Huffington Post: Hall of Shame: The Most Hate-Filled Flyers of the 2008 Campaign

Huffington Post (10/30/08)

Hall of Shame: The Most Hate-Filled Flyers of the 2008 Campaign

The 2008 election has been marked in recent months by an endless round of negative ads and robo-calls attacking Barack Obama’s patriotism, honesty, integrity, faith, experience.

Watch a slideshow of the most hate-filled flyers and mailers in the 2008 campaign:

The negative personal attacks of the current campaign stands out, compared to dirty tricks used in recent elections like the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads in 2004 and the rumors spread about John McCain’s adopted daughter in 2000, because they’re being voiced by the Republican candidate and his running mate, rather than their surrogates or sympathetic groups.

Racism Review: White Supremacists Favor Obama over McCain? A Weird Election?

Racism Review

White Supremacists Favor Obama over McCain? A Weird Election?

The world of U.S. racism and U.S. politics has its very weird aspects.Esquire magazine reports on their recent interviews with several leaders of white supremacist groups.
Here is the infamous Tom Metzger, director of the White Aryan Resistance:

The corporations are running things now, so it’s not going to make much difference who’s in there, but McCain would be much worse. He’s a warmonger. He’s a scary, scary person–more dangerous than Bush. Obama, according to his book, Dreams Of My Father, is a racist and I have no problem with black racists. I’ve got the quote right here: ‘I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s white race.’ The problem with Obama is he’s being dishonest about his racial views. I’d respect him if he’d just come out and say, ‘Yeah, I’m a black racist.’ I don’t hate black people. I just think it’s in the best interest of the races to be separated as much as possible. See, I’m a leftist. I’m not a rightist. I hate the transnational corporations far more than any black person.

So, a white-racist thinker hates transnational firms more than an African American Senator or President, but must portray him as a “black racist” in order to come to his view. This seems pretty schizophrenic, if typical of much white supremacist thinking. Then the Esquire story quotes the head of the Imperial Klans and a few other white supremacist leaders who offer mixed reviews of the campaign. A couple seem glad that Obama is about to be elected, as in their view that will fuel the white supremacist movement and move whites into their organizations.

I was interviewed by a Canadian reporter this morning, who had talked with David Duke, former Klan leader and Louisiana state representative, and Duke told him he thought half of all whites would be upset that Obama is elected and thus move toward the white supremacist camp.

And the media are doing stories about the “end of racism” and on “no racial effects” in this campaign? Really?

What do you think?

Esquire: Why White Supremacists Support Barack Obama

Esquire

Why White Supremacists Support Barack Obama

How do racists, anti-Semites and all-purpose hate-mongers view the possibility of America’s first black president? Not necessarily the way you think they would.

 

If recent polls are to be believed, white voters favor John McCain over Barack Obama by nearly ten percentage points, but the McCain and Obama camps probably haven’t factored in the following fact: In an informal Esquire survey, three out of four white supremacists prefer Obama, while McCain is the clear favorite among black nationalists. (Sure, our methodology suffered from an extraordinarily low sample size–limited to four white supremacists and one black nationalist–but just because it wouldn’t fly with Gallup doesn’t mean there ain’t a kernel of truth in there.) This is just one of many surprising views that emerged after we talked to extremists about this historic electoral showdown between a 46-year-old black man and a 71-year-old white man.

Tom Metzger

Who: Director, White Aryan Resistance

Likes: White people, karaoke, environmentalists

Dislikes: Race-mixing, Jews, the federal government, capitalism

Career Highlights: Was Grand Dragon of Ku Klux Klan in the 70s; won the Democratic primary during his bid for Congress in 1980; appeared on the episode of Geraldo Rivera’s show in 1988 when Rivera’s nose was broken in a brawl.

“The corporations are running things now, so it’s not going to make much difference who’s in there, but McCain would be much worse. He’s a warmonger. He’s a scary, scary person–more dangerous than Bush. Obama, according to his book, Dreams Of My Father, is a racist and I have no problem with black racists. I’ve got the quote right here: ‘I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s white race.’ The problem with Obama is he’s being dishonest about his racial views. I’d respect him if he’d just come out and say, ‘Yeah, I’m a black racist.’ I don’t hate black people. I just think it’s in the best interest of the races to be separated as much as possible. See, I’m a leftist. I’m not a rightist. I hate the transnational corporations far more than any black person.”

 

Media Matters: Cunningham on Obama Sr.: “That’s what black fathers do. They simply leave”

Media Matters

Cunningham on Obama Sr.: “That’s what black fathers do. They simply leave”

On the October 28 broadcast of his Cincinnati-based radio show, Bill Cunningham stated of Sen. Barack Obama’s childhood: “[I]magine at the age of 1 or 2 seeing your father for the last time. See, his father was a typical black father who, right after the birth, left the baby. That’s what black fathers do. They simply leave.”

