Not a 'White Supremacy Group'
© Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company
Saturday, January 2, 1999; Page A17
Three recent articles by Thomas Edsall about
the Council of Conservative Citizens contain serious inaccuracies
and damaging allegations about the organization and the beliefs
and positions it supports.
In the first place, it is not accurate to describe
the organization as a "white supremacy group," as the headline
on your Dec. 11 story did, nor is it accurate to say, as your
paper did on Dec. 12, that "some of its leaders support segregation."
The council is opposed to government engineering of race relations
through such measures as forced integration, busing, affirmative
action and similar policies, but its opposition to them does not
mean that either it or its leaders support white supremacy or
The Dec. 11 story also quoted Prof. Alan Dershowitz
on the "organization's racist and antisemitic agenda." Dershowitz
has made similar accusations elsewhere, but without providing
any factually accurate support for them. The Council of Conservative
Citizens is neither racist nor antisemitic.
The Dec. 12 story claims that "most issues" of
the Citizens Informer, the council's newspaper, "have columns
attacking interracial marriage, warning that the white race faces
the danger of extinction." Only one recent issue contained a column
arguing this position. Again, while these words may express the
writer's individual views, they are not the views of the council.
Similarly, the views the Dec. 12 story ascribed
to local leader Mark Cerr on non-white immigration are not those
of the council, as the story implied. Cerr was speaking of his
own views on this matter. As for the "youth panel" at which "the
racial views of some of the members were made explicit," there
was little or no discussion of race-related issues on that panel.
The council's meetings are open to the public
and the press, and indeed C-SPAN covered the Charleston, S.C.,
meeting at which Rep. Bob Barr spoke. As I stated to Thomas Edsall
and as he accurately reported, the council does indeed "speak
out for white European Americans," their civilization, faith and
form of government, but we do not advocate or support the oppression
or exploitation of other races or ethnic groups.
Gordon Lee Baum
The writer is chief executive officer of the
Council of Conservative Citizens.