Responds to Racism Charges
Washington Times, Wednesday, February 16, 1999, page A16
Copyright © 1999 News World Communications, Inc.
strange that Rep. Bob Barr, who boasts in his letter to the editor
that he "prosecuted white supremacists and racially motivated
police violence" while he was a U.S. attorney, was not more
familiar with the views of the Council of Conservative Citizens
(CCC), an organization long active in his district and jurisdiction,
before he agreed to speak to our group last year ("Congressman
replies to charge of racism by association," Feb. 5).
it be that Mr. Barr is simply misinformed about the "racial
views" he ascribes to the CCC and that the council is not,
in fact, the white-supremacist, racist, anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi
organization the liberal media and certain irresponsible left-wing
congressmen have smeared it as being?
the CCC is a 15,000-member organization that is the nation' s
leading grass-roots conservative activist group. While it is largely
white and Christian in membership, it does have both black and
Jewish members, and persons of any racial, ethnic and religious
background are welcome to join.
CCC defends the white European-American people that created the
civilization of Europe and the United States, including the Christian
faith and constitutional form of government that have prevailed
in the United States throughout our history. We do not support
and do not advocate any exploitation or oppression of any racial,
ethnic or religious group.
what Mr. Barr says of his own beliefs - "I deeply believe
that skin color, the church in which people worship or the country
where they are born should have nothing to do with the opportunities
they have in society or the status they hold under the law"
- is also true of what we in the CCC believe. It is unfortunate
that the congressman and many others have been misinformed about
the real views of the CCC and that they have not taken the trouble
to learn what our real views are before denouncing us on the basis
of erroneous and politically distorted reports.
Chief executive officer
Council of Conservative Citizens