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Why Does The FBI Ignore The Council of Conservative Citizens Hate Group?

The C of CC is probably the most prominent hate group in America. They count and have counted as members people like former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi, former RNC Chair Haley Barber, and a host of other Republican politicians. It would seem that those relationships have shielded the organization form the just scrutiny of the DOJ and FBI…Sometimes referred to as the KKK in suits, the C of CC advances and agenda no less toxic than the other white supremacist groups.

So, if looking for culpability in the organization which poured hate into Dylaan Roots head – you need to aim a little higher at the Republican congressmen and Senators who actively resisted the FBI stepping in on their friends and partners.

The FBI Ignored Dylann Roof’s Hate Group

The feds say they didn’t investigate the group that helped inspire the killer, but even hate speech is free speech—until it promotes violence.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it did not investigate the hate group that inspired Dylann Roof to kill nine black parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina last year.

FBI spokeswoman Jillian Stickels told The Daily Beast that there is no record of an investigation into the Council of Conservative Citizens. This comes after The Daily Beast requested FBI files on the group through the Freedom of Information Act. The FBI did not respond to requests for files on the CCC’s most prominent leaders.

The FOIA request also covered one week following the June 17, 2015 attack, indicating that the FBI wasn’t looking into the group even after it was revealed that Roof cited the CCC in his manifesto.

Roof wrote that he Googled “black on White crime” and found them.

“The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders,” Roof said, adding that more research led him to “fight” a race war.

After the Charleston shooting, the CCC’s webmaster first said the FBI was looking into suspected ties between him and Roof, and then later denied being part of any investigation.

The Council of Conservative Citizens was founded in 1985. It was meant to be a successor to the White Citizens Councils formed to oppose desegregation following the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education. (Justice Thurgood Marshall called the councils the “uptown Klan.”) The FBI maintainedextensive records on the earlier Citizens’ Councils, particularly in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Senator Trent Lott posed with officials of the pro-white Council of Conservative Citizens in 1997. From left, William D. Lord, state coordinator; Mr. Lott; Tom Dover, president, and Gordon L. Baum, executive officer.

But the practice apparently did not continue, despite inflammatory statements from the new CCC. In the 1980s, the CCC called blacks “genetically inferior.” In 2001, the CCC website said, “God is the author of racism. God is the One who divided mankind into different types. Mixing the races is rebelliousness against God.”

Racist statements don’t automatically trigger an FBI investigation, of course. What’s usually needed is a link to a threat of violence or criminal activity. Recent prosecutions of ISIS members show that the government may investigate and prosecute people for as little as re-blogging an image that calls for violence.

Other hate groups have been investigated by the FBI, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, including the Aryan Nations, the National Alliance, and several neo-Nazi groups.

From the C of CC Newsletter

The director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project speculated the CCC was not extreme enough to worry the FBI.

“It may be that they considered the Council to be too mainstream to investigate,” Heidi Beirich said. “After all, several GOP lawmakers including Trent Lott were very close to the group in the 1990s.”

The CCC was co-founded by two Democrats, former Georgia governor Lester Maddox and former Louisiana congressman John Rarick. Republican senator Trent Lott spoke to the CCC at least five times, as did Republican congressman Bob Barr in 1998. Mike Huckabee, another Republican, delivered a videotaped speech to the group in 1993 when he ran for governor of Arkansas.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, and prominent Republican supporter at a C of CC meeting in 2001

This historical one, just for fun –

 
 

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The HNIC and Harry Reid

The HNIC has conveniently been provided an escape route from his many missteps and problems. In the last several days a book published about the 2008 election quoted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as saying of then Candidate Obama that he thought that Barack Obama could win the presidency because he was “light-skinned” and did not use a “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

President Obama, to those who have an ear speaks in Black Brahmin, which is a black dialect using cadences and tones drown from the upper and middle class black community in the South. Famous individuals in the arts who used this dialect were James Earl Jones and Lena Horne – and it is not uncommonly used by well educate black ministers delivering sermons. Martin Luther King used a “southernized” version of this in speeches.

Steele, speaking on Fox News Sunday and NBC’s Meet the Press, said the same standard should apply to Reid as was applied to former Majority Leader Trent Lott in 2002 when Republicans controlled the Senate.

Lott lost his job after praising former Strom Thurmond’s segregationist campaign for President in 1948, saying if he had won, “we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years.” Lott made the remarks at a 100th birthday party for the late senator.

“There’s a big double standard here,” Steele said on NBC. “When Democrats get caught saying racist things, an apology is enough . If that had been (GOP Minority Leader) Mitch McConnell saying that about an African-American candidate for president of the United States, trust me …the DNC would be screaming for his head very much like they were with Trent Lott.”

Nor surprisingly, Steele fully dons his Uncle Tom mantle in defending Trent Lott, whose support of then staunch segregationist Stom Thurmond whose Dixiecrat Party’s platform supported a rollback of every iota of desegregation and rights of black people – including anti-lynching legislation. The Dixiecrat Party was a third party, whose racial policies directly opposed those or the Republican Party of the time, and were angry Norther Democrats supported Civil Rights. The States’ Rights Democratic Party (Dixiecrats) opposed racial integration and wanted to retain Jim Crow laws and white supremacy. The party’s slogan was “Segregation Forever!” Dixiecrats organized in response to President Harry S. Truman’s proposed 1948 civil rights package, based on the what was believed by many whites as the greatest threatened federal intrusion into the South since Reconstruction – drawing from the same “state’s rights” concept as the the current Tea Party. The Civil Rights Act of 1948 consisted of four primary pieces of legislation: abolition of the poll tax, a federal anti-lynching law, desegregation legislation, and a permanent Federal Employment Practices Committee (FEPC) to prevent racial discrimination in jobs funded by federal dollars.

So, Trent Lott’s statement in support of Strom Thurmond is directly in support of white supremacy, segregation, and the right to punish black people extra-legally by lynching as white citizens saw fit.

Compared to Reid’s correct observation that America is far too racist to accept a President that is “too black” – either in skin color or speech.

With the cost of Gold nowadays, I’ll have to forego presentation of a Gold Plated Uncle Tom Award of the Decade for Uncle Mikkie – so he’ll just have to do with this Stepin Fetchit award –

Uncle Tom of the Decade - Stepin Fetchit Award for Michael Steele, the HNIC

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2010 in Stupid Republican Tricks, The Post-Racial Life

 

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