Need to Rid Mississippi of Racist Organizations
"Teen Speak," The
Biloxi Sun Herald, Monday, February 8, 1999
an aide in the Washington D.C. mayor's office resigned from his
position because he used the word "niggardly," meaning
stingy or selfish.
that we must always remain vigilant against racists who infiltrate
our government, but this if far from racism. While this man has
lost a career, there are still other government officials who
have yet to suffer the consequences of their racist affiliations
with a group known as the Council of Conservative Citizens.
of these officials are from the great state of Mississippi.
report from the Southern Poverty Law Center states that there
are 13 hate groups active within Mississippi, ranging from neo-Nazi
skinhead groups to other organizations such as the National Association
for the Advancement of White People.
Council of Conservative Citizens isn't mentioned specifically
in this report, but it doesn't take a seasoned detective to find
out what the organization is really about. The CofCC is the phoenix
risen from the ashes of the old Citizens Councils, an upgraded,
more "respectable" version of the Ku Klux Klan.
CofCC functions under the disguise of a legitimate anti-tax, anti-big
government conservative interest group. While they are "anti"
both of those things, they are also anti-black, anti-gay, anti-race-mixing,
anti-immigration and anti-immigrant. These beliefs have even led
to their expulsion from legitimate conservative groups such as
the Conservative Political Action Conference whose president,
David Keene, calls the CofCC a group of "racists."
their existence within Mississippi isn't enough to tarnish the
image of our state, two of our most influential political leaders
have given speeches at CofCC meetings: Gov. Kirk Fordice and Senate
Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss.
the news broke about his speech at the meeting, Lott has tried
to distance himself from the organization, claiming he had no
prior knowledge as to its racist agenda.
it impossible to believe that someone who was born and raised
in Mississippi, went to college in Mississippi and was elected
to public office in Mississippi doesn't know what the CofCC is
really about. All he has to do is make a quick phone call to his
own uncle Arnie Watson, a former state senator and CofCC member,
who I'm sure will be glad to inform Sen. Lott of the group's position
- and remind Lott that he is an "honorary member" of
glance around the CofCC's charming Web site (www.cofcc.org) will
reveal its motives. It speaks of the need for a Southern Nationalist
Movement, which amounts to a second Civil War, because of problems
such as "black behavior" and "third world immigration."
strategy outline, members maintain that their goal is sanctioned
by God and speak of the necessity of meeting with responsible
black leaders to figure out how land is to be divided and where
borders are to be drawn in the new country the Southern Nationalist
Movement would form.
has come a long way from Gov. Ross Barnett and the 1950s and 60s,
but there is always room for improvement. This state cannot afford
to ignore racist organizations within its boundaries. Just because
you don't hear from them doesn't mean they don't exist; prejudice
is by nature a silent something that eats you from the inside
often been said that you can't hold a man down without staying
down with him. I sincerely hope that Trent Lott will change, if
only for the pride of the people he represents.