The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mark Potok (HateWatch, 2/13/09) gives a review of Ann Coulter’s lengthy history of “sliming everyone and everything she disagrees with” before disclosing that, “despite denouncing school desegregation as a ‘spectacular’ failure, Coulter has generally avoided bolstering white supremacist hate groups. Until now, that is”:
In her latest foaming-mouth tome–Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America, released on January 6–Coulter spends the better part of three pages defending a group called the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), which the New York Times had described as a “thinly veiled white supremacist organization.” Coulter begs to differ. The CCC, Coulter opines, is “a conservative group” that has unfairly been branded as racist “because some of the directors of the CCC had, decades earlier, been leaders of a segregationist group.”…
Coulter could hardly be more wrong…. The CCC’s columnists have written that black people are “a retrograde species of humanity,” and that non-white immigration is turning the U.S. population into a “slimy brown mass of glop.” Its website has run photographic comparisons of pop singer Michael Jackson and a chimpanzee. It opposes “forced integration” and decries racial intermarriage. It has lambasted black people as “genetically inferior,” complained about “Jewish power brokers,” called gay people “perverted sodomites,” and even named the late Lester Maddox, the baseball bat-wielding, arch-segregationist former governor of Georgia, “Patriot of the Century.”
Potok explains that Coulter “really ought to know” this, since “the organization where she frequently speaks, the Conservative Political Action Committee, has publicly banned the CCC from its annual gathering because it is racist.”
Read how, crank though she may be, Ann Coulter is one of a class of media figures that facilitates the spread of such hate into much larger venues–see the FAIR magazine Extra!: “Academic Racists Make Mainstream Inroads: From National Review to the New York Times” (3-4/05) by Steve Rendall.
For more on the Council of Conservative Citizens, see FAIR Press Release: “National Media Should Cover Racist Links of Prominent Elected Officials Like Rep. Bob Barr and Sen. Trent Lott” (12/11/98)