Cunningham went on to say: “And so he was raised in that environment by a communist mother who hooks up with a guy named Barry Soetoro, who is a radical Muslim, and they quickly fly to Jakarta, Indonesia, which is where Barry Obama was raised as a little boy. And then he was rejected again by his mother at the age of 10 and sent to Honolulu. And that’s all fine, he had nothing to do with it, he was a victim. … But it’s who he is.” In fact, Obama’s stepfather was named Lolo Soetoro, and contrary to Cunningham’s claim that Soetoro was “a radical Muslim,”The New York Times has described him as “a nominal Muslim who hung prayer beads over his bed but enjoyed bacon, which Islam forbids,” and the Chicago Tribune described him as “much more of a free spirit than a devout Muslim.”

Talkers Magazine lists Cunningham among its “Heavy Hundred,” which it describes as the “100 most important radio talk show hosts in America.” Cunningham’s weekend show, Live on Sunday Night, it’s Bill Cunningham, is syndicated nationally by Premiere Radio Networks.

RaceWire: Prospect of Black President Incites White Supremacists

RaceWire

Prospect of Black President Incites White Supremacists

Earlier this week, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives broke up a plot by two neo-Nazi skinheads to assassinate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 102 black people in a Tennessee murder spree.

I’m not one to devote much attention to the most extreme racist elements of our society who fill the ranks of organized and overt white supremacist groups. I’d rather deprive them of the attention they seem to seek.

And, on the whole, the white wingnuts seem far less of a threat than the everyday unconscious racism that permeates our mainstream institutions and produces devastating disadvantages for people of color (along with untold privileges for whites). Trying to change the racial bias of deeply entrenched policies and institutions somehow seems a lot less futile than trying to convert a proud swastika-tattooed, white-hooded racist.

But Obama’s campaign has reinvigorated all kinds of racist elements in our society – from the privately biased to the publicly bigoted. Now, any wacko with a weapon has to be taken seriously because they’re just one gunshot away from making a name for themselves. As much as I’d like to ignore them, the reinvigorated white supremacist movement requires more scrutiny.

James Ridgeway, author of Blood in the Face: The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads and the Rise of a New White Culture, has an interesting post this week in a UK Guardian blog, entitled: Fourteen Words that spell racism: The prospect of an African-American president is bringing white supremacist subculture in the US out of the shadows.” Accompany the article is a short video, shown above, that features an interview with a white supremacist, Steven Boswell, Leader, Missouri Chapter National Socialist Movement.

Jack and Jill: Chris Matthews, Post Obama Infomercial

Jack and Jill

Chris Matthews, Post Obama Infomercial

This family has done everything you’ve asked them to do.
What more do you want before you’ll vote for a Black guy?
What more do you want?

Oh Tweety….sometimes, you speak the truth.

Politico: Ben Smith: Confederate battle flag, Obama yard sign

Politico: Ben Smith

Confederate battle flag, Obama yard sign

 

A house in Martinsville, Indiana, via my colleague Marty Kady.

Another reminder of how complicated this race stuff is.

 

Nashville Post Politics: Skinhead Sorry About Plot, Not About Racism

Nasheville Post Politics

Skinhead Sorry About Plot, Not About Racism

The family of one of the two skinheads accused of a plot against Barack Obama says the skins were just joshing:

Kayla Schlesselman said Tuesday at the family’s Arkansas home that she talked to her brother Paul and that “he’s sorry about everything he’s done.” He’s accused of hatching the plot with another teen in Tennessee.

She says her brother didn’t like their tiny community of Helena-West Helna because it was prominently black. She also says he believed he was the master race, and would say things like “white power” and “Heil Hitler.”

But the teen’s father, Mike, says he doesn’t believe his son would have carried out the plot and that it was “just a lot of talk.”

South Florida Daily Blog: The Race Card

South Florida Daily Blog

The Race Card

 

-via Dependable Renegade

Nashville Post Politics: Skinheads, Sarah Palin and Bill Hobbs

Nashville Post Politics

Skinheads, Sarah Palin and Bill Hobbs

From the Tennessee Republican Party:

The Tennessee Republican Party expresses its shock and outrage today at the alleged plot by two neo-Nazi skinheadsin Tennessee to go on a shooting spree targeting African-American high school students before attempting to kill presidential candidate Barack Obama.

“Hate is not a political party, policy statement, agenda or ideology – it is a pure evil that no place in civil society,” said Robin Smith, Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party. “Whether it is neo-Nazi skinheads plotting a racist shooting spree targeting Sen. Obama, or West Hollywood liberals hanging Gov. Sarah Palin in effigy and calling it ‘art,’ or unknown anarchists tossing bricks through the windows of a county Republican headquarters in Murfreesboro, Americans of all political views should be outraged.

“The American system provides for Americans to express their political passions on the campaign trail and at the ballot box, Violence, intimidation and threats poison the political process.”

UPDATE: Ben Smith thinks the TNGOP is stretching.