Member Quits CCC Over Racism
The Associated Press, Sunday February 28, 1999 7:21 EST
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S.C. (AP) -- A member of the Republican National Committee told
state Republicans he was severing his bond with the Council of
Conservative Citizens, which has been accused of being racist.
Witherspoon, a state GOP activist and member of the national committee,
told the state party's executive committee on Saturday he would
no longer be part of the CCC.
am a Christian. I am a conservative. But one thing I am not is
a racist,'' an emotional Witherspoon said.
national GOP Chairman Jim Nicholson condemned the CCC, saying
it held racist views, and asked Witherspoon to renounce any ties.
said then he wouldn't. The group was advocating conservative causes,
like displaying the Confederate battle flag and playing ``Dixie''
at public events, he said.
Southern Poverty Law Center, which studies hate groups, said the
CCC is ``the reincarnation of the racist white Citizens Council,''
that battled Southern integration in the 1950s.
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