Racist Links Around Trent Lott
Derrock Z. Jackson, Globe Columnist
Boston Globe, Wednesday, February
10, 1999, page A23
© Copyright 1999 The Globe Company
Council of Conservative Citizens quotes Trent Lott as telling
its members in 1992: ''The people in this room stand for the right
principles and the right philosophy. Let's take it in the right
direction and our children will be the beneficiaries.''
statement is loaded: Lott, now the Senate majority leader and
a key shaper of the nation's agenda, spoke at other council events
in the 1990s, including two fund-raisers for an all-white school
that was founded to avoid school desgregation.
loaded because Lott condemned the council only after his links
to it were exposed. He has not explained his comfort with men
who used mailing lists from the old racist Citizens Councils to
build membership. Lott's uncle, Arnie Watson, a member of the
council's executive board, says ''Trent is an honorary member.''
loaded because of the list of ominous Internet sites that agree
with the Mississippi Republican that the council stands for the
''right principles and the right philosophy.''
is the Nationalist Observer, a site ''for activists in the struggle
to secure the White Race's survival and advancement.'' The site
says: ''We believe the Aryan Struggle to be an elite one.... We
support the Unity of our movement and the revolutionizing of our
spirit into a combined force to take back control of our Race's
destiny, by any means necessary.''
Observer has what it describes as the ''world's largest racist
link list.'' Under ''white racial links,'' along with links for
the Ku Klux Klan, the Aryan Nation, and skinheads, the Observer
lists the Council of Conservative Citizens. The council is called
a ''semi-racist political pressure group.''
is the Web page for Politically Incorrect. This site calls itself
''Grand Central Station for white nationalists.''
titled ''Whites fighting back'' says: ''You will find the prowhite
activities of the Council of Conservative Citizens and the Nationalist
enlightening to have an editorial praise the council and the Nationalist
Movement in the same breath. The Nationalist Movement says, ''All
efforts to make us a bilingual, bi-sexual or biracial society
must be defeated.'' The Movement is the Web home for skinheads.
Skinheads have beaten and killed several people of color in their
effort to ''take America back.''
same editorial listed as sources for ''positive action'' former
Klansman-turned-politician David Duke, sites that question the
existence of the Jewish Holocaust, and William Pierce, who fantasizes
about angry white men bombing US government buildings and lynching
people of color and white women who cohabit with black men. Pierce's
''Turner Diaries'' was a favorite of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy
council has an Internet link to American Renaissance, which pushes
the intellectual superiority of white people. American Renaissance's
link back to the council says the C of CC is ''the foremost conservative
organization in America.''
council and a Web page called Southern Independence have Internet
links to each other. Southern Independence lists the council under
''Freedom Fighters'' with the Southern Legal Resource Center,
which screams, ''Stop the ethnic cleansing of Dixie!''
Independence prominently posts a declaration made by white heritage
groups in New Albany, Miss., in 1996. It says multiculturalism
is ''genocide against Western peoples.... We believe equality
is the sworn enemy of liberty.... The assertion of equality among
races, sexes, and moral belief systems is contradicted by every
shred of natural evidence.''
group quotes the Charleston Mercury of 1865 saying the Civil War
reduced white men ''to the level of a nigger, and a nigger is
raised to his level.... Gracious God! Is this what our brave soldierery
are fighting for? To reduce themselves to the level and companionship
of niggers? No, no, never, not in South Carolina.''
N-word may offend some readers, but I feel it is necessary to
communicate the mentality of the Web page.
be of mere coincidence that the New Albany Declaration was made
the same year Lott became Senate majority leader. But it is impossible
to think that Lott was ignorant of such bigotry. American Renaissance
has a link to a site called The Last Ditch. A passage in The Last
Ditch says, ''Just as a hothead can learn to control his temper
and an alcoholic his alcoholism (typically by total abstinence,)
so also can a typical Negro male ... moderate his sexual aggressiveness
through a continuing act of focus or by diverting his energies
into work or sports.''
is strikingly similar in tone to a statement Lott made last year
condemning homosexuality. Lott said, ''You should try to show
them a way to deal with that problem. Just like alcohol ... or
sex addiction ... or kleptomaniacs ... you should try to work
with that person to learn to control that problem.''
should make America ask what Lott means by ''the right principles
and the right philosophy.'' He condemned the council, but he has
offered no apology about his speeches to its members. This leaves
his words so loaded it is an open question whether the leader
of the Senate is bigotry's walking bomb.