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The sordid story of the George Allen's activist racism has grown this week to include an article in The Nation featuring a 1996 photograph of Allen posing with the leadership of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC). The ADL and...

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The sordid story of the George Allen's activist racism has grown this week to include an article in The Nation featuring a 1996 photograph of Allen posing with the leadership of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC). 

The ADL and the SPLC both have extensive posts warning the public that the CCC is a white supremacist hate group.  But in today's world, it is much more revealing to find instances where loud and proud White Supremacists actually mention and praise the same CCC standing like nervous prom dates posing in the photo with Governor George Allen.  So, I decided to try some basic Google searches to see what I could find.

The results took me back to my old friends at Stormfront and to some new friends at KKK.com.


White Supremacists View The CCC  As Part Of The Movement
The following quotes are examples where white supremacists are citing or talking about the CCC as a well-known part of the white supremacist movement.  These are not Progressive or Liberal organizations condemning the CCC as racist, but casual references to the CCC by people on hate group web sites.

KKK.com - News And Updates - June 18, 2006:

Members of the IKA including an Imperial Officer attended the June 16-17 Council of Conservative Citizens conference in Louisville, Kentucky. There were many exemplary speakers at this event (Don Black, Paul Fromm, Sam Dickson, Col. Robt. Slimp, Dr. Ed Fields, James Edwards, Dr. Brent Nelson, Kevin Lamb, and others) and there was music to enjoy as well. Don't let the word "Conservative" or the formal attire give you the wrong idea – these gentlemen aren't your typical conservative buffoons. The speeches given were absolutely revolutionary and quite informative. The IKA made many important contacts networking at the conference which will prove beneficial to future endeavors. The conference was a fine experience and we would like to extend our thanks to the organizers and attendees of this event for their warm welcoming and hospitality.

WHITE UNITY!

–Imperial Godi, Imperial Klans of America

Key Points:  Klan members are aware that the word 'Conservative' in the CCC name is a mask for white supremacy; Klan members attend CCC events to network.

Stormfront.org - Discussion Boards - June 16, 2006:

Watch this calendar item for further details on the big Council of Conservative Citizens National Conference coming up on Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17th, in Clarksville, Indiana - just outside of Louisville, Kentucky. We will have a large gathering of Stormfront Members at this national patriot conference.

This is sure to be one of the great patriot events of 2006. If you missed the American Renaissance Conference in February, you won't want to miss this next big conference. And if you were at AmRen, you'll be just as eager to attend, since this event will be every bit as rewarding as our get-together near Washington, D.C.

This CofCC conference is in a great central location that is within about a 200-mile drive from White population centers like Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, Indianapolis, Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Nashville. Anyone living in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Eastern Missouri, Southern Michigan, Southern Wisconsin, Eastern Iowa, West Virginia, or Western Pennsylvania is within easy driving distance. Many Canadians will be attending, since this is an easy drive from Ontario.

Sam Dickson will be speaking, as will Paul Fromm, James Edwards, Dr. Ed Fields and Don Black. It will be a great chance to meet fellow Stormfront Members, fellow CofCC Members, and friends. I know I'll be there. This will be the 12th major national patriot conferences in the U.S. since October of 2003. All 12 of them have been heavily attended by us as Stormfront Members: NA-Oct. 2003 (Hillsboro, WV), AmRen-Feb. 2004 (Herndon, VA), Revisionist-April, 2004 (Sacramento, CA), NA-April, 2004 (Hillsboro), New Orleans-May 2004 (Louisiana), CofCC-June 2004 (Pigeon Forge, TN), Occidental Quarterly-Nov. 2004 (Wash., D.C.), NA-April 2005 (WV), New Orleans-May 2005 (Louisiana), CofCC-June 2005 (Montgomery, Alabama), AmRen-Feb. 2006 (Herndon, VA).

 
Key Points:  Stormfront uses the CCC event to enlist members for white supremacist outreach; Stormfront sees the CCC as part of a network of racist organizations hosting events to promote white supremacist causes.

Northwest National Socialist Movement - White Unity Concerts, Rallies, Gatherings - 2006:

Saturday, June 10, 2006 Fort Payne, Alabama “Klan Jam” Gathering organized by various Klan groups includes speeches as well as cross and swastika lighting, with open invitation to other patriots.

Saturday, June 17, 2006 - Sunday, June 18, 2006 Louisville, Kentucky CofCC conference National Board Meeting and Conference organized by Council of Conservative Citizens

Saturday, July 15, 2006 Oregon, Illinois Anti-immigration rally and BBQ Demonstration organized by members of Stormfront, a hate Web site, with open invitation to white supremacists to attend BBQ after the rally

Friday, July 21, 2006 - Sunday, July 23, 2006 Lawrenceburg, Tennessee Confederate Alliance Conference

Saturday, July 22, 2006 Roseville, California Anti-spic rally Demonstration organized by the Sacramento Unit of i National Vanguard

Key Points: A Growing organization in the West, the NNSM sees this CCC as an established White supremacist group; the NNSM sees the CCC event as similar to the obviously white supremacist events (e.g., "Klan Jam" and "Anti-spic rally")

Stormfront.org - Discussion Boards - April 27, 2005:
This is a public discussion where a Stormfront member asked readers about other white supremacist groups to which they belonged.  These where the choices and the results:

Which WN Organizations/Groups Do You Participate In? - 5.77%
National Vanguard - 5.77%
National Alliance - 3.68%
EURO - 1.86%
KKK, any - 6.42%
Christian Identity, any - 2.33%
Aryan Nations - 1.44%
Creativity Movement - 2.05%
National Socialism, any - 8.94%
Skinheads, any - 8.29%
Pro-European Pagan, any - 2.79%
Afrikaner Resistance Movement - 1.40%
Historical Revisionism, any - 1.12%
Other, not on list - 13.69%
Not affiliated with any or "Lone Wolf" - 33.52%
WAU (Women for Aryan Unity) - 0.28%
League of the South - 1.02%
Council of Conservative Citizens - 2.09%
W.A.U. - Women For Aryan Unity - 0.51%
W.A.R. - White Aryan Resistance - 2.79%

This is certainly not a scientific poll (e.g., WAU is listed twice), but it shows the array of organizations that constitute the white power movement.  Later on the discussion, members commented on their choices:

04-29-2005, 11:21 PM
I added the Council of Conservative Citizens to this poll on April 29, 2005, when the poll already had 208 votes on it. So, the poll result for the Council of Conservative Citizens (of which I am a Member) will be unfairly skewed downward as a result of its late start in the poll.

