Council of Conservative Citizens
The Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) identifies itself as "The True Voice of the American Right".
"Council officials contend the organization is a mainstream conservative group advocating such policies as an end to racial quotas and forced busing, restoring states' rights under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, tough immigration controls and protection of such symbols of southern heritage as Confederate monuments and public displays of the Confederate flag," Thomas B. Edsall wrote January 13, 1999, in The Washington Post.
"In fact, the Council of Conservative Citizens promotes the views of its leaders and prominent members – a number of whom are strong believers in the preservation of the 'white race,' disagree with Supreme Court rulings ordering desegregation of public facilities and believe the United States is on the verge of losing its identity as a white, European nation. The White Citizens Councils were instrumental in forming private white 'academies' as alternatives to the integrated school systems," Edsall wrote.
According to ADL / Law Enforcement Resource of America's web page on the CCC:
- Founded: 1985
- Headquarters: St. Louis
- Leader: Gordon Lee Baum, Chief Executive Officer
- Publication: The Citizens Informer (circulation of 20,000)
- Background: Established by former activists in the segregationist White Citizens Councils
- Ideology: white supremacy, white separatism
- Outreach: Mass mailings, prison newsletter
- Approach: Advances its ideology by inflaming fears and resentments, among Southern whites particularly, with regard to black-on-white crime, non-white immigration, attacks on the public display of the Confederate flag, and other issues related to "traditional" Southern culture.
- Connections: Several mainstream figures have spoken at or attended CCC meetings, including Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, Senator Jesse Helms, and former governors Guy Hunt of Alabama and Kirk Fordice of Mississippi.
- Extremist associations: David Duke, Mark Cotterill, Chris Temple.
P.O. Box 221683
St. Louis, MO 63122-9957
Related SourceWatch Resources
- Article links at the Institute for the Study of Academic Racism web site.
- "Sharks in the Mainstream," Southern Poverty Law Center.
- "Counsel of Citizens. Coffee, beer and white supremacy," Southern Poverty Law Center.
- Thomas B. Edsall, "Controversial Group Has Ties to Both Parties in South," Washington Post, January 13, 1999.
- Jesse Jackson, "Gordon Baum Discusses His Council of Conservative Citizens," Both Sides/CNN, January 24, 1999.
- Mark Pitcavage, The Council of Conservative Citizens "in the News". A Chronology of Events, Militia-Watchdog.org, February 4, 1999: "...a chronology of events and reporting of a peculiar scandal surrounding Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and Georgia Congressman Robert Bob Barr over the nature and extent of connections they may have had with a racist group known as the Council of Conservative Citizens."