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Council of Conservative Citizens Rally at SPLC Office
May 9, 2014
We respect the First Amendment rights of these organizations to speak their minds
– even if they don’t respect the constitutional rights of millions of Americans who
don’t look like them or believe what they believe.
In fact, we’re glad they speak publicly, because it reveals who they really are:
unrepentant racists and bigots.
They’re here today to protest our case seeking justice for a gay man. His name is
Paul Hard. He was married in Massachusetts in 2011, and his husband, David, was
killed in a car wreck in Prattville just three months later. In his will, David left
everything to Paul, just like most spouses do. But because Alabama refuses to
recognize Paul and David’s marriage, Paul won’t be allowed to collect his share of
damages from a pending wrongful death suit.
Let me tell you a little about the groups here today.
The League of the South is an organization whose main objective, as stated clearly
on its website, is to promote the second secession of Southern states from the
United States. Let’s take a look at the words of Michael Hill, the group’s president.
He wrote an essay two years ago that says:
- White people are “endowed with a God-ordained superiority.”
- Freeing the slaves was “a disaster for whites and blacks alike.”
- Black people “have never created anything approximating a civilization.”
- It’s a “monumental lie” that all men are created equal.
He’s a man who believes slavery is biblically ordained, and that the Southern states
should be a separate country ruled by white people.
I could go on. But let’s turn to the Council of Conservative Citizens.
This group was formed from the remnants of the old White Citizens Councils, the
white supremacist groups that sprang up in the 1950s and 1960s to fight school
desegregation in the South.
On its website, it has published pictures comparing Michael Jackson to an ape and
referred to black people as a “retrograde species of humanity.” It’s a group that
once named former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox, a white supremacist who
wielded an ax to keep black people out of his restaurant, its “Patriot of the
So yes, let these groups speak freely. We’re confident that the vast majority of
Americans will reject their vile message.