Abraham H. Foxman (National Director, Anti-Defamation League)
Washington Post, Saturday, January 16, 1999, p. A23
L. Baum, the CEO of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC),
is dismayed that his organization has been labeled racist and
antisemitic [Free for All, Jan. 2]. It is clear that Baum
likes to present the CCC as a mainstream conservative group, but
even he would have to concede that an organization's membership,
official organ and Web site must, by their very nature, be representative
of the group and its views. A quick glance at these three
components of the CCC illustrates what the group really believes.
members of the CCC, including some leaders, are known for their
racist and antisemitic views. For example, A.J. Barker,
state chairman of the North Carolina CCC, founded the racist,
antisemitic America First Party along with the rabid antisemite
Edward Fields. Mark Cotterill (also known as Mark Cerr),
who until recently was the head of the National Capital Chapter
of the CCC, was a leader in the National Front, a far-right nationalist
party in Great Britain.
articles in the Citizens Informer, the official organ of the CCC,
proclaim whites to be victims of an "undeclared war"
against them by the "elite" media and minorities.
group's Web site is linked to the neo-fascist National Front in
France, as well as a number of racist and antiemitic groups, and
contains various essays, particularly those by H. Millard, that
espouse racism. Millard writes, "When whites are attacked
and murdered by non-whites, whites usually don't see these attacks
as being what they often truly are -- attacks against all whites."
While Baum claims such viewpoints are those of individuals and
not the organization, the CCC's Web site refers to Millard as
the group's "ace columnist" and proclaims, "He's
hot, he's happening, he's here."
can't have it both ways. He cannot claim that the CCC is
"neither racist nor antisemitic" while he allows racists
and antisemites to represent his organization.