Wexler/Clyburn Resolution (H. Res. 35) Urges Congress to Condemn Racist 'Council of Conservative Citizens'

Wexler approaches Lott to file Senate Companion

News Release (Feb. 2, 1999)

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Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) and James Clyburn (D-SC), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, are introducing a resolution today, condemning the racism and bigotry espoused by the white supremacist political organization, the "Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC)."

The CCC is an outgrowth of the infamous "White Citizens Council", commonly known as the white-collar Klan, which helped to enforce segregation in the 1950s and 1960s.  The CCC, with ties to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and other white supremacist organizations, promotes a racist, anti-Semitic and bigoted ideology, and has recently achieved national attention due to its political ties to elected officials including Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA).  The group has recently been condemned by both Democratic National Committee chairman Roy Roemer and Republican National Committee chairman Jim Nicholson.

"With hate crimes once again on the rise, it is more important than ever that Congreess goes on record condemning groups with this type of dangerous propaganda," Wexler said.  "This so-called 'conservative' group is nothing more than a wolf in sheep's clothing and Congress must act quickly to expose them for the bigots that they are."

Congressman Wexler will seek to gain the early support of the Senate Majority Leader to pass a Senate companion.  Wexler left a message for Senator Lott yesterday and a copy of the resolution was hand delivered to his office.

Below is a copy of the Resolution.

Resolution

Condemning the racism and bigotry espoused by the
Council of Conservative Citizens

Whereas the population of the United States contains a spectrum of many diverse and rich cultures, races, and religious beliefs that contribute to the vitality and stability of the Nation;

Whereas the House of Representatives strongly opposes racism, bigotry, and all forms of ethnic and religious intolerance;

Whereas the Council of Conservative Citizens is an outgrowth of the segregationalist "White Citizens Council", commonly known as the White-Collar Klan, which helped to enforce segregation in the 1950s and 1960s;

Whereas the Council of Conservative Citizens promotes racism, divisiveness, and intolerance through its newsletter, World Wide Web site, and public discourse;

Whereas the Council of Conservative Citizens promulgates dogma that supports white supremacy and anti-Semitism an maliciously denigrates great American leaders including Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.;  and

Whereas the Council of Conservative Citizens provides access to, and opportunities for the promotion of, extremist neo-Nazi ideology and propaganda that incites hate crimes and violence:
Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives

(1)  condemns the racism and bigotry espoused by the Council of Conservative Citizens;

(2)  condemns all manifestations and expressions of racism, bigotry, and religious intolerance wherever they occur;  and

(3)  urges all Members of the House of Representatives not to support or endorse the Council of Conservative Citizens and its views.

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