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Hate Watch: For the radical right, Obama victory brings fury and fear

Thursday, November 8, 2012

When the word came in Tuesday night that Barack Obama and the Democrats had won national elections in something close to a landslide, millions of Americans went to bed, satisfied that even if their candidate didn’t win, democracy had survived.

The lopsided results made it clear that this election had in no way been stolen.

But not so at Ole Miss, which last month marked the 50th anniversary of deadly segregationist riots.

Photo: WMC-TV via Twitter.

Shortly after midnight, several hundred mostly white students protested furiously, reportedly yelling anti-black racial slurs and throwing rocks at passing cars. An Obama/Biden campaign sign was burned before campus police broke up the crowd in Oxford. There were apparently no arrests or injuries.

The reaction to the re-election of our first black president from the radical right — and that seemed clearly to include some University of Mississippi students — ranged from sputtering rage and name-calling to calls for a new Southern secession, mass emigration to Europe, or even the break-up of the United States.

There was one thing large numbers seemed clearly to agree on: The changing racial demographics of our country, expected to lose its white majority by 2050, was key to the result.

“Welcome to a truly white minority world,” wrote one commenter on Stormfront, the world’s largest white supremacist Web forum, which is run by a former Alabama Klan leader. “The future is now. There is no denying this. The sun has set on humanity’s greatest era: 1500-2000. … The only way to survive this war of annihilation is separatism. … We have to choose regions or states.”

“We have truly fallen under God’s judgment,” wrote another. “You will never see another white man occupy the White House again.”

Responded a third: “If you can immigrate to Europe you start making plans. … America will become largely a non-white population that is poverty stricken and all those government programs will soon disappear. It will happen. No more Medicare and no more social security.”

The loss of a white majority in the United States has helped drive a truly explosive growth of the radical right in the last three years, and that now seems likely to accelerate.

Hate groups in recent years have risen to more than 1,000, and the number of anti-government “Patriot” groups has shot up from just 149 in 2008 to 1,274, according to research by the Southern Poverty Law Center. For months now, groups on the radical right have increasingly fretted about a possible Obama victory. Now that that has occurred, the radical right may grow more dangerous still.

On Stormfront, given this reality, it wasn’t surprising to find talk of violence in the wake of the election. “I live in a liberal area so many of my ‘friends’ are shouting for joy,” lamented one poster at the racist site. “I don’t actually have many real friends and the ones I do have are scared and talking about arming themselves.”

Over at the conspiracist website Infowars, some reactions weren’t that different.

“Now is the time to leave this country,” wrote a commenter using the name munglejonkeys. “[T]hey have brought about a communist takeover without firing a single shot. America will resemble Zimbabwe (economically) in a few years and there will be a huge shift in the welfare-dependent knob-slobs who thought that selling their souls for an Obama-phone was such a great deal. … All because white people didn’t oppose political correctness 35 years ago.”

Remarkably, similar sentiments seemed to crop up in what is taken as the political “mainstream.”

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, fearing an Obama victory, said last night: “The white establishment is now the minority. And the voters, many of them, feel that the economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff.” He added: “The demographics are changing. It’s not a traditional America any more.”

Donald Trump, the billionaire unrepentant “birther,” didn’t mention race. But he tweeted last night that the election was “a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!” He went on to characterize the Electoral College, which gave the race to Republican George W. Bush in 2000, as a “disaster for democracy.”

The anti-gay right reacted with fury, as well. In a long thread on the passage of same-sex marriage referenda at the anti-government site Free Republic, commenters were apoplectic — and frightened.

“Get ready for God’s wrath,” wrote one. “The people are choosing Satan’s finest.” “Fudgies win again,” wrote another. “Incidents of HIV [to] rise again.” And a third: “America is going to pay for its unbelief and its love of abortion and homosexuals. … And IT DESERVES IT.”

“SICK SICK SICK,” wrote still another. “What a filthy night this election is.”

In fact, as pointed out on CNN’s religion blog, the whole election was a “nightmare scenario” for conservative Christian leaders. Noting the approval of two same-sex marriage referenda, the re-election of a president who supported such marriages, and the rejection of hard-line anti-abortion candidates, CNN said the election results “seemed to mark a dramatic rejection of the Christian right’s agenda.”

“The historic nature of these results are hard to overstate,” Robert P. Jones, a pollster who specializes in politics and religion, told CNN regarding the referenda in Maine and Maryland. “Given the strong support of younger Americans for same-sex marriage, it’s unlikely this issue will reappear as a major national wedge issue.”

Non-Islamic domestic terrorism in the United States shot up in the wake of President Obama’s first election in 2008, spurred by fury over the “socialist” president and the racial change that he represents in the American population.

Now, given the reaction from the radical right to Tuesday night’s election results, that seems likely to continue — or to get even worse, as racists and right-wing radicals seethe.

Joseph Farah, who runs the conspiracist “news” site WorldNetDaily, sounded typical.

“I think things are going to get very tough in America over the next four years,” he said. “I expect more division, more stratification, maybe even the disintegration of the constitutional republic that was the envy of the world for so long. It’s time to hunker down. It’s time to prepare for the worst — economically, militarily, socially, culturally. The revolutionaries have won a major political victory. The America haters are running the country for another four years.

“That is not a pretty prospect.”

