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Gordon Lee Baum, national CEO of the Council of Conservative Citizens, was interviewed by two reporters from Asahi Shimbun, one of the largest newspapers in Japan. The reporters came to St. Louis to interview Mr. Baum regarding the U.S. presidential election. The daily newspaper has a circulation of eight million readers, and the article appeared on the front page of the November 7th edition.

Following is a translation, from Japanese to English, and review of the article, courtesy of Jared Taylor.

The article had the headline: “Rev. King’s Dream is Now.”

It is about the tears of joy with which blacks greeted the election of a black president, and gives some of the highlights of the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

There were several continuation articles. The headlines were: “Young People Break Down Barriers of Race: ‘I haven’t suffered racial prejudice.’ ” (This is about young people saying they don’t pay attention to race and get along fine.)
“The Experiment in Democracy Continues: Black politicians say this is ‘only the beginning.’ ” (This tells us there are 640 black mayors in the US and quotes black politicians as saying that this is just one step in the right direction.”

Third continuation article had this headline: “White Society Shaken by Changes: US poll: 30 percent ‘have prejudices.’ ” (This one mentions the CofCC and a full translation follows):

“However, there are some whites who are ‘afraid’ because of the arrival of a black president.
The’ Council of Conservative Citizens’ claims to defend the rights of whites and strongly opposes preferences for blacks and other non-whites in employment and college admissions. It has chapters in 28 states but does not release its membership figures.

“This group’s membership is said to have grown rapidly since Mr. Obama became a candidate. Spokesman for the group, Gordon Lee Baum, 68, says it is getting close to 1,000 inquiries a week. ‘All we want is to have pride as whites and protect our rights,’ he says. ‘Whites are criticized as the only people guilty of racism, but white working-class people are the real victims of discrimination.’ ”

In today’s America it is rare for naked racism to float to the surface. However, there is an unspoken consciousness of race that runs below the surface. In June, when Mr. Obama secured the Democratic Party nomination, the Washington Post conducted a poll that confirmed that 30 percent of Americans have some kind of racial prejudice.

There are forces that unite and forces that divide, and that may be the fate of a multi-racial nation. According to exit polls, 95 percent of black voters pulled the lever for Mr. Obama while whites voted 55 percent for Mr. McCain and 43 percent for Mr. Obama. However, in the 2004 election Mr. Kerry did worse than Mr. Obama, getting only 41 percent of the white vote. What really swayed this election was the worsening financial crisis and opposition to the Bush administration. No one knows how much “racial consciousness” was included in the intentions of any given voter.”

(Jared Taylor is an expert on the Japanese language and culture. He is editor of American Renaissance magazine.)