to the Editor
City Star, Saturday, February 13, 1999
© Copyright 1999 Kansas City Star
column Jan. 31, you suggest I am closely associated with a group
known as the Council of Conservative Citizens. As a former United
States attorney who has prosecuted white supremacists and racially
motivated police violence, I find this charge so offensive and
inaccurate that I cannot ignore it.
have said before, I find the racial views of this group repugnant
and would never have spoken there if I had known of their views
beforehand. In fact, I have told the group in writing that I disagree
with its ridiculous opinions on race and have urged others to
dissociate themselves from the CCC.
absurd and irresponsible for anyone to suggest that one speech
-- during which I discussed only the impeachment process, as I
was asked to do -- implies that I in any way share or support
this group's views. As the record shows, I don't.
past several years, I have shared the stage with other groups
with whom I disagree on some issues, such as the ACLU. Is it also
your contention that sharing the stage with members of the ACLU
makes me a liberal activist?
believe the color of a person's skin, the church he worships in
or the country where he was born should have absolutely nothing
to do with the opportunities he has in society or the status he
holds under the law. I look forward to the day when our law and
society are completely color-blind, and will continue working
toward that goal as long as I am in office.
Rep. Bob Barr (7th District, Georgia)
Does It Prove?
been seeing a great deal of opinion being published about the
Council for Conservative Citizens and their racist views. Have
any of these writers been to a meeting of this organization to
confirm whether that is true or not? I know I haven't. A great
deal of hay is being made by the accusers of Rep. Bob Barr and
Sen. Trent Lott. Maybe Barr and Lott did speak to this group,
maybe this group is racist. What does that prove about anything?
Truman once spoke to the Ku Klux Klan. Does that make Truman a
racist? Truman told off the Klan during his encounter and later
desegregated the armed forces.
last thing that I heard, we all have the right to free speech
no matter how stupid the belief it comes from. That right belongs
to everyone, right or left. To those people that like to smear
reputations all I can do is repeat Harry Truman, "Shame on