Friend Of the CCC
Rep. Bob Barr
Letter to the Editor
Washington Post, Friday, February 19, 1999, page A22
� Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company
op-ed column Jan. 30, Mark Shields suggests that I am closely
associated with a group known as the Council of Conservative Citizens
(CCC). As a former U.S. attorney who has prosecuted white supremacists
and racially motivated police violence, I find this charge so
offensive and inaccurate that I cannot ignore it.
have said before, I find the racial views of this group repugnant
and would never have spoken there, even the one time I did, if
I had known of its views beforehand. In fact, I have told the
group in writing that I disagree with its ridiculous opinions
on race, and I have urged others to disassociate themselves from
the CCC. It is absurd and irresponsible for anyone to suggest
that one speech -- during which I discussed only the impeachment
process, as I was asked to do -- implies that I in any way share
or support this group's views. As the record shows, I don't.
past several years, I have shared the stage with other groups
with which I disagree on some issues, such as the ACLU. Is it
also Mr. Shields's contention that sharing the stage with members
of the ACLU makes me a liberal activist?
The Post is so interested in my racial views, I will reiterate
them. I deeply believe the color of a person's skin, the church
he worships in or the country where he was born should have absolutely
nothing to do with the opportunities he has in society or the
status he holds under the law. I look forward to the day when
our law and society are completely colorblind, and I will continue
working toward that goal as long as I am in office.
U.S. Representative (R-Ga.)