Affirms Support for Pro-White Group
The Boston Globe, Friday,
January 15, 1999, p. B3
at Large Albert L. "Dapper" O'Neil confirmed yesterday
that he supports the Council of Conservative Citizens, a pro-white
group that has recently ensnarled US Senate Majority Leader Trent
Lott in controversy because of his associations with it.
Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, alleges
that the Council of Conservative Citizens has white-supremacist
views and members and aided segregation efforts.
reports surfaced that Lott had addressed the group, he attempted
to distance himself from it.
O'Neil, who is cited in the council's literature as one of severalpoliticians
who have endorsed the group, did not distance himself.
not a member of it, but they are a good group," O'Neil said
yesterday. "They are concerned about this country
and what goes on in it." O'Neil said the council raises
issues that aren't raised by mainstream newspapers. "I
don't care which group says this or that about it."
comments come a days after he was the sole "nay" vote
on a resolution by Councilor Charles C. Yancey (Dorchester) to
construct a statue of martin Luther King Jr. near City Hall.
yesterday why he voted against it, he said: "Because
I don't make deals at the City Council. I vote any way I
want." O'Neil went on to say he had placed a call to
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley because "Martin Luther King made
a speech there [in Chicago] and they nearly burned it down the
who has been on the City Council more than a quarter century,
did not elaborate.