Renounces White 'Racialist' Group He Praised in 1992
Thomas B. Edsall, Washington Post Staff Writer
Washington Post, Wednesday,
December 16, 1998, page A2
© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company
Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), who last week claimed "no
firsthand knowledge" of the controversial Council of Conservative
Citizens, six years ago told the group's members they "stand
for the right principles and the right philosophy."
week, after being asked about a newly surfaced copy of the group's
1992 newsletter, in which he appears to endorse the group and
ask for its support, Lott renounced the organization and said
through a spokesman he has nothing to do with them.
CCC, which has strong ties to the old white Citizens Councils,
is considered racist by conservatives and liberals. Many
of the most prominent figures in the organization are proponents
of preserving the white race and culture, which they see as under
assault by immigration, intermarriage and growing numbers of Hispanic
spring 1992 newsletter, provided by a Dallas man, Ed Sebasta,
who has folowed the organization's activities, Lott is pictured
speaking to the group with its banner in the background.
speech, Lott, according to the newsletter, called the Citizen
Informer, warns against the forces supporting government spending:
"We need more meetings like this across the nation"
to offest these liberal pressures. "The people in this
room stand for the right principles and the right philosophy.
Let's take it in the right direction and our children wil be the
the Informer article became available, Lott's spokesman disassociated
Lott from the CCC and sharply criticized the organization:
"This group harbors views which Senator Lott firmly rejects.
He has absolutely no involvement with them wither now or in the
future," John Czwartacki said this week.
Lott's 1992 keynotte speech to the CCC at a Grenwood, Miss., meeting,
arguing: "This appears to have been a widely attended
political gathering with the senator giving what sounds like generic
stump speech remarks ... With their votes, contributions of time
or time, tens of thousands of people endorse Trent Lott's views.
That endorsement does not necessarily go the other way
with many other Mississippi politicians, Republicans and Democratic,
also appeared in 1991 and 1995 at the quadrennial Black Hawk political
rally,co-sponsored by the CCC and the Black Hawk Bus Association,
which provides transportation for private Carroll Academy.
Citizens Council, many of whose members helped found the CCC,
was a segregrationist organization. The membership generally
included local establishment figures in the South, small businessmen,
mayors and other white community leaders.
leader of the Mississippi CCC, William Lord, who is pictured next
to Lott in the 1992 newsletter, was a regional organizer for the
Citizens Council. The national chief executive officer of
the CCC, Gordon Lee Baum, was a Midwest director.
CCC has been barred from the annual Conservative Political Action
Conference (CPAC). David Keene, head of CPAC, said "we
kicked [them] out of CPAC because they are racists."
law professor Alan Dershowitz, an impeachment opponent, recently
complained that impeachment advocate Rep. Robet L. Barr Jr. (R-Ga.)
had spoken to a CCC meeting in Charleston, S.C., this year.
The charge brought an angry reponse from Barr, who contended Dershowitz
was trying to smear him.
of the leaders of the CCC describe their views as "racialist,"
and adamantly reject portrayal as white supremacist.
Taylor, a Washington area leader of the CCC and publisher of the
magazine American Renaissance, wrote in an essay curently appearing
on the magazine's Web site:
is certainly true that in some important traits - intelligence,
law-abidingness, sexual restraint, academic performance, resistance
to disease - white can be considered 'superior' to blacks.
At the same time, in exactly these same traits, North Asians appear
to be 'superior' to white. Is someone who believes that
there are probably genetic reasons for this a 'yellow supermacist'?...
AR expresses an unapologetic preference for the culture and way
of life of whites. It also expresses the belief that only
the biological heirs to the creators of European civilization
will carry that civilization forward in a meaningful way."