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article imageOp-Ed: KKK threatens Obama with 'race war'

By Paul Wallis     Nov 6, 2008 in Politics
Nothing like a representative expression of community sentiment, right at this moment. The KKK, founded after the Civil War, is obviously still fighting it. After the biggest possible expression of America’s mood in 2008, 1860 has dropped in.
As the The Daily Telegraph reports: "Just hours after his victory, the term 'Obama assassination' appeared on the top 100 Google search terms. In a video shot before the outcome of the election was known, the national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Thomas Robb, predicted 'there may be a backlash' if Senator Obama won the presidential race."
Furthermore, white supremacists declared "We are in a race war" in a lengthy rant on the Klan's website. They "welcomed" Obama's election because "it could mean an awakening of our spirit and blood.
President-elect Obama has publicly said racial hatred toward him is "not something that I'm spending time thinking about day to day." However, his wife Michelle has expressed concern over threats facing their family, and Obama's relatives have seen family outings cut out, and his daughters are being given protection on their way to and from school.
Threats to Assassinate Barack Obama
Large photo: Picture of arrested neo-nazis Daniel Cowart, posted on MySpace. Inset photo: Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tennessee and Paul Schlesselman, 18, of West Helena, Arkansas were charged in a federal complaint with the illegal possession of a sawed off shotgun, conspiracy to rob a federal firearms licensee, and making threats to assassinate Barack Obama.
Photo: Crockett County Sheriff's Department/Handout
Let’s get this into perspective. McCain praised Obama. Bush praised Obama. The country voted for Obama. Any questions?
The Net is of course contributing:
As well as the KKK reaction, "Impeach Barack Obama" Facebook groups have already surfaced on the internet, with one attracting more than 700 members.
In one day? Are these guys so far gone in denial?
Nobody’s ever accused the extreme right, (or left, for that matter), of sanity, but in 24 hours, we have a group of people who apparently don’t even know what the word “impeach” means, operational?
Suggestion, folks.
Democracy has just proved what it can do. The biggest turnout in U.S. electoral history is going to be hard to argue with. I doubt if it's in any mood to be argued with, either.
Those days of anything and everything being fact because they’re on some political side or another are gone. They’re not coming back. That world is gone.
So is 1860.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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