Chairman Ridicules Public Silence Regarding Congressional Members'
Involvement in Hate Group
MD - NAACP Chairman Julian
Bond issued the following statement:
the first time to my knowledge prominent white Americans
have spoken out against the racist Council of Conservative Citizens
(CCC) and the involvement in it of Representative Bob Barr (R.
Ga.) and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R. Ms.).
Chairs of the Republican and Democratic Parties to their
credit issued separate statements condemning the CCC and
membership in it. Tragically, they stand alone.
speaking out against bigotry has been left exclusively to African
Americans the NAACP, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr., and a
the great silence? Where is the outrage? Where are
all the calls of condemnation?
whenever some black figure, however obscure, utters a bigoted
statement, black leaders are deluged with demands that they speak
out, a payment required for their continued admission to civil
always do so, upholding a centuries-old tradition of allegiance
to the virtues of tolerance we hope all Americans embrace.
and fairness demand an equally vigorous response from our fellow
citizens to this latest grotesque affront. To date, the
silence is deafening and frightening."