Hate Groups On The Rise – KKK ‘Grand Wizard’ Predicts ‘Race War’ If Obama Reelected

Organized racist hate groups are stepping up their rhetoric at the the prospect of Barack Obama’s reelection in the 2012 Presidential race. It is bad enough that we still have plenty of individual racism in America —or even incendiary racist talk of the usual “dog-whistle” politics employed by the Romney Campaign and his surrogates (John Sununu, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, etc.)—but now, organized white supremacist groups are upping the ante on racial hatred, even predicting racial violence.

Released this morning, a chilling article from MSN.com by Keli Goff of The Root, lays bare the mindset of various racist and white supremacist groups, such as The Council of Conservative Citizens, which evolved from the segregationist White Citizens Council. As reported in the article:

Founded by Gordon Baum in 1985, the CCC is considered by many to be the ideological heir apparent to the White Citizens Council, a group that became notorious at the height of the civil rights movement for being the upper-class alternative to the Ku Klux Klan. Instead of burning crosses on lawns, the White Citizens Council employed tactics such as printing the names of NAACP members in newspapers, as well as paying the legal bills for Byron De La Beckwith, who assassinated NAACP worker Medgar Evers.

It is becoming more and more apparent that in the concluding hours of a rancorous political campaign—with the expected close election tomorrow—that racism is becoming more overt in the mainstream of America, as these hate groups express fear and outrage that the country may actually reelect its first African-American president. And these people don’t all live in the dark shadows of the historically violent, bigoted, southern institutions such as the Ku Klux Klan. We are now seeing voter disenfranchisement directed at Black and Hispanic voters on a scale unseen since the days of Jim Crow laws (list by state), overturned by the desegregation laws of the 1950s and ’60s, such as Brown v. Board of Education (1954), Civil Rights Act (1964), and Voting Rights Act (1965).

Despite the claim that we are living in a post-racial nation as evinced by the election of Barack Obama, racism is still with us and even more insidious in its application by right-wing elected officials such as Florida Governor Rick Scott and Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, who have both tried to restrict access to the polls through exercise of their office and through the courts – not to expand the franchise, but to keep minorities from voting! Such is the fear among right wingers as the demographic shift in America trends—more and more—toward a nation where Whites will no longer represent a majority of the population…or of the electorate.

Meanwhile, as reported by respected Civil Rights organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center, hate groups are on the rise; there has been an increase from 600 such groups in 2000 to over 1,000 today. As noted:

The Southern Poverty Law Center has also observed that violent rhetoric spurred by Obama’s potential re-election has become more common among what are referred to as “Patriot” hate groups. These groups hate the black president, fear his re-election but also have strong antigovernment feelings. “They’re looking at four more years under a very hated black president — hated by them.

So, we’re seeing signs of real anger over that. People saying we’re at war already, saying go out and buy AK-47s and hollow-point bullets, get tools to derail trains,” Mark Potok told the Raw Story earlier this year. These developments raise the disturbing possibility that while hate groups appear to be doing less this election cycle, they could actually be preparing to do more should the president be re-elected.

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice has dispatched nearly 800 attorneys to monitor the polls in an effort to ensure a fair election. But now there is rising concern over what may happen in America after the election if President Obama is returned to office for four more years. As reported by Keli Goff:

In a recent TV segment for Nightline, Steven Howard, a grand wizard for the Ku Klux Klan, attempted to rev up his fellow Klansmen by chanting, “Barack Obama does not care about us, he does not care about America.” He later said, matter-of-factly, that if President Obama is re-elected there will be a race war, and white Americans will be in danger of being placed in concentration camps.

It is ever more clear from articles like this, and from what we are seeing in places like Florida – where early voting days and hours were cut back by Governor Rick Scott, creating the most onerous obstacles to  force minority voters to brave six, seven, and eight-hour lines to vote – fear and racism are still with us and dying hard in America.

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