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For the Radical Right, Obama Victory Brings Fury and Fear

The rise of the radical right will continue as will the rise in Islamophobic organizations (h/t: CriticalDragon):

For the Radical Right, Obama Victory Brings Fury and Fear

by Mark Potok (SPLC)

When the word came in last night that Barack Obama and the Democrats had won national elections in a decisive victory, millions of Americans went to bed, satisfied that even if their candidate didn’t win, democracy had survived. The results made it clear that this election had in no way been stolen.

But not so at Ole Miss, which last month marked the 50thanniversary of deadly segregationist riots. 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. … [T]he only way to survive this war of annihilation is separatism. … [W]e 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 antigovernment “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 antigovernment 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.”

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  • @Emperor

    You I thought of something earlier, but I forgot to write about it, until now.

    Mark Potok,
    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.”

    I remember Bridget Gabriel at one point during an interview with Glen Beck claiming that people wouldn’t let her speak and were trying to silence her in the name of political correctness. Turns out that Islamopnhobes and racist think in a manner that is very similar. Next time an anti Muslim bigot blames the fact that people don’t listen to them, or that they’re views aren’t given enough credence in the media, on political correctness, it might be a good idea to point out to them that racists and antisemites, and many other ideologists that they may not agree with, also make the exact same claim when it comes to their beliefs not being taken seriously by the mainstream press and academia.

  • @Sam Muhammad

    I don’t think I’ve ever even heard of Rabbi Boteach before.

  • sam muhammad

    Alan West…Joe Walsh..Rabbi Boteach….all heavily backed by islamaphobes….good riddance bi-yatches

  • Michael Elwood

    @Hard Core Atheist

    It’s hard to say because “race” is subjective and pseudo-scientific way of classifying humans.

  • Racism is a card played by both sides. It was during the primaries that Andrew Cuomo first used the racist expression “shuck and jive”; it was likewise Cuomo who warned against an “racial contract” between blacks and Hispanics that “can’t happen” (if people voted for his then rival, Carl McCall); it was Hillary Clinton who referred to “working Americans; white Americans” in her anti-Obama rhetoric, which also referred to the possibility of his assassination (by comparing him to RFK); etc. Obama’s campaign played Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” during campaign stops, and the misogyny of the lyrics (“99 problems, but a b**** ain’t one”) is left unremarked and unchallenged. There are no outlets for populist sentiment within the two-party system of American politics, and in this light, Obama’s rise was an allowed exception within the limits of tolerance that rule American society. We shouldn’t deceive ourselves, and think that racism belongs to just one side. It doesn’t. It is a function of the economics and politics of American culture, in and of itself.

  • Hard Core Atheist

    Just curious, I’ve seen it noted a few times on this site, but I’m pretty sure the US still has a white majority and I’ve read the US wont become minority-majority until around 2050, and further it wont be because of blacks or arabs, but from a major increase in hispanic-Americans, which is also supposed to increase the number of Catholics in the US, which the white facist will really hate lol

  • mjasghar

    I think we can see a lot of this change in parties as a result of the socialist theory
    Consider the old torys Whigs and liberals here in the uk – they don’t resemble their present incarnations
    With the expanding of the vote to other sectors (the non rich, the poor, and finally younger males and then females) parties made a choice
    They either defined themselves against or for social idealism
    Unfortunately loud voices in their new members often pushed them to more extremes
    Socialism is essentially about the idea that society need a structure and that infrastructure should be planned etc This concept appeals most to city dwellers who see that need for planning daily
    The Tories and eventually the republicans main fault is they have allowed themselves to be reactionary – they have no real plan and are more about tearing down then creating
    This doesn’t cut it with people especially in more media savvy electorates. We can see where deregulation gets us – fraud in the billions that destroys ordinary people and public projects that end up only lining the pockets of the rich and end up in charging for previously free services. That means we end up paying more for worse services as we fund via tax already and then have fees on top
    Looking at the state map the republicans did better in rural states with lower populations in the same way the Tory heartland is the rural areas here
    Unfortunately that means they look for the edge beyond their core vote by either lying (as Tories did about caring about the nhs) or going for the religious right who are also reactionary

  • Michael Elwood


    That’s interesting.


    “Why don’t the racists take any consolation in the fact that Mia Love lost?”

