Release - February 4, 1999
The Council of Conservative Citizens
"Conservative Group Denounces Resolution as Attack
on Free Speech"
Council of Conservative Citizens, a group that has been labeled
"racist" by Alan Dershowitz and other Clinton supporters,
is now the target of a Congressional resolution proposed by two
Wexler/Clyburn resolution states that the C of CC:
"...is an outgrowth of the segregationist White Citizens
2. "...the Council of Conservative Citizens
(promulgates) dogma that supports white supremacy and anti-Semitism..."
3. "...the Council of Conservative Citizens
provides access to, and opportunities for the promotion of extremist
neo-Nazi ideology and propaganda that incites hate crimes and
Baum, CEO of the Council of Conservative Citizens responds:
of the erroneous hype about the Council of Conservative Citizens
can be traced to left-wing groups like the Southern Poverty Law
Center, a group which has spread lies about us that we have demanded
they either prove or retract."
C of CC is not an off-shoot of the old Citizens Councils.
We are a free-standing operation and always have been. This
guilt-by-association ploy won't work."
is particularly absurd are the accusations that we are anti-Semitic.
We have active Jewish members who support our ideals one
hundred percent. None of our literature or Website material
is supremacist. We are pro-white just as the NAACP is pro-black
or the ADL is pro-Jewish."
is not one iota of truth in the charge that the C of CC has connections
with neo-Nazi or other groups that promote violence against anyone.
Wexler and Clyburn are just trying to provoke mass hysteria to
take pressure off Clinton. This resolution is an affront
to free speech that would make Orwell blush. What we would
like to know is which members of the Black Caucus voted to condemn
Mr. Khalid for his overtly anti-Semitic remarks."
Baum has appeared on numerous radio and television programs defending
the C of CC and has been interviewed by the New York Times,
Washington Post, and other national newspapers of record.)