FREE FOR ALL
The Washington Post
Saturday, January 23, 1999; Page A19
Sticks and Stones
In just one day, Jan. 16, your op-ed columnist Colbert
I. King and the Anti-Defamation League's Abraham Foxman [Free for
All] attacked the Council of Conservative Citizens. Oddly, both
seemed to think that calling the council bad names was the same
as refuting its positions.
King said nothing about what the group thinks;
only that it is "repugnant," "stirs hatred" and is "pro-white,
anti-everybody else." When will your columnist learn that to resort
to name-calling is the most graceless way of admitting that he
has lost the argument?
Foxman was no better. He said the council is
linked to the America First Party, the British National Front
and the French National Front. Most Americans know nothing about
these groups, so how did Foxman try to tar the Council of Conservative
Citizens? By insisting that these other organizations are neo-fascist,
racist, antisemitic, etc. How marvelously circular. Why bother
with guilt by association when you have to explain the guilt of
the alleged associates? Why not just say the Council of Conservative
Citizens is evil because Foxman says so?
The head of the Anti-Defamation League did quote
what he must have thought was the wickedest thing he could find
on the council Web site: "When whites are attacked and murdered
by non-whites, whites usually don't see these attacks as being
what they often truly are -- attacks against all whites." Just
substitute "Jews" for "whites," and you have a sentence Foxman
might have written himself.
The writer is on the national board of directors
of the Council of Conservative Citizens.
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