Citizens Protest Politician's Speech
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, December 24, 1998, page
© Copyright 1998 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
rights activists demonstrated outside U.S. Rep. Bob Barr's Marietta
office last week, demanding he resign from Congress over an address
he made in June to a white supremacist group.
released a letter he wrote to the president of the Council of
Conservative Citizens, denouncing the group for falsely characterizing
itself as "mainstream" when it invited him to speak.
demonstration was peaceful and lasted less than an hour. Groups
picketing the Whitlock Avenue office included the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference and the Rainbow/ PUSH Coalition.
Rev. Markel Hutchins, president of the National Youth Connection,
said the Council of Conservative Citizens is an "exclusive
organization of whites directly linked to the Ku Klux Klan . .
. a racist, anti- immigration, anti-Semitic, terrorist and militia
organization of violent people."
who was in Washington at the time, released a letter in which
he said he'd been duped by the group. "I was not aware that
your group opposed interracial marriage or argued in favor of
the absurd view that Abraham Lincoln was elected by 'communists
and socialists' when I accepted the invitation," Barr said
in the letter. "If I had been aware white supremacist views
occupied any place in the Council's philosophy, I would never
have agreed to speak."