By BERRY CRAIG
AFT Local 1360
Why would a white supremacist give you money?
“Add Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin’s name to the list of Republicans who have received campaign donations from a white supremacist referenced in the manifesto of the man who allegedly shot and killed nine people last week in Charleston, S.C.,” the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Sam Youngman recently wrote.
Matt Bevin’s benefactor is Earl Holt III, president of the St. Louis-based Council of Conservative Citizens.
Holt’s group “is the modern reincarnation of the old White Citizens Councils, which were formed in the 1950s and 1960s to battle school desegregation in the South,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center website.
“Among other things, its Statement of Principles says that it ‘oppose[s] all efforts to mix the races of mankind,'” the website says. “Created in 1985 from the mailing lists of its predecessor organization, the CCC, which initially tried to project a ‘mainstream’ image, has evolved into a crudely white supremacist group whose website has run pictures comparing the late pop singer Michael Jackson to an ape and referred to black people as ‘a retrograde species of humanity.’”
In December, 2013, Holt contributed $500 to the Bevin for senate campaign, according to Youngman’s story. Bevin lost to Sen. Mitch McConnell in the May, 2014, GOP primary.
Holt obviously figured the tea party-tilting Bevin was a good investment.
On the campaign trail Bevin buddy-buddied with a Bluegrass State branch of the reactionary and conspiratorialist John Birch Society. The Birchers claimed the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s was a communist plot to create “a Negro Soviet Republic in the United States.”
No doubt, Mike Peroutka, who ran for president in 2004, would agree with the Birch Society. The Human Rights Campaign called him an “active white supremacist and secessionist sympathizer,” Youngman wrote in another story.
Bevin said he voted for Peroutka, candidate of the far right wing Constitution Party.
Peroutka’s endorsers included the League of the South, “a neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second Southern secession and a society dominated by ‘European Americans,'” according to the SPLC website. “The ‘godly’ nation envisioned by the League should be run by an ‘Anglo-Celtic’ (read: white) elite that would establish a Christian theocratic state and politically dominate blacks and other minorities.”
Bevin’s benefactor Holt is a hero to Dylann Roof, the avowed white supremacist who is accused of murdering nine African Americans in Charleston’s historic Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Holt’s largess extended to several other Republicans, including Rand Paul, Kentucky’s junior senator. Paul’s political action committee pocketed $1,750 of Holt’s money, Youngman wrote.
Holt clearly figured Paul, another tea party hero, was worth some cash, too.
After all, when Paul ran for the senate in 2010, he criticized aspects of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, but backpedaled.
Nonetheless, the “criticism mirrored the views of his father [Rep. Ron Paul], who stood up on the House floor when it celebrated the 40th anniversary of the act in 2004 and denounced it as ‘a massive violation of the rights of private property and contract, which are the bedrocks of free society,’” the Louisville Courier-Journal reported in 2010.
In 2006, according to the Washington Post, Paul wrote a letter to his hometownBowling Green Daily News claiming the U.S. Fair Housing Act, another important civil rights law, “ignores the distinction between private and public property.” Paul added: “Decisions concerning private property and associations should in a free society be unhindered. As a consequence, some associations will discriminate.”
Now Bevin and Paul can’t give away Holt’s dough fast enough. Bevin’s campaign manager said Bevin and his running mate, Jenean Hampton, who is African American, will each give $500 to a scholarship fund for minority students, according to Youngman.
Paul’s staff said he is contributing $1,750 to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund to help families of the murder victims, Youngman wrote.
Anyway, I suspect that before Holt’s contributions hit the news, few Kentuckians had even heard of him and his group. There is plenty more about Holt and the CCC on the SPLC website.
For example, the CCC’s newspaper, “Citizens Informer, regularly publishes articles condemning ‘race mixing,’ decrying the evils of illegal immigration, and lamenting the decline of white, European civilization,” the website says.
The website also lists some CCC quotes and their sources:
“God is the author of racism. God is the One who divided mankind into different types. … Mixing the races is rebelliousness against God.” — Council of Conservative Citizens website, 2001
“We believe the United States is a European country and that Americans are part of the European people. … We therefore oppose the massive immigration of non-European and non-Western peoples into the United States that threatens to transform our nation into a non-European majority in our lifetime. We believe that illegal immigration must be stopped, if necessary by military force and placing troops on our national borders; that illegal aliens must be returned to their own countries; and that legal immigration must be severely restricted or halted through appropriate changes in our laws and policies. We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called ‘affirmative action’ and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races.” —Statement of Principles, Citizens Informer, 2007
Youngman wrote that “Holt has contributed to dozens of Republicans, most of them “racing to donate the money to charitable causes.”
This old reporter hopes some young speedster from the Fourth Estate will chase after the fleeing Republicans—especially Bevin and Paul—and ask them two questions:
“Why would a white supremacist give you money?”
“Why did you take the money?”
Of course, Bevin and Paul would hotly deny they are bigots. Four of Bevin’s adopted children are black.
But their campaigns accepted money from a big-time bigot. Bevin and Paul didn’t give away the cash until the media called their hand on where it came from.