on Conservative Group as 'Racist' Is a Smear
Samuel Francis, Syndicated Columnist
Tuesday, February 2, 1999
onslaught against the Council of Conservative Citizens marches
right along, with regular installments of misinformation in The
Washington Post, Newsweek, some 70 other newspapers around the
country and -- most recently -- allegedly conservative columnist
Arianna Huffington. It's bad enough when the official organs of
the left denounce you but when those who are supposed to be conservatives
do the left's work for them, that's about as low as you can crawl.
Huffington started whining about the CCC last week with a column
that merely repeated the accusations she had already read in the
above-named publications. What she had read, of course, was that
the CCC is "racist" because it or various of its members
have (a) opposed interracial marriage, (b) denounced Martin Luther
King for various moral and political sins, and (c) said that blacks
have lower intelligence than whites.
have also used rhetoric about these matters that some people find
offensive, caling King a "depraved miscreant" and warning
of the "slimy brown mass of glop" into which the U.S.
population will devolve if race-mixing continues. The question
before the public is: Does any of this constitute what can seriously
be termed "racism"?
it does not. The word "racism," if it means anything
real, ought to mean a desire to harm, oppress, or exploit another
think of one instance of racism in this sense immediately. Last
summer, USA Today published a column by Camille Cosby, comedian
Bill Cosby's wife, who proceeded to accuse the entire nation of
responsibility for the murder of her son. "I believe America
taught our son's killer to hate African-Americans," she wrote.
"There was not then, nor is there now, a single American
institution which is not a racist institution. Yes, racism and
prejudice are omnipresent and eternalized in America's institutions,
media and myriad entities."
she meant, of course, was white America -- that white Americans
are all racists who hate black people and that all of them are
murderous. I really don't have to explain it; the meaning is obvious
also dredge up a number of similar sentiments expressed by Louis
Farrakhan, several of his lieutenants, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Sister
Souljah, and many others. Soon after publication of Mrs. Cosby's
column, the NAACP's Julian Bond stated that he "wholeheartedly
believed" what she said about this country and the white
people who live here. What she and Mr. Bond and a good many other
non-white leaders regularly say and "wholeheartedly believe"
is just a bit more racist than anything I have ever heard anyone
in the Council of Conservative Citizens say -- a good deal more
so than fulminating about America becoming a "slimy brown
mass of glop."
as I know, no one in the CCC has denounced Martin Luther King
because he was black, but for flaws everyone condemns, nor as
far as I know has anyone said or written anything that accuses
all or most blacks of murderous intentions toward whites or holds
up blacks for ridicule or advocates or even hints that blacks
should be oppressed or exploited. Nor has any critic produced
any such passage from anyone in the CCC.
lower intelligence levels, quite frankly there are lots and lots
of books and studies by real scientists that argue that, and no
one doubts that blacks do not perform as well on IQ tests as whites
(the controversy is over whether the difference is hereditary
or not). Indeed, the same people in the CCC who have mentioned
these facts have also pointed out that Asians perform better on
the same IQ tests than whites do, so why aren't they "yellow
supremacists" for saying so?
when the CCC is accused of being "racist," I for one
just don't see it, and if it really were "racist," I
wouldn't be a member of it or serve on its Board of Directors,
as I have for several years. The group does acknowledge that it
is "pro-white," and so am I. I see nothing wrong and
everything right in defending the group to which you belong, and
I don't see why doing so means you are "against" other
groups. Most Americans are "pro-American," but no one
thinks that means they are "against" other nations.
attack on the CCC is mainly an effort by the left to silence dissent
on racial issues and smear anyone who tries to discuss them from
any perspective but that of the left itself. It's clear enough
why the left wants to preserve its monopoly on what we're supposed
to think and say about race, but what's not clear is why people
who call themselves conservatives not only buy the left's pitch
but try to sell it themselves.