Like father, like son: George Wallace, Jr. courts the CCC
“There is nothing hateful about those people I’ve seen.”— George C. Wallace Jr., welcoming the delegates of the “uptown Klan”, the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) to its convention.
Sadly, that bad apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The former Alabama governor George Wallace stood in a school’s doorway to try to prevent integration. Once it was clear that Jim Crow didn’t fly anymore, he eventually courted the black vote to win re-election to his final fourth term in 1982. You’d think the son, Alabama Public Service Commissioner George C. Wallace Jr., might have learned from the social change that he witnessed while growing up and taken something postive away from those experiences. Apparently he didn’t. (SPLC):
The younger Wallace, whose official resumé boasts of an NAACP Freedom Award, opened up the first day of the annual national convention of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a group whose Web site has referred to blacks as “a retrograde species of humanity.” More than 100 delegates heard his speech, which went without any immediate coverage in the Alabama print or broadcast media.
There is little debate that the CCC is a racist group. In fact, the head of the Republican National Committee in 1999 warned party members to avoid the group after the Southern Poverty Law Center published an exposé detailing its racism. The CCC was created from the mailing lists of the old White Citizens Councils, which were set up in the 1950s and 1960s to resist efforts to desegregate Southern schools, and which Thurgood Marshall once described as “the uptown Klan.” Recently, it has embraced Holocaust deniers and published anti-Semitic articles on its Web site.
In the audience listening to Wallace were a number of leading white supremacists. They included Don Black, proprietor of Stormfront.org, the most influential hate site on the Internet, and former Alabama grand dragon of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; Jamie Kelso, right-hand man and Louisiana roommate of former Klan leader David Duke; Jared Taylor, editor of the neo-eugenicist American Renaissance magazine; Ed Fields, an aging white supremacist leader from Georgia; Alabama CCC leader Leonard “Flagpole” Wilson, who got his nickname shouting “Keep Bama white!” from atop a flagpole during University of Alabama race riots in 1956; and the CCC’s national leader, St. Louis personal injury lawyer Gordon Lee Baum…He said he welcomed the delegates and spoke about his family and conservative values.
Proud faces of the CCC’s racist Right: Don Black, David Duke and “assistant” Jamie Kelso, Jared Taylor, Gordon Lee Baum.
This was not Wallace’s first flirtation with the CCC, a group that has grown more openly radical and racist in recent years. Wallace, who was Alabama state treasurer between 1986 and 1994 and was elected to the Public Service Commission in 1998, gave speeches to the CCC once in 1998 and twice during 1999.