GOP calls on party official to resign from St. Louis-based 'pro-white' group -

GOP calls on party official to resign from St. Louis-based 'pro-white' group

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The head of the Arkansas GOP called for the resignation Tuesday of a county-level party official who has refused to cut his ties with a group that calls itself "pro-white."

Arkansas Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb said John Casteel hasn't given up his membership to the Council of Conservative Citizens, a St. Louis-based group that claims on its website to "oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind."

"As a result, I have asked him to resign as Jackson County Chairman," Webb said in a statement to The Associated Press. "If Mr. Casteel chooses not to resign, the matter will be referred to the state executive committee for resolution."

Casteel didn't respond to several messages seeking comment. Casteel's e-mail address had been listed as the contact for the Arkansas branch of the council's website until Monday, when the AP contacted the group about Casteel's involvement.

Webb called on Casteel to quit the group Monday, saying the group's principles run contrary to the GOP's.

The Council of Conservative Citizens declined to confirm whether Casteel was a member. The group grew out of organizations that battled school integration in the 1950s and 1960s.

"It's like asking people what church they go to," said Gordon Lee Baum, the group's CEO. "It's nobody's ... business."

He added: "We're not white supremacists, but we are pro-white."

On its website, the organization rails against immigration from non-European countries.

"We 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," the group asserts on its website.

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