Racist Organization Masquerading as "Conservative"
NEW YORK, NY, December 21, 1998 -- The Council of
Conservative Citizens (CCC), a racist organization recently in the
news for having politicians such as Rep. Bob Barr and Sen. Trent
Lott as keynote speakers at its conferences, will feature white
supremacist David Duke at its next meeting, the Anti-Defamation
League reported today. The National Capital (Washington, D.C.) chapter
of The CCC is promoting attendance at its January 2, 1999 meeting
where Duke, the former Klansman and two-time Presidential candidate,
will be joined by long-time white supremacist and anti-Semite Edward
Fields. Duke is currently promoting his racist and anti-Semitic
autobiography, My Awakening. Fields is the publisher of "The
Truth at Last," a newsletter featuring articles about Jewish control
of the media and government.
to Host David Duke in Nation's Capital on January 2
"The CCC cloaks itself in the mantle of conservatism
to mask its underlying racist agenda," said Abraham H. Foxman,
ADL National Director. "No one should be duped into believing
they are mainstream conservatives. A look at the record clearly
reveals who they are and what they really stand for."
ADL Backgrounder on the Council of Conservative
Founded in the mid-1980s, the CCC bills itself as
a "grassroots" organization working on issues of concern to conservatives.
It currently has chapters in over 20 states across the nation. The
group claims to be fighting the "leftist war" against America's
Christian heritage and civil liberties. It opposes affirmative action,
"big" government, gun control and increased immigration.
In fact, the CCC has its roots in the Citizens
Councils of America, a racist and anti-Semitic organization formed
in the 1950s and dedicated to states rights and preserving segregation
in the South. The Citizens Councils, known for intimidating and
harassing Blacks involved in the civil rights movement, printed
and distributed pamphlets containing inflammatory racist speeches
by various segregationists. The pamphlets had titles such as "Segregation
and the South," which described Black Americans as "having an
inherent deficiency in mental ability," and "a natural indolence,"
and "The Ugly Truth About the NAACP," which accused the organization
of being controlled by Communists intent on destroying America.
Gordon Lee Baum, the current Chief Executive
Officer of the CCC was at one time a field director for the Citizens
Councils of America. In 1989, the CCC absorbed that organization.
In addition, CCC named its newspaper Citizens Informer
after the publication of the Citizens Councils. The CCC claims
that it does not advocate racism. However, material on its web
site and its choice of speakers points to the group's apparent
desire to continue the legacy of its predecessor. The group often
invites speakers with extremist views to address its constituents.
Various white supremacists and Christian Identity (a doctrine
that maintains that Anglo-Saxons are the Biblical "chosen people,"
that nonwhites are "mud people" on the level of animals, and that
Jews are the "children of Satan" preachers have been asked to
speak at local and national events.
The CCC's web site features numerous articles
and essays that expose its pro-white, anti-minority stance. In
addition, the site contains pieces labeling Martin Luther King,
Jr. a Communist, lamenting the South's loss in the Civil War,
and defending the use of the Confederate flag.
In an essay on the web site, "A Call to White
Americans," the author writes, "If we want to live, white Americans
must begin today to lay the foundations for our future and our
children's future. Start today, fellow white Americans. Look at
the faces around you: find the faces like yours, and see them
as your brothers and sisters. Find the fair-skinned babies and
see them as your children."
Another commentator on the site writes, "There
appears to be a growth of a form of racial bigotry in the world
today that is hardly noticed because its victims are white. This
bigotry is anti-whitism. It is going largely unnoticed by many
whites who some will argue have become so race whipped and aracial
after 30 plus years of unending anti-white propaganda from the
liberal elites that they don't even think of themselves as a race
or as a people."
In December 1998, the CCC's web site boasted
that the group's leadership had met with Jean-Marie Le Pen, the
leader of the National Front, a xenophobic, racist, and anti-Semitic
political party in France.
The fact that the CCC in the past invited mainstream
politicians such as Mississippi Senator Trent Lott and Georgia
Congressman Bob Barr (both of whom have since distanced themselves
from the group) to be keynote speakers at its conferences lends
the group a false air of legitimacy. However, many speakers who
have addressed CCC meetings are unabashedly racist and anti-Semitic.
Jared Taylor, editor of the racist publication,
American Renaissance (AR), has addressed CCC meetings numerous
times in 1998. AR describes itself as a "literate, undeceived
journal of race, immigration and the decline of civility." In
reality, the publication uses pseudo-science to justify racism
and white separatism.
In April 1998, Edward Butler, a Christian Identity
preacher who publishes the vehemently anti-Semitic newsletter,
"The New World Today," gave a talk to the Georgia chapter of the
CCC. A recent issue of Butler's newsletter reflects his views.
He wrote, "the U.S. government officials elected and appointed,
are predominantly vassals of the Zionist New World Order. Jews
control the wealth of the world and in turn they control the governments.
Will you go on being a vassal of the Zionist slave state?"
In December 1998, Michael Collins Piper spoke
at the meeting of the National Capital Chapter of the CCC in Washington,
D.C. Piper is a correspondent for The Spotlight, a newspaper
published by Liberty Lobby, the most active anti-Semitic propaganda
organization in the United States. At the meeting, Piper made
anti-Semitic comments and accused Israel's Mossad and the Anti-Defamation
League of being involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
In July 1995, David Duke addressed the meeting
of the South Carolina chapter of the CCC, held at Clemson University.
At the meeting, Duke, who has once again openly embraced his early
extremist views, urged followers to fight for their "white genes."
In April 1994, the Arkansas chapter of the CCC
invited lawyer Kirk Lyons to speak to the group. Lyons has been
a friend to and has represented numerous extremists in court cases,
including white supremacist Louis Beam and James
Wickstrom, a Christian Identity preacher and
head of the Posse Commitatus, an anti-government group. Lyons
has described himself as an "active sympathizer" of his clients'
causes. The spring 1998 newsletter of the CCC mentions that the
organization has been working on a case with Southern Legal Resource
Center, currently headed by Lyons.
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