Group Ends E-Mail Postings:
Recent Messages Backed Anti-Jewish Views
By Thomas B. Edsall
Friday, January 29, 1999, Page A6
© Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company
The Council of Conservative Citizens, an organization promoting
controversial racial views, has abruptly cut off people seeking
to post comments in the group's electronic "mailroom"
after being inundated with messages supporting former Ku Klux
Klan member David Duke and defending his attacks on Jewish organizations.
volume of postings that need to be moderated is far too great
to handle," someone identified only as George, wrote in an
e-mail to subscribers. As a result, he wrote, the council "will
no longer allow postings from members."
weeks, the council received extensive publicity because of reports
that such prominent politicians as Senate Majority Leader Trent
Lott (R-Miss.) and Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice (R) have spoken
at council meetings. The Council of Conservative Citizens is an
outgrowth of the segregationist white Citizens Councils, and some
of the council's leaders have advocated segregation, tough immigration
restriction and laws prohibiting intermarriage in order to preserve
the "white" race.
postings were cut off this week, one of the central topics of
discussion had been Duke, who is running for the congressional
seat soon to be vacated by Rep. Bob Livingston (R-La.).
if some have difficulty accepting aspects of Duke's past, they
need to consider: will anyone be able to wage as viable and professional
a race for Congress that is distinctly pro-White without apology,"
wrote Steven D. Dotson in a Jan. 25 posting.
have raised the possibility of a Patrick J. Buchanan-David Duke
ticket in 2000, as one unidentified contributor wrote: "What
about Duke-Buchanan 2000? I don't know how well Buchanan held
up under his last round with the anti-Semite hunters. A younger,
better rested Duke may be more up to the siege."
Taylor, who describes himself as a "member of CofCC for some
time," wrote that Duke's "reputation has been set by
the national Jews so we are supposed to let them determine the
agenda? . . . My continued support of the CofCC will be contingent
on whether their tent is large enough to include DD [Duke] and
also to support him politically."
from "Tom" stated: "There is no question in my
mind that organized Jewish groups are out to destroy anything
they find offensive. That includes southern culture, Christian
based principles taught in school, and white-dominated governments
at every level."
most of the posted messages are sympathetic to Duke, some are
adamantly opposed. John H. Killian, a national director of the
council, responded to Taylor: "Well, either you or I won't
be renewing. If the council does have a link to David Duke, I
am not going to be involved." In another posting, Killian
wrote: "David Duke is on the fringe and will only serve to
embarrass us. His recent book is a tirade of anti-semitism."
writer's comments were found to be objectionable, and the writer
was removed from the council's mailing list. Protesting liberal
immigration policies, the unidentified person wrote: "Does
anyone have any better solutions besides a coup d'etat or unilateral
immigration restrictions/'shoot on sight' policies. Black Africans
kicked whites out of Africa. Why can't we do the same to Hispanics
. . . ? Terrorism works."
Lee Baum, the council's CEO, insisted in an interview that his
group is not antisemitic: "Just because someone puts something
up doesn't mean we believe what they say. It's not part of us.
It's not what we are about at all."
the council stopped the postings because the volunteer who manages
the mailings also handles the council web site and the work became
overwhelming: "He just doesn't have time to fool with it