04-30-2005, 10:46 PM
I am a member of EURO and the Council of Conservative Citizens. I was also a member of the National Alliance but I plan to join to National Vanguard.

05-19-2005, 12:55 AM
I am with the League of the South although I have been in the Klan before.
I am also a League member, that and the Council of Conservative Citizens.

11-30-2005, 02:26 PM
Organizations that I belong to within the movement are:

  • Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
  • National States Rights Party
  • (Recently some of us believing that the current "2 major political parties" in America have betrayed the White majority and that none of the current "third parties" are truly White Racialist, decided to revive the venerable NSRP)
  • Council of Conservative Citizens
  • Organizations not affiliated with the movement:
  • Free & Accepted Masons (Blue Lodge, York Rite, Scottish Rite)
  • Ancient Arabic Order Nobles Of The Mystic Shrine
  • National Rifle Association
  • Mississippi Farm Bureau

Key Points: People who see themselves as active participants in the White Supremacist movement, see the CCC as part of that movement; the CCC is at least as active as more recognizably racist organizations.

Conclusions:  Allen Posed With Well-Known Leaders of the White Supremacy Movement
Beyond these references, I found many references to Gordon Lee Baum's participation in the American Renaissance Conferences.   Baum attended the first Conference in 1994, but was finally included in the conference photo in 2000. The AR Conference features well-known white supremacists with ties to academia.

The conclusions we can draw from the initial 1996 photograph of Allen, therefore, and from the resulting searches on the CCC is that Allen posed for a photo with well-known leaders of a rising and confident new white supremacist movement in America.

While most of America is unfamiliar with the CCC, it is well-known inside the White Supremacist movement and has been, arguably, for at least a decade.

Perhaps the most important conclusion we can draw has to do with seeing this photograph as a snapshot of George Allen's political strategy

Allen would have known that the photograph was going too be published in the Concerned Citizen, the racist newsletter of the CCC.  And he would have known that the readership of the CC would have extended to a core group of white supremacists actively engaged in recruiting members.

What we see in Allen's attraction to the CCC, in other words, is an attempt by a white politician to take the so-called 'Southern Strategy' of the Republican party and push it north and west into the heart of what we now call 'red America.'  The ambitions of the white supremacist groups drawn to the CCC are suggestive of the type of appeal that the CCC would have held for George Allen: outreach, recruitment, new supporters.  In other words:  an electoral strategy.

And then, of course, there is the question of secrecy.

Despite the public branding of the CCC that brought to light its white supremacist intentions (e.g., the scandal that brought down Trent Lott), the fact remains that the CCC has been and always will be a group that masks its racist agenda with a fair amount of secrecy.  This secrecy is part of a cultural tradition in American white supremacist groups leading back to the KKK.

Unlike the Klan, however, who hid their faces with hoods, the CCC is a group that seeks to hide its intentions behind suits and ties.  Whereas the Klan hood is iconic and instantly recognizable, the image of the CCC has been carefully crafted over several decades to elude quick identification with radical white supremacy--with the goal of creating members who can 'pass' for non-racists, thereby gaining access to government.

Thus, to key to be able to 'see' a member of the CCC as racist is research.

In 1996, when George Allen posed for the picture, it was hard to imagine that only ten years later that the circumstances surrounding the photo, plus similar circumstances, would be so widely accessible to people beyond the semi-clandestine membership of the CCC. But now they are.

The George Allen of 1996, therefore, was a man building a career through what he saw as a semi-hidden, but well-connected network of white supremacists--a network with the immense potential to link an ambitious politician to a growing network of national supporters.

And thus, we arrive at a much broader picture of how George Allen was using his time as Senator of Virgina in 1996.  We also understand a little better what Max Blumenthal's quote from Gordon Lee Baum in his recent essay about Allen in The Nation:

According to Baum, Allen had not naively stumbled into a chance meeting with unfamiliar people. He knew exactly who and what the CCC was about and, from Baum's point of view, was engaged in a straightforward political transaction. "It helped us as much as it helped him," Baum told me. "We got our bona fides." And so did Allen.

Of course, hell hath no fury like a white racist once courted for political gain, but subsequently spurned.  If ever there was a man alive who had the potential to end the political career of George Allen, ironically,  it would be Gordon Lee Baum. 

Gordon Lee Baum, racism, white supremacist leader, must have once believed himself to be a kingmaker amongst a new movement that started to taste the halls of power in the 1990.  He must have believed that the 21st Century would once gain belong to white supremacy. But then suddenly, like a jilted prom date, he became a political liability for men who managed to retain their power.

Blumenthal squeezed a good quote out of Baum.  But if there was one person who wanted to spill everything about George Allen--and spill it right now--my money would be on Baum.

And if I were a producer for a major network, I would have put my best reporters on that story last week.

©  2006 Jeffrey Feldman, Frameshop

© Jeffrey Feldman 2006, Frameshop

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