Council of Conservative Citizens
NEWS RELEASE
PO Box 221683
St. Louis, MO 63122
www.cofcc.org


Date: March 31, 1999   Contact:  Jared Taylor,
703/716-0900
or Samuel Francis, 703/683-2372

Council Directors Challenge Congressmen to Debate

Two members of the National Board of Directors of the Council of Conservative Citizens today challenged congressional sponsors of a resolution condemning the "racism and bigotry" of the organization to a public debate.

"We believe that the resolution you have introduced in Congress, H. Res. 35, condemning the CofCC for its ‘racism and bigotry,’ is unfair, grotesquely inaccurate in the charges it makes, politically motivated, and of dubious constitutionality.  We are willing and eager to place our beliefs in this regard before the public, and we hope that you are as well," said CofCC Directors Jared Taylor and Samuel Francis in a letter to Reps. Robert Wexler and James Clyburn.

"In the event that either or both of you decline this invitation," the letter from Taylor and Francis stated, "we are also hereby extending it to any two members of Congress who have co sponsored H. Res. 35.  We feel confident that there is no member of Congress or any other person who is able to defend the inaccurate and unjust allegations your resolution lodges.  Your response to our challenge to debate it will go far to settle the question."

Congress may take up the Wexler-Clyburn resolution after the Easter recess.

Taylor, 47, is a Yale graduate and author of Paved with Good Intentions, a critical account of liberal policies on race and race relations.  He is also editor of American Renaissance, a monthly newsletter on race.

Francis, 51, is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  A syndicated columnist, he is the author of several books.

Both Taylor and Francis are members of the Council of Conservative Citizens and of its National Board of Directors.

In their letter to the congressmen, which they released to the public today, Taylor and Francis stipulated that "the debate be public, open to anyone who wishes to attend, and that the news media be invited to report on and broadcast the debate."

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Council of Conservative Citizens

National Capital Region

 

Post Office Box 6942
Falls Church, VA 22040

The Honorable James E. Clyburn
319 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Robert Wexler
213 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

March 31, 1999

Dear Congressmen:

On behalf of the Council of Conservative Citizens, on whose National Board of Directors we serve, we would cordially like to invite both of you to engage in a formal and public debate with us on the topic, "Resolved: The Congress Should Condemn the Council of Conservative Citizens."

We believe that the resolution you have introduced in Congress, H. Res. 35, condemning the CofCC for its "racism and bigotry," is unfair, grotesquely inaccurate in the charges it makes, politically motivated, and of dubious constitutionality. We are willing and eager to place our beliefs in this regard before the public, and we hope that you are as well. Hence, not only are we proposing this debate on your resolution but also we are releasing this letter proposing the debate to the public.

In the event that either or both of you decline this invitation, we are also hereby extending it to any two members of Congress who have co-sponsored H. Res. 35. We feel confident that there is no member of Congress or any other person who is able to defend the inaccurate and unjust allegations your resolution lodges. The response to our challenge to debate it will go far to settle the question.

The location, date, time, and other circumstances of the debate may be worked out between the two sides as convenient. However, we do stipulate that the debate be public, open to anyone who wishes to attend, and that the news media be invited to report on and broadcast the debate.

Thank you for your attention in this matter. We respectfully await your reply to our challenge.

Jared Taylor 
Editor
American Renaissance;
National Board of Directors 
Council of Conservative Citizens
Tel. (703) 716-0900
Samuel Francis
Columnist;
National Board of Directors
Council of Conservative Citizens
Tel. (703) 683-2372

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