Dobbs and his new friends
The map of Aztlan comes from the racist
Council of Conservative Citizens
It seems Lou Dobbs went on a Mexican-bashing fest today, using, incredibly, a map from a racist organization to illustrate his point.
Who is the CCC?
The ADL describes the CCC
The St. Louis-based Council of Conservative Citizens traces its roots directly to the racist, anti-integrationist White Citizens' Councils of the 1950s and 1960s.
wanted poster for Abraham Lincoln
CCC's online "wanted" poster of Abraham Lincoln
Its current leader, attorney Gordon Lee Baum, was an organizer for the WCC and built the Council of Conservative Citizens in part from the old group's mailing lists. Like its predecessor, the CCC inflames fears and resentments, particularly among Southern whites, with regard to black-on-white crime, nonwhite immigration, attacks on the Confederate flag and other issues related to "traditional" Southern culture. Although the group claims not to be racist, its leaders traffic with other white supremacist groups and its publications, Web sites and meetings all promote the purportedly innate superiority of whites. Despite its record, the CCC has been successful in drawing southern politicians to its events: the 1998 revelation that then Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott had been a frequent speaker before the group drew substantial media attention. Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, Mississippi state senators and several state representatives have appeared in recent years.
Bigotry as Politics
Considerably more polished than traditional extremist groups, the Council of Conservative Citizens propounds its bigotry in the guise of hot-button conservative advocacy. Striking hard-right positions on such contentious issues as immigration, gun control and affirmative action, the organization has insinuated itself into the mainstream successfully enough to attract a number of prominent conservative politicians to its gatherings. However, an examination of the origins, membership and publications of the CCC suggests that it remains, despite its assertions to the contrary, squarely within Southern racist traditions. While not every CCC chapter may be equally extreme, all are founded on anti-minority bigotry.
By appealing to widespread resentments and successfully attracting prominent conservatives, the Council of Conservative Citizens has been able to recruit numbers of relatively moderate individuals into an organization that maintains strong connections with extremists. Its record demonstrates that CCC has not tried to break away from its racist antecedents. Instead, it has adopted not only its predecessor's racial attitudes but also its strategies, deriving from them the tools to advance a racist agenda from the grassroots to the senior levels of American government.
Now you would think an openly racist organization wouldn't have anything used by CNN or any other news organ.
Let's start with Casey Wian's report
CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This Mexican military incursion was fully authorized. A Mexican air force jet carrying President Vicente Fox was not just invited to Utah, but encouraged to visit by Governor Huntsman.
PRES. VICENTE FOX, MEXICO: We fully support the businessmen from Utah and Mexico.
WIAN: Last year, Huntsman traveled to Mexico, hoping to discuss business opportunities with President Fox, who is more interested in so-called immigration reform. Huntsman promised to promote a guest worker program and eventually help convince the Western Governors Association to support the idea. Now Fox is repaying Utah's governor and visiting a state with a growing reputation as an illegal alien sanctuary.
Last year, Utah approved a law granting driver's licenses to illegal aliens. They also received reduced in-state tuition rates at state colleges. And the governor wants to hire Mexican teachers to teach English to immigrants in Utah schools. Open borders advocates want even more.
TONY YAPIAS, PROYECTO LATINO DE UTAH: I hope we can strengthen those ties, we can strengthen the -- our cultural education and business relationships in Mexico.
WIAN: Utah's dominant religion, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, teaches that a lost tribe of Israelites are the ancestors of indigenous people in Latin America. Mormons have converted a million Mexicans to their faith, and many welcome them to Utah with no regard for legal status.
Utah's minutemen plan to protest Fox's presence in their state.
ALEX SEGURA, UTAH MINUTEMAN PROJECT: It seems the only thing he does is continue to push people towards America to help offset the costs of these people in his country. And he hasn't really come up with an economic plan in Mexico to help alleviate those very problems.
WIAN: It's estimated Utah has about 100,000 illegal aliens, and the number is growing rapidly. Utah is also a part of the territory some militant Latino activists refer to as Aztlan, the portion of the southwest United States they claim rightfully belongs to Mexico.
WIAN: You could call this the Vicente Fox Aztlan tour, since the three states he'll visit, Utah, Washington, and California, are all part of some radical group's vision of the mythical indigenous homeland -- Lou.
What radical Mexicans? People chide Crazy Nancy for saying much more factually based things. I mean the tag line is um, problematic.
But it gets better.
LIONEL: Right, they're effete, they're feckless, they're impuissant. They are spineless, they don't know what to do. They realized that they had to do something. The Republicans are scared out of their mind. Their main leader, G.W., has absolutely abandoned them.
I don't know what the American people have to realize what this president is not about. First of all, he hit his own core with Dubai Ports World. Remember that one? Still trying to figure that one out. And this is a war about semantics. We're not about guest worker, we're not for amnesty. We're about -- it's a mess.
And the problem is you've got maybe 20 million, and let's face it, Lou, I know people talk about the Irish immigrants, but this is a Mexican thing, all right? And I have a very simple solution in New York. If you want to arrest an illegal alien, order a pizza. When they show up, arrest them, because they are all over here.
DOBBS: Mark, your thoughts?
MARK SIMONE, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: Well, I mean, this is no way to debate. You can't disagree with anybody on this.
Here are the video clips
"order a pizza" vid
Jesus, what is Dobbs going to do next, stand on the border with a rifle? You could NEVER talk about Jews or blacks like that on CNN and keep your job. Here, you have Dobbs with some halfwits trading racially demeaning sterotypes like they're funny.
When is Jon Klein gonna step in and stop this shit. Dobbs has a right to have an editorial viewpoint, but does that include racist comments and the use of materials from a racist organization?
And Wian's report? What the fuck was that? If he's gonna claim Atzlan is real, he needs to talk to a proponent of the idea. Otherwise, it's on par with claiming black men have an organized plan to rape white women. A nasty bit of fiction.
When people say this isn't about race, someone on CNN opens their mouth and disproves this.
posted by Steve @ 12:04:00 AM