    They’re not happy she lost. That’s one less person they can point to as evidence of how “diverse” they are. There was a time when the Republican party really was diverse:

    Even a lot of American Muslims have historical ties to the Republican party. For example, Dave Chappelle’s mulatto great-great grandfather Robert J. Palmer, was a Republican legislator in South Carolina. And my mulatto great-great-great grandfather Richmond Moore, a Civil War vet, was also a Republican. Now, the only people left in the party are a bunch of crazies.

  • I actually have been warning especially Europeans for several years now: The Republican Party and the it’s overlord Tea Party DO NOT support American values and are highly dangerous to the American way of life. For one, this anti-American, fascist ilk does not regard Democrats as equal Americans.

    This is the same ilk that piss and moan about the Catholic Church and “attacks on it’s religious freedom” – yet the same people probably show up to “protest” the building of a mosque in their community!

  • Benager

    Why don’t the racists take any consolation in the fact that Mia Love lost? 😉

  • TheBig-T

    All I can think about while watch this rally is this

  • Nevermore

    The irony is that, by their own definition, this could very well be their last gasp when it comes to traditional, right wing supremacist groups. Rich classes tend to have less children. This has always been true. Poorer classes tend to have more, for various reasons. The latter lacks the knowledge of how to have safe sex or access to contraceptives plays a large role. White people, at least in the U.S., tend to not have many kids because they’ve been an affluent class for a long time (plus, how it’s easier to get condoms, birth control pills, etc.). And when your household is richer, who needs more kids? If you want them, they’re more like a luxury and if not, they’re an unnecessary burden.

    Yet I doubt much of anything will come of this. They’ll screech and moan at this loss of status (mostly because any population segments of minorities will also inevitably slow down too), but sooner or later, non-whites shall be holding many of the cards. Keyboard commandos are not much worth listening to to begin with.

    The human race is also inevitably, given our trends globalization, a nice mish-mash of ethnic and, at some point, will be homogenous with some slight degrees of differences even more so than now.

  • mjasghar

    Europe has similar mixed genetics – at the very least almost all are descended from genghis khan!
    Seriously the racial purity is more ideology than fact – only isolated Iceland and some of the Scandinavian maybe. The Germanic and francs definitely have Mediterranean blood and most likely middle eastern blood – even the blond blue eyes mayor of London has a Turkish grandparent or is it great grand ?
    As for the uk it’s a fact that Anglo Indians who came to England went down the pass for white path cf alistair McGowan who had been told his swarthy looks were welsh ( tbh there is some similarity and many Pashtuns are close to aryan type) plus 100s years colonial immigration and inter race relationships. The 2nd gen often grew up without fathers (was mostly foreign fathers as unlikely lone female come to uk) and to avoid prejudice tried to pass. Finally the ports often had more open attitudes to mixing – Liverpool has large mixed black population

  • Michael Elwood

    Why are these fools surprised that our president would come from the fastest growing demographic in America. . . “mixed race”?

    According to some scholars, this is not a recent development. Our country has been “mixed” for a long time. In his book “Legal History of the Color Line”, Frank W. Sweet writes:

    “One-Third of White Americans Have Recent Black Admixture. Every Year, 35,000 Black-Born Youngsters Redefine Themselves as White. Genealogists were the first to learn that America’s color line leaks. Black researchers often find White ancestry. White genealogists routinely uncover Black ancestry. Molecular anthropologists now confirm Afro-European mixing in our DNA. The plain fact is that few Americans can truly say that they are genetically unmixed. Yet liberals and conservatives alike agree that so-called Whites and Blacks are distinct political ‘races.’ When did ideology triumph over reality? How did America paint itself into such a strange corner? Americans changed their concept of ‘race’ many times. Eston Hemings, Jefferson’s son, was socially accepted as a White Virginian because he looked European. Biracial planters in antebellum South Carolina assimilated into White society because they were rich. Intermarried couples were acquitted despite the laws because some courts ruled that anyone one with less than one-fourth African ancestry was White, while others ruled that Italians were Colored. Dozens of nineteenth-century American families struggled to come to grips with notions of ‘racial’ identity as the color line shifted and hardened into its present form.”

    For an interesting history of “race” on the US Census by the same author, see the following link:

    Isn’t Bill O’Reilly pissing ‘n’ moaning about the changing demographics of America a couple of centuries too late? And