The discovery of a six-page essay written by civil rights icon Rosa Parks, in which she recounts the attempted rape of a black housekeeper by a white neighbor, has ignited an impassioned response from the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC). Not only has the CCC attacked the Associated Press for being “anti-white,” it has taken the opportunity to malign black men as serial rapists.
“In the United States black men rape white women over 100 times a day. Meanwhile white on black rape is extremely rare,” the CCC wrote on its website.
The CCC statement grossly distorts already unreliable Justice Department statistics on the breadth and reach of rape crimes.
Prompting the CCC’s claims was a recently discovered handwritten story that was part of a collection of Parks’ personal articles awaiting sale. The AP was given access to several documents in the Parks archive, including portions of the essay recounting the story of a “near rape.” In the essay, Parks wrote, “He offered me a drink of whiskey, which I promptly and vehemently refused. … He moved nearer to me and put his hand on my waist. I was very frightened by now. … I was ready to die but give my consent never.”
Almost immediately after the first reports, the document was scrutinized. Was the short essay a horrific event Parks witnessed? Had she been a victim of sexual assault? Or was the essay a work of fiction? The answer died with Parks in 2005, but the CCC feels certain it is a hoax. “She never made this claim while alive, nor did she put it in her autobiography.”
Maybe it’s no surprise the group should take to attacking Parks, widely considered “the first lady of the civil rights movement” for her defiant refusal to give up her seat on a city bus. The group is the modern reincarnation of the old White Citizens Councils that battled desegregation in the South and has been a frequent critic of multiculturalism.
More recently, the CCC’s Tennessee chapter has associated with two notorious skinhead groups: Blood and Honour and Volksfront. When the head of the CCC was asked about a networking event planned last June for the three groups, he told the SPLC that chapters were not supposed to meet with “costumed Nazis.”