Bob Barr Is No Racist, Let Him Go After Lott
New York Daily News, Sunday,
January 31, 1999
good to hear from Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.), who thinks I have wrongly
accused him of racism because of his association with the Council
of Conservative Citizens.
piece on this page last Thursday, the congressman asserted that
as soon as it became clear to him exactly what the CCC is, he
separated himself from it and decried its ideas, which are considered
not only pro-white, but white supremacist.
did he get into this mess? Brother Barr was the keynote speaker
at a CCC conference in South Carolina last June. But he wrote
a letter to the organization six months later, when the essences
of its philosophy began to make their way into the media.
I called his Washington office some weeks ago to try to interview
him about the CCC, I was faxed a copy of the letter. "I find
your views on racial issues repugnant," wrote Brother Barr.
"If I had been aware white supremacist views occupied any
place in the council's philosophy, I would never have agreed to
speak." He went on to accuse the CCC of duping him.
six months is a long time, even it we consider the fact that the
Georgia congressman was busy with Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) and
the gang turning a sexual scandal into a political scandal and
trying to remove Bill Clinton from office.
on a Pacifica Radio broadcast that focused on the CCC last December,
one of the guests was a man who was at the meeting where Brother
Barr gave his address. He taped the speech and said there was
white supremacist literature on sale in full view of all comers.
I assume that if this man is telling the truth, the good congressman
was brought in blindfolded.
Barr also wrote in his Thursday column that I despise him, which
would be very hard to do, at least on sight, since his face reminds
me of so many Negroes I have known over the years. In fact, if
you took 50 pounds off Rep. Major Owens (D-Brooklyn), he and Barr
could be brothers, one dark, one light.
are going now, however, this may all add up to the best for the
country. Brother Barr wrote proudly of how, when he was a U.S.
attorney, he prosecuted white supremacists and punished cops for
actions exhibiting racial prejudice. There were risks to this.
His office received threats. He is, then, a standup guy. Brother
Barr can be counted on.
has often expressed his contempt for liars and was one of the
first to call for Mr. Bill's resignation. He likes his politicians
pure. He doesn't want somebody to lie about what he has done and
with whom he has done it.
then, that when the impeachment smoke clears, he will be the Republican
who asks hard questions of Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.
Lott has been associated with the CCC for at least 10 years as
speaker, columnist, endorser.
CCC has held fund-raisers for Lott. He has lied about knowing
what the organization's principles were even though his favorite
uncle, Arnie Watson, told The New York Times that his nephew was
an honorary member.
Watson, Uncle Arnie's wife, told the Los Angeles Times last week,
"He [Lott] is bound to have known the principles: being against
black people. If nothing else, he got it from my husband."
lies and alliances call into serious question whether such a man
should be Senate majority leader and represent the Republican
Party. I know, therefore, that when the time comes, we can count
on Brother Barr to ask Trent Lott to step down.