“OK, now we have all seen the writing on the wall, AGAIN!” wrote one person in a Stormfront post that seemed to capture the general feeling of helpless rage. “The question is, What are we going to do about it? What is our plan?”

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30 more reader comments:

  1. Expose them for who they are. Racist bigots. The Right Wing has become more and more dangerous as we have seen this year.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:55pm
  2. The Fucking South Sucks! Let’s get real…Mississippi continues to show how backwards it is….UGGH I cannot stand it down there

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:55pm
  3. stay safe everyone and remember to have hope, because we still outnumber them.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:56pm
  4. Sick minded racist fools.

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:01am
  5. We are winning the good fight but it is still dangerous out there, so just be careful and stay strong and proud.

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:04am
  6. I hope our Community realizes that the Haters don’t have to Physically harm you, as long as you are Afraid, they Win!!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:10am
  7. Why don’t they wake up and realize it is all staged? Whoever won is still a government puppet.

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:11am
  8. a 1% puppet.

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:22am
  9. Sadly the GOP and the tea party fed these groups!

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:23am
  10. I have never been racist or any type of judge even with religions. It’s sick to see that there are people like this. Gay, bi, straight, trans, etc, black, white, Hispanic, etc, we all have the same blood. I see no diffrence on a cover of a person. To bad a lot of people like them aren’t the same to see that.

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:49am
  11. ummm, yeah, niceof them to lump all anti-government types in with racists. most anarchists (proponents of a fully voluntarily based society) are left leaning if not outright left wing and even the right wing ones are almost ALWAYS against racism.

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:57am
  12. Unfortunately, these types will always exist, but hopefully, as civilization progresses, and enlightenment, science and reason replaces dogma, faith, and ignorance, these people will be moved farther and farther out to the margins of society.

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 1:27am
  13. They are losing power. They’ll try anything now

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 2:33am
  14. Yeah I agree with all of you, but this nation has a solid history of hate when foreigners are taking natives jobs, when some entity/nation attacks us; 9/11 or Pearl Harbor. America was founded on loving hatred, if so why did we have to fight for civil liberties rather than accepting people as human immediately.

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 3:34am
  15. They want to impose there beliefs and believe there is no other way to believe,alot of this stems from radical conservative christians and religious parties that think there godly and this is what god wants them to do because this is the way it should be and they think the can scare us back into the closet,they see us gaining ground in government and society and it pisses them off,what they dont get is that we have fought hard and we wont back down,but these are sick minded individuals and i ask all of u to be careful,we have to watch each others backs,we are a united community and cant be broken
    Peace family stay safe

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 3:50am
  16. This is so incredible! How can people be so full of so much hate!!??

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 5:22am
  17. “Oxford town, Oxford town, guns and clubs followed us down, all because our skin was brown, gotta get away from Oxford town.” BD <3 maria <3

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 5:48am
  18. these pseudo-patriots, teanderthals, neo-Nazis, make me absolutely sick.

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 5:53am
  19. Fuck the KKK and fuck all the bigot assholes!

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 6:57am
  20. These extremists are frightening. And obviously racist.

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 7:15am
  21. Just plain ignorance

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 7:31am
  22. Hate mongers

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 7:53am
  23. This is just plain sad…

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 8:02am
  24. I would be fine if they made good on their threats and left. This country would be much better without them!

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 8:07am
  25. Man, I just don’t understand why they think anything would change that much in four years. It’s kind of insane.
    When Bush was pres we just dealt with it and prayed/hoped we wouldn’t lose too many rights. We didn’t arm ourselves and threaten others.

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 8:11am
  26. The people that March here are mostly all men I think. Oxford is known to have rich dumbass people whos rich daddy’s paid there way to that school. Many people there go there to get a good education but a lot of them a rich, hateful, retartrd men. Like no sense of humanity or love all they see is their trust fund cut by obama love of actually taxing rich assholes. Sorry you can’t blow all your money of whore and drugs. If they loved America they wouldn’t mind the tax cut its to better ourselves everyone we are all one nation.

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 8:13am
  27. Mass immigration to Europe, no way! We don’t want them!

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 1:07pm
  28. Get on your knees and thank God that this is the minority!

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 1:11pm
  29. The words of the previously, self-appointed leader if the Ku Klux Klan rings in my twisted sense of humored mind, “Wake up white people” (said with a long southern drawl).
    Things are great on the plantation as long as the black folk are quietly working. As soon as they run off with Harriet Tubman, all is wrong in the world.
    I bet those rich white plantation owners predicted this God forsaken loss of white power 150 years ago when the south finally lost the war and the slaves were free. The prophecies back then finally came true and soon their bigot, hate-God will come riding in on his white horse to take his children home.
    After their Armageddon happens I hope we can finally live in peace here on earth, loving who we wish, not judging one another based on their color, gender, financial status, sexuality, or any other individual’s uniqueness.
    They see their loss, now they have to swallow the pill of burtthurt of backlash of 150 years preaching hatred. To those powerful white people I’m also reminded of the great line from the movie “Major Payne,” you can find sympathy in the dictionary between shit and syphilis!

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11:39am
  30. It is so disturbing to see hatred, prejudice, bigotry, violence and ignorance combine in such numbers. I doubt Europe wants any part of them either :(.

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 4:04pm