Two ignorant crackers got themselves arrested today after planning to assassinate Barack Obama.
Law enforcement agents have broken up a plot by two neo-Nazi skinheads to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 88 black people, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives said Monday.
Frankly, I’m surprised we haven’t seen more of this by now. I grew up in Texas, in a predominantly black neighborhood. Seriously, there were three white kids in my high school, one of the larger schools in Houston. Until I was ten or so, I thought I was just a really pale brother. But even so, I ran into enough bigoted rednecks to understand that the irrational roots of racism run deep in the south. It was only 40 years ago that the federal government had to intervene to guarantee the right of registration and voting to African Americans (which still doesn’t work that well, see Florida 2000, Ohio 2004).
There are still a lot of ignorant white people in the south who just can’t accept the idea of a black president of the United States. It is literally alien to their entire worldview. I think one of the few things the Republican party has done right this election cycle is keeping these wingnuts out of the news, sweeping real domestic terrorists like the Klu Klux Klan under the rug until the election is over. But those idiots are still down there, and they’ll still be there after November 4th. What do we do about them then?