Boston Globe, Friday, January 22, 1999, p. A30
Council of Conservative Citizens, an extremist organization linked
to several ostensibly mainstream politicians, from Trent Lott,
the Senate majority leader, to Dapper O'Neil, the Boston city
councilor, objects to being called a "white supremacist group."
Yet it is hard to see the council as anything other than plainly
its own mission statement: The council is "dedicated
to restoring the civil rights of white Americans and to preserving
America's culture and traditions." On its Web site,
"Views of the C of CC," the group offers "An open
letter to white people" and "What a Southern nationalist
movement should be." The last tract calls for a "constitutional
assembly for a new country," to serve as a bulwark against
the "third-world immigrants" who are "coming here
by the millions. Bringing their false religions.
Bringing their inferior cultures."
loony, hateful views would be just more babble in the grand American
conversation were it not for the legitimacy conferred on them
by political leaders such as Lott, US Representative Bob Barr
of Georgia, Republican National Committee member Buddy Witherspoon,
and Senator Jesse Helms, all of whom have endorsed the council
or spoken at its meetings. Witherspoon is a member.
a Mississippian, is distancing himself from the group now that
its views have become widely known, but as recently as 1997 he
was pictured grinning with members in its newsletter. It
is hard to swallow Lott's initial claim that he knew nothing about
the group's views when he agreed to speak and write for it;
the council claims 34 Mississippi state legislators as members.
Republican National Committee chairman, Jim Nicholson, does his
party a great service by calling on all Republicans to resign
from the council. Any Democratic officeholders involved
ought to drop their affiliations as well.
politicans who are found flirting with Louis Farrakhan's separatist
Nation of Islam are properly hammered for it. It is time
for white politicans to consider what it means to be one nation
indivisible and renounce these uncivil armies.