This is dedicated to the memory of the Charleston Nine: Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton, Clementa C. Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman and Myra Thompson.
In my last few articles, I’ve been making the case that the Republican and Libertarian parties have become infested with white nationalist hate groups. It is a very serious accusation no doubt, but it is an accusation that the media can no longer justify ignoring. We now have elected a racist, misogynist, anti-immigrant bigot for our president. He in turn is filling his cabinet with more white supremacists, anti-LGBT activists, anti-immigrant proponents and misogynists. The following is just another example of how the Republican Party can longer claim to be the party of Lincoln when it comes to civil rights as it has been gradually evolving into the white nationalist party for decades.
It is entirely possible, and I would not condemn you for this as the media is busy covering every Trump tweet, that you are not aware that Dylann Roof, the accused murderer of nine innocent souls, was just deemed fit to stand trial. In case you’ve forgotten, Roof entered the Charleston, South Carolina Emanuel Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015 and murdered nine Bible study members simply because they were black. Roof maintained a website where he wrote that his attempt at starting a race war was inspired by articles he discovered on the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) website.
“The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these black on White [sic] murders. At this moment, I realized something was very wrong.” – Dylann Roof
So what is the CofCC? It turns out that the CofCC is a large organization with many chapters throughout the United States. They not only maintain connections with similar hate groups in America, but with ones in Europe and various other countries. They are recognized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Oddly enough, the CofCC considers both of these groups to be hate groups because they are intolerant of their intolerance. A sort of “I know you are, but what am I,” philosophy.
In fact the CofCC is the modern day KKK. They are the more genteel KKK in that they do not burn crosses or wear ridiculous costumes. They look like everyday white citizens yet they still espouse the same hateful anti-anything not white Christian bullshit heard from their KKK ancestors. To be sure, they love the N-word and share the same ideology, but they are more inclined to use the system and make more subtle arguments to win over whites.
And this is where you start to notice the similarity of ideas and policies with our modern day Republican and Libertarian Party platforms. Even their conservative bruja mouthpiece Ann Coulter has stated that she does not find the CofCC to be a racist organization. Really? Yes, really. Notice how many of their beliefs are espoused by Trump and other republicans. This was taken from the CofCC newspaper the Citizens Informer from Vol. 45, #3, Sept.-Dec. 2012. Yes, 2012!
- “America First” – “…no need to maintain political and military commitments to allies made during the Cold War…we cannot continue to support their defense budgets, guarantee their security, fight their wars or finance their governments and economies through foreign aid.”
- “America First Trade Policy” – only policies that benefit the U.S. will be considered.
Now look at the rest of their platform. Notice the similarities with the 2016 Republican platform.
- The U.S. is a Christian country. Its public leaders, government and people at all levels must be Cristian. Prayer must be allowed in schools and all public places.
- They oppose all immigration that comes from non-white, non-western countries. All non-whites are to be returned to their countries.
- They oppose any policy that would put a non-white above a white such as affirmative-action, the Civil Rights Voting Act of 1964 and desegregation.
- There is to be no mixing of the races.
- Only the traditional family of a Christian man and woman is to be recognized.
- Homosexuality should be illegal.
- All “hate crimes” are non-existent, not recognized as crimes.
- Any justices that do not uphold Christian values are to be impeached and replaced.
- Abolish the U.S. Department of Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Development, etc.
- There is to be no social welfare for the poor, disabled or sick and elderly.
- States rights.
- Oppose all gun control.
- Abolish political correctness and sensitivity training.
The CofCC is the new White Citizen Council from the 1950’s. They simply took the mailing lists from old groups and formed a group with a shiny new, not so racist sounding name. It is the most prominent white supremacist group for that reason; you can be a racist and not seem like one when KKK is not in your group’s name. But let me be clear in this, there is no valid argument for any politician to claim such ignorance. None. They have known who these bigots are for quite some time because both Republican and a few Democrats have been exposed as supporters or even members of this group for almost 20 years now.
In 1998, Bob Barr, former federal prosecutor, Georgia Republican U.S. Representative, 2008 Libertarian presidential candidate and 2014 Georgia Republican congressional candidate was outed by Thomas Edsall of the Washington Post as being a repeat offender for speaking at CofCC conferences. Edsell followed up his report with another bombshell, then Mississippi Republican Senator Trent Lott was actually a member. In 1993, Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate agreed to speak at a CofCC conference but had a scheduling conflict. He sent a video of his speech instead. In 1994, after the media discovered he was once again the keynote speaker, he bowed out. Old Democrats such as Strom Thurmond and Dick Gephart were CofCC favorites too. And the list gets longer when you look at state and local officials. Each and every one of these men claimed to not know that the CofCC was a white supremacist organization. Apparently, we were born yesterday.
After the Charleston shooting, the media once again discovered that the CofCC had political connections via political donations. Elected officials had become smart enough to not show up at their conventions but still loved that money. Their president, Earl Pendleton Holt III, had given over $65,000 to many current and former Republican office holders. These included state and federal congressional members, state supreme court justices and even presidential candidates. In an effort to distance themselves from the avowed racists of the CofCC, some of these politicians stated they would either donate these tainted contributions or return them to Holt. Of course, they once again claimed ignorance as to the group’s racist rants.
Some, not all but some. I not only wondered if those some did as they promised, but which ones did not promise at all and why not. This also made me curious as to why only the donations by Holt. Surely there were other members of the CofCC that had made political donations.
I discovered that Republican and Libertarian PACS, committees and candidates have taken over $165,000 from known CofCC leaders. This does don’t include money donated to PACS that are legally allowed to hide their donors, AKA dark money. Most favored elected officials include Ted Cruz, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker, Michele Bachmann, Steve King and The Arkansas Republican Party. Perhaps you are thinking that $165,000 is not that much money considering the size of some political contributions. True. But if it’s not that much, then why not return or donate it?
Granted, I don’t expect politicians to be aware of every donor’s level of racism. I don’t even expect them to know every member of the CofCC. I do expect them to know the leaders and not accept donations of any kind. I do require that they denounce them. I insist that they refuse to speak at their events. It would only take a request to the SPLC and/or the ADL from the Republican Party for a list of names. In turn, those logging the donations for campaign finance recording could return the checks of known racists and anti-Semites. How hard is this?
I will gladly assist those seeking public office in identifying the leaders of the CofCC that like to donate to elected officials . The following is a list of their leaders obtained from tax filings with the IRS and their information as provided by the SPLC and the ADL:
- Earl Pendleton Holt III – President. Lives in Longview, TX. Hosts the radio show Right at Night in St. Louis, MO and writes for The Blaze and Citizen Informer. Has stated that black people “are the laziest, stupidest and most criminally inclined race in the history of the world.”
- Katherine Cook Holt – Director. Longview, TX. Wife of Earl Holt.
- A.J. Barker – Board Member. Clemens, N.C. Owner of A.J. Barker Window and Siding Company. Once organized a protest at a Tyson chicken factory in North Carolina because he thought they were hiring undocumented workers.
- John and Brenda Casteel – Board members. Newport, AR. Owner of Casteel Insurance Company. John was Jackson County’s Republican Chairman but was forced to resign for racist comments.
- Sam G. Dickson, Esq. – Board member. Atlanta, GA. Editorial advisory board for Citizens Informer.
- James Edwards – Board member. Bartlett, TN. Host of right wing radio show Political Cesspool.
- Arthur and Betty Furniss – Board members. Horn Lake, MS. Betty is now deceased.
- Roan and Cheryl Garcia-Quintana – Board members. Mauldin, S.C. Although Roan is Cuban born, he is rabidly anti-immigrant and is director of Americans Have Had Enough. He served in the Reagan Administration and with South Carolina’s Republican Governor Nikki Haley’s campaign committee. She fired him once Democrats discovered he was a CofCC member but she kept his $100 donation. She is currently a Trump cabinet appointee.
- David Macko – Board member. Solon, OH. Macko is a politician himself running as a Libertarian. He has been the Secretary and Treasurer for the Ohio Libertarian Party. He is also a member of the John Birch Society and the Oath Keepers.
- Martin Ray – Board Member. Trinity, AL.
- Robert L. Slimp – Board member. Columbia, S.C. Slimp is a retired Army Chaplain and joined the Dixiecrats under Strom Thurmond. He writes for the Citizens Informer, “If this state of affairs continues, a majority of the U.S. population will be non-European aliens, and then our country will be gone forever.”
- Phillip L. White – Board member. Sebring, FL.
- Leonard R. Wilson, Esq. – Board member. Townley, AL. Wilson has a long white nationalist history. He’s the Alabama state commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and a member of the White Citizens Council of Tuscaloosa. He also served on both the Republican and Democratic State Committees and was an Alabama delegate in five Republican Conventions.
- Ron G. Wilson – Board Member. Easley, S.C. Ron is the former leader of the sons of Confederate Veterans. He is also a member of The League of the South, another modern day White Council group. He was an Anderson County, S.C. Board of Education member and owner of Atlantic Bullion and Coin. Through his company, he stole $60 million from investors and was sentenced to twenty years in prison.
Now obviously there are tons more, but these are just some of the main players of the CofCC. So, elected officials, if you receive a check from these people and you accept it, you are accepting money from a known white supremacist whose organization influenced Dylann Roof to murder nine innocent persons simply because of the color of their skin.
In the next post, I will list all their donations to local, state and federal politicians. It is incumbent upon these elected officials to return or donate all of the blood money they have received from the CofCC.