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Is the CCC a ‘Mainstream’ Group? Just Ask Larry Darby

By Mark Potok on December 17, 2007 - 2:28 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, White Supremacist

Remember the good old days, back in the 1990s, when the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) was still claiming to be a non-racist, if conservative, group? That was when then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) was still trying to defend his ties to the CCC in the aftermath of an SPLC exposé revealing the virulent racism at the core of the group. By 2000, the CCC had relaxed a little, letting its ideological hair down with a Web posting advertising South Carolina’s “whiter beaches” (the state was being subjected to a tourism boycott by the NAACP) and, in a final display of let-them-think-whatever-they-damn-want-to insouciance, an essay calling blacks a “retrograde species of humanity.” But still, CCC officials soldiered on, telling anyone who would listen that theirs was a mainstream group and that those who criticized it were the real haters. Even as the politicians it once influenced fled, the CCC struggled to remain relevant.

Now comes Larry Darby, the newly appointed chairman of the CCC’s Alabama Capital Region. The man is not an advertisement for the CCC’s alleged moderation.

Larry Darby

For years, Darby was a lonely atheist in hyper-religious Alabama, denouncing religion every time he could get a TV camera pointed his way. He supported the legalization of marijuana. Then, in late 2005, he invited David Irving, the world’s leading Holocaust denier, to central Alabama, billing him as an “expert” on World War II and “free speech.” Running (unsuccessfully) for state attorney general the following year, he said the Nazi Holocaust “never happened,” the Voting Rights Act of 1965 should be repealed, and segregated schools should be reinstated. He suggested that martial law be imposed and troops stationed on interstates to deal with “illegal aliens.” He traveled to a May 13, 2006, rally in New Jersey held by the neo-Nazi group, National Vanguard, to speak alongside other neo-Nazi leaders, including David Duke. A photograph from the rally show a smiling Darby arm in arm with infamous neo-Nazi stage mom April Gaede.

All this might have left Darby in the political wilderness in most places. Not so the Alabama CCC, which liked Darby just fine — once he renounced his atheism, that is, and announced that he’d been unexpectedly reborn as a right-wing Christian.

Now, Larry Darby and the CCC are marching together off into the future. Most recently, Darby sent letters to two Alabama newspapers, the Anniston Star and the Montgomery Advertiser. In them, he accused the newspapers of being a “fifth column” because they opposed English-only driver’s license testing. He said they were promoting the “disintegration of Alabama’s Anglo-Celtic society.” He charged that Alabama and America generally are “under the thumbs of international bankers” and sundry “economic vampires and slavers” (read: the Jews). And then, in a curious last thought, Darby offered up this conundrum: “Is it coincidental that Karl Marx’s ideas appeared in New York newspapers as early as 1861, when Abraham Lincoln abandoned republican government and diverted the ship of state to its present course?”

Good question, Larry. We’ll be thinking about it.

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  • Colin James Cameron

    I appreciate Billy Yank’s comment on the civil war. I’m surprised it’s not referred to as the “war of Northern oppression,” a name that also reveals another re-writing of history.

    Although there certainly were disagreements over tariffs, etc., but there is good dose of dis-ingenuousness in citing this as the cause of the civil war, and I see you’re not buying into this alternate history..

    These re-writings always follow a certain prescription, in which a particular desired truth is invented and facts are distorted to support the thesis. I can’t help but notice the offerings by Regnery on my book club. A recent book by D’Souza exemplifies this re-writing formula. His thesis — that liberals caused 9/11, is supported with a rather dubious collection of “facts.” As always, the facts are unimportant, it’s only the conclusion that matters. And D’Souza’s conclusion echoes a reality that they’d like-to-be true, which is all that really matters.

  • http://reclaimhistory.blogspot.com/ Billy Yank

    For those of you “hating” the SPLC, can you tell me what in the story was untrue?

    Bill

  • http://reclaimhistory.blogspot.com/ Billy Yank

    From my blog…www.reclaimhistory.blogspot.com

    Saturday, November 3, 2007
    Bushwhacken Clint Lacy Can’t Read

    Clint Lacy claims that I am re-writing history, yet on his blog he now claims that the Civil War or War of the Rebellion was a Communist Revolution. He links that fact that Karl Marx wrote President Lincoln as proof that Lincoln wanted to socialize the United States. I am no Lincoln scholar, but I think it is safe to say that no where in Lincoln’s speeches or writings is there any pretense to creating as socialistic society in America.

    In one quote from Lacy’s article he states the followng…

    Even fellow Marxist Karl Marx stated that…

    “The war between the North and the South is a tariff war. The war is further, not for any principle, does not touch the question of slavery, and in fact turns on the Northern lust for sovereignty.”

    The problem with this statement, and every neo-confederate makes this mistake, is that it is not Marx who is stating that the war is a tariff war. What Marx is doing is summerizing what the papers in London are saying about the American Civil War. Marx fully believes that the south started the war to protect and expand slavery. Here is the LINK, so the you can read the quote in context.

    So if your reading the Bushwhacker’s site, do so with a grain of salt. He has an agenda and history be damned

    Bill

  • ironvampire

    You SPLC guys are great! You have bilked people out of their hard earned money with this fear mongering about how everyone is a hater and how racism is rampant everywhere. It’s a great scam. There’s a lot of money in keeping the idea that racism is omnipresent. Those liberal nutjobs will keep sending the checks in and you guys will live high on the hog! Where do i sign up? I can call people racist just as good as you guys can. how’s this: Stop the hate!. Just send me my check when you get time. What a terrific con job.My hat is off to you.

  • http://evilpoet-lostinthought.blogspot.com/ EvilPoet

    God bless? If there is a God like they say and this list (Proverbs 6:16-19) is any indication – probably not. “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.”

  • unlucky 13

    That Darby cat seems to be an opportunist with a sense of risky adventure thrown in.You’d think his nonsense wouldn’t fly but David Duke captured the majority of the white vote for governor of Louisiana.A coalition of blacks,women and sane people prevented him from victory.Duke likes the limelight.I heard him speak on tv not long ago where he quoted from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion without letting the viewers know his source for the quote.Darby seems to crave attention as well even if he has to become a fraud to getit.On the other hand if he’s sincere he must really not be as bright as he seems to pretend.At least that’s my take on the cat.

  • Dee

    This article shows that America’s foundation planted in racism and ignorance continues to live, though many Americans are in denial. Darby duped Christians by simply saying he is now a Christian and what’s worse, they believed it. Fact is, none of them know God or Jesus or anything spiritual. They’re entrenched in hate and fear and without law, would be lawless. Without being checked, they’d run amok. God bless America? Why?