Alan Dershowitz Blasts Clinton
Critic Rep. Bob Barr for a Speech to White Supremacists
By Joan Walsh
Salon Magazine, December 11, 1998
Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., one of President Clinton's
fiercest critics on the House Judiciary Committee, gave the keynote
speech at a June National Board Meeting of the Council of Conservative
Citizens, a white-rights group whose Web site preaches against miscegenation and integration.
The CCC's newsletter features photographs of a
smiling Barr posed with organization leaders, in among ads hawking
Confederate flags, demanding immigration reform and preaching
"Integration is genocide." One newsletter columnist
blasts the media for "promot[ing] racial intimacy and miscegenation,"
by featuring black-white romance on television. The Web site features
an editorial, "A Call to White America," which urges
whites to "begin today to lay the foundations for our future
and our children's future."
The CCC is at the hub of a Southern traditionalist
movement that is still trying to undo the loss of the Civil War.
Its Web site attacks Abraham Lincoln as a socialist, Martin Luther
King Jr. as a communist and French enlightenment writer Jean-Jacques
Rousseau as "insane." Its most recent big event was
a trip to France, where its leaders presented a Confederate flag
to French National Front leader Jean Marie LePen. LePen,
whose own racist and anti-immigrant views are internationally
known, told his visitors, "Oh, I certainly recognize that
flag. We are sympathetic to the Confederate cause."
Congress and the news media were alerted to Barr's
CCC appearance by Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who testified
against impeachment before the House Judiciary Committee Dec.
1. In that hearing, Barr dismissed the testimony of Dershowitz,
Judge Leon Higginbotham, legal writer Jeffrey Rosen and George
Washington University law professor Steven Schwartzberg as irrelevant
to "real America." Dershowitz alleged the reference
to "real America" was a code for racism and antisemitism,
since it was used to denigrate the pro-Clinton views of three
Jewish lawyers and a black judge.
Barr told CNN that Dershowitz is "trying
to label me a racist because I attended an event at which there
are people who have views that are decidedly different from mine."
Dershowitz disclosed Barr's CCC connection in
a letter to Committee Chairman Henry Hyde. In the letter, a copy
of which was faxed to Salon, the Harvard law professor noted that
Arkansas Lieutenant Gov. Mike Huckabee canceled a scheduled speech
before the CCC when he learned what the organization stood for,
but Barr did not. Former Ku Klux Klan wizard David Duke addressed
the group in 1995 and called for "a white revolution in America."
Dershowitz sent his letter to Hyde Dec. 4. But
it was just made public on Friday, almost a week later, when Rep.
Maxine Waters, D-Calif., asked that it be introduced into the
formal committee record. Barr asked that his reply to Dershowitz,
which attacked the lawyer for his role in the O.J. Simpson case,
also be entered into the record.