Robinson, who was himself an African American with ties to the NAACP, had fought a long-running desegregation case against schools in Savannah in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. As an alderman, he also represented some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. And while he was not considered a radical or a political provocateur, he did believe in gun control – and fought for it.
The political connections between Vance, Robinson, the NAACP and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals led investigators to believe that a white supremacist may have been responsible for the bombings. In fact, a white supremacy group had apparently sent a letter to a Mississippi television station in August 1989 “declaring war” on the 11th Circuit.