Targets Council Of Conservative Citizens
Thomas B. Edsall
Washington Post, Saturday, January 30, 1999,
© Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company
Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) said yesterday that he and Rep. James E.
Clyburn (D-S.C.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus,
will sponsor a resolution condemning "the racism and bigotry
espoused by the Council of Conservative Citizens."
by reports describing the views of some leaders of the council
and reports of prominent elected officials speaking at its meetings,
Wexler said that it is "more important than ever that the
Congress go on record opposed to any and all sorts of racism."
Gordon Lee Baum, head of the council, said, "It is pathetic
that such an action would be contemplated. . . . Their views are
based on distortions half-truths and lies disseminated by some
in the liberal media and a few radical, liberal columnists whose
agenda is apparently to stifle discussion of important issues
that have the support of most Americans, such as immigration reform
and opposition to forced busing and quotas."
resolution, likely to be criticized by free-speech proponents,
is modeled on a 1994 resolution, which passed 361 to 34, condemning
the "racist, anti-Catholic, and anti-Semitic speech given
by Khalid Abdul Muhammad of the Nation of Islam at Kean College"
white supremacist group isn't any less deserving of condemnation
than someone who is black or African American who voices racism,"
Wexler said. Baum said, "We dispute any comparison"
between the council and the Nation of Islam. The council advocates
preserving the "white" race in the United States, and
some of its leaders have called for renewed segregation and for
efforts to prevent interracial marriage.