Beyond Macaca: The Photograph That Haunts George Allen
Only a decade ago, as governor of Virginia, Allen personally initiated an association with the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), the successor organization to the segregationist White Citizens Council and among the largest white supremacist groups.
In 1996, when Governor Allen entered the Washington Hilton Hotel to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative movement organizations, he strode to a booth at the entrance of the exhibition hall festooned with two large Confederate flags--a booth operated by the CCC, at the time a co-sponsor of CPAC. After speaking with CCC founder and former White Citizens Council organizer Gordon Lee Baum and two of his cohorts, Allen suggested that they pose for a photograph with then-National Rifle Association spokesman and actor Charlton Heston. The photo appeared in the Summer 1996 issue of the CCC's newsletter, the Citizens Informer.
According to Baum, Allen had not naively stumbled into a chance meeting with unfamiliar people. He knew exactly who and what the CCC was about and, from Baum's point of view, was engaged in a straightforward political transaction. "It helped us as much as it helped him," Baum told me. "We got our bona fides." And so did Allen.
So, when George Allan used the term "Macaca" to single out S.R. Sidarth as a "Macaca" or monkey, Allan was speaking directly to his base. "Welcome to Virginia and the Real World." It's surprising that he didn't have his thumb tucked in his waistband with three fingers extended to make a K. That's Klan gang sign, by the by.
Oh, here's the Conservative Citizen's Council's "Statement of Principles," which we can now assume George embraces.
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.
Take another look at those products of multi-generational inbreeding above. Can you imagine a better illustration of the price of a shallow gene pool?
But make no mistake; Allen has a long history of pandering to these people, whether or not he actually is a racist himself. Why? It's politics at it's cheapest; so long as makes sure black ambitions are frustrated and he opposes symbolic recognitions of non-white contributions, he doesn't need to make positive promises to his constituancy. They woun't be pestering him about minimum wage issues, or tax relief or better schools - just so long as black folk want those things, they are against them on principle.
Stupid and self-defeating? Of course. They are racists; that's part of the package.
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