News 4 Investigates: Gordon Baum - KMOV.com

News 4 Investigates: Gordon Baum

Gordon Baum is an angry white man.

The 68-year old retired attorney says he's sick and tired of whites being blamed for the problems experienced by some minorities.

"It's not our fault," Baum told me several times during an interview at his St. Charles home.

Baum, who says he's blind in one eye and half-blind in the other, is hardly an imposing figure as he walks gingerly around his home. But the Anti-Defamation League considers his organization, the Council of Conservative Citizens, a Hate Group.

The C of CC website repeatedly points out the criminal behavior of blacks, especially if they commit crimes against whites. The website often refers to African-American suspects as "black thugs."

Baum helped found the C of CC in 1985. This federal 990 tax form provides a closer look at the organization, its structure and minimal financial resources.

In the early 60s, Baum joined the White Citizens Council. Baum told me the group pushed racial segregation and white-only schools.

The White Citizen's Council used pictures of African-American men kissing Caucasion women in an attempt to scare prejudiced whites into joining the organization.

In recent years, there have been many stories about the political connections of Baum's organization. Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, among many other influential politicians, spoke at C of CC meetings.

Then, there's the C of CC's relationship with former Virginia Governor George Allen. Here's a link to a story in "The Nation."

So, what does Gordon Baum think about our series "A Shared St. Louis?"

He thinks it's a joke.

"We've shared enough," he told me.

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