Racist Council of Conservative Citizens Finds Home in Mainstream Politics
Over the last nine years, the Informer has featured a steady stream of anti-black and anti-gay columns, including attacks on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday; Black History Month; statues honoring blacks; African-American scholarship programs; non-white immigration; affirmative action; and AIDS research. It has also published many articles supporting the former apartheid regime in South Africa.
The Informer 's subscribers are continually encouraged to study biological determinism, eugenics and other racist views packaged as "scientific" (see Race and 'Reason'). Last fall, for instance, the magazine carried a glowing review of Gerald M. Spring's The Philosophy of Count de Gobineau, a book about a French 19th-century writer on race and biology.
"Despite its age, its theme is truly timeless because Gobineau was the first thinker to approach the race problem from a scientific viewpoint," the reviewer enthused. "His Essay on the Inequality of Human Races ... advanced the thesis that each of the three major races plays a distinct role in history. ...
"The whites were the creators of civilization, the yellows its sustainers and copyists, the blacks its destroyers. We need to know more about this great thinker. ... The enlightenment truly began in France."
The CCC's Web site also regularly publishes racist material. One of the group's featured columnists, who identifies himself as H. Millard, recently wrote there on his view on the likely effects of immigration and intermarriage. Millard, who refused to be interviewed, is a Costa Mesa, Calif., real estate agent whose full name is Martin H. Millard.
"What will emerge will be just be a slimy brown mass of glop," Millard wrote.
"The genocide being carried out against white people hasn't come with marching armies; instead, it has come with propaganda that is calculated to brainwash whites into happily and willingly jumping into the Neo-Melting Pot, and to their destruction. ...
"Genocide via the bedroom chamber is just as long-lasting as genocide via the gas chamber."
Race, Biology and 'Fetal Soup'
Other recent Web site articles have included a racially tinged piece on Chinese "fetal soup" and an attack on Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was actually homosexual, the CCC article said, and ugly and psychotic to boot. In fact, it said, Lincoln's only good idea may have been to deport blacks to Africa.
The CCC's tax-free think tank, the Conservative Citizens' Foundation (CCF), publishes sets of "Occasional Papers" for distribution to the CCC's members. Recently, these papers have been authored by such men as Samuel Francis, a syndicated columnist fired from the conservative Washington Times for racially inflammatory writings.
Other writers of these papers have advanced schemes to partition the United States into racial mini-states. Two recent articles were by Jared Taylor, the author of Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in America and a man who has argued that blacks are less intelligent than whites.
"Does America need Haitians, Mexicans, Cambodians and Guatemalans by the millions?" Taylor asked in a 1997 paper published by the foundation. "Where these people settle — be it in Miami, south central Los Angeles or Brownsville, Texas — these places cease to be parts of the United States and become parts of the Third World. ...
"We face ... a far greater threat ... than did our ancestors."
Links to Nazis, the Klan
The political histories of the CCC's members are another useful barometer of the group's views. At the top of the list are Patterson and Baum. These men have personally helped to bring the ideology of the White Citizens Councils directly into the CCC. But there are many others.
The names of CCC members are not public. But the Intelligence Report, after collecting the names of 175 members mentioned in council publications and elsewhere, was able to document ties to racist groups of 17 of those members — almost 10 percent of the total.
While the presence and degree of racism in the CCC varies from chapter to chapter, the Report found a significant number of members have been linked to unabashedly racist groups including the Invisible Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; the National Association for the Advancement of White People; the America First Party; and the neo-Nazi National Alliance.
Others have ties to militant "Patriot" organizations such as the extreme-right-wing Populist Party.
What's more, such people have been actively recruited.
In early 1995, Baum invited Vince Reed, who Baum knew as the head of security for the openly neo-Nazi Aryan Nations organization, into his St. Louis home. Taking Reed into a basement office and locking the door, Baum tried to recruit him to join the CCC's national board.
Unbeknownst to Baum, Reed was a law enforcement informant who has testified in state and federal courts, most recently against a group of Illinois terrorists.
"He wanted to talk about me coming over to his side," recalls Reed. "He says, 'I know you're an ambassador for [Aryan Nations leader] Richard Butler, but I can really use a person like you.' He told me his organization was really going forward.
"He was very serious, saying, 'Vince, the Jews are going to fall from the inside, not from the outside, and the niggers will be a puppet on a string for us.' And I said, 'Well, I see you're on the same side we're on.' And he said, 'Oh, yeah.'
He said, 'The power is not out there in the gun, it is inside Congress. You can battle for the rest of your life with guns and explosives, and you aren't going anywhere. We've got to do it from the inside.'"
Baum, while conceding he knew Reed, described his story as a "total lie."
British Neo-Fascists and Youth
Wider-ranging recruitment efforts are currently under way. While the council has been largely made up of aging southern proponents of "the lost cause," last year it began an effort to recruit a younger generation of followers, setting up an education committee and a youth chapter.
The youth chapter was developed by Mark Cotterill, using the false last name Cerr, around Washington, D.C. Cotterill, a Briton, is said to have brought 100 young people into the CCC. What Cotterill doesn't boast openly about are his connections to the National Alliance — his friendships with Alliance founder William Pierce, and Pierce's chief deputy, Kevin Alfred Strom (see Inside the Alliance).
Pierce's novel of a future race war, The Turner Diaries, served as the blueprint for the deadly 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building (see The Alliance and its Allies).
Cotterill is well known in Britain, which he left three years ago. There, he was associated with the neofascist National Front and its successor, the British National Party, as well as American distributor of a far-right periodical, Right Now. He also has been linked to the Ulster Defense Association, a paramilitary Protestant group in Northern Ireland.
Shortly after the Southern Poverty Law Center exposed Cotterill's true identity in December, he resigned as the capital area CCC leader, although he remains a member of the chapter.
Baum told the Intelligence Report that members of Cotterill's chapter were angered by his public association with David Duke and his hosting of a December CCC meeting at which neo-Nazi DeWest Hooker spoke.
That is not the only connection of the CCC to international racists. In September, a delegation of Baum and other key council leaders — including Atlanta businessman Tom Dover, who is the president of the CCC — attended a Paris gathering sponsored by the National Front, led by anti-Semitic extremist Jean-Marie Le Pen.
And then there is David Duke.