Report. "There'll probably be quite a convoy by the time we get there."

The vehicle carrying the deceased will be none other than Childress' "Death to the 14th Amendment" hearse. After buying the 1995 Buick Roadmaster about a year and a half ago, Childress outfitted it with magnetic Confederate battle flags on both front doors and the words "Death to the 14th Amendment" on the rear doors. The back of the hearse directs fellow travelers to his website, www.14thfraud.com. (The 14th Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1868, granted full citizenship rights to all people born in the United States, including former slaves, and barred states from denying any resident "equal protection" under the law. The amendment is one of the legal foundations for desegregation and other civil rights initiatives.)

Childress, a 32-year resident of Silverhill, Ala., population 616, announced the amendment's upcoming interment in the September issue of his newspaper, The First Freedom (motto: "Inviting the Zionist-controlled media'cracy to meet a rising free South"). Once he's decided on a date, he said, he'll publicize the funeral there and in like-minded media sources, such as the white supremacist David Duke Report and "The Political Cesspool," a white nationalist radio show.

Those looking for a carnival atmosphere need not attend. "Anytime you're conducting a funeral it should be a somber affair," he said, "and we'll try to make it fitting for the occasion."

For instance, the ceremony will include plenty of eulogies for the 14th Amendment, which according to Childress is illegitimate because it was never ratified. "The Yankee Senate decided they were simply going to ram this down our throats," he fumed.

Yet Childress believes that states will regain the sovereignty they once enjoyed when the 14th goes to its final resting place. "When we get the thing buried and everybody sees that it's dead, that's going to be the end of the 14th Amendment and the end of the federal government as it has existed since 1865."

His grand plans ran into a roadblock, literally, on the evening of May 29, when Childress, behind the wheel of his hearse, encountered a police checkpoint on Highway 5. As he tells it on his website in a post headlined, "Alabama's Mossad-trained stooges capture politically-incorrect hearse," when Silverhill's police chief asked to see his license and insurance, he informed her that she had no legal right to stop him. He even offered to show her where it says so in the Constitution, a copy of which he just happens to keep in the hearse. But the police chief wasn't interested. Instead, because Childress refused to sign some papers, she hauled him off to jail. Not only did Childress have to spend the night behind bars, but also police impounded the hearse at Dixie Auto Body Repair. He had to pay $135 to retrieve it two days later.

That wasn't the end of his problems. According to Silverhill Municipal Court, a judge found Childress guilty on July 2 of resisting arrest, driving without insurance, failing to obey a police officer and driving with an expired tag. Childress has appealed the verdicts to the Baldwin County Circuit Court.

Though Childress says he's been too busy with his court case to finalize plans for the funeral, he clearly relishes his role as undertaker. His "Death to the 14th Amendment" hearse is a familiar sight around Silverhill.

"Every time people wave at it," he said, "I press the little button that plays 'Dixie' on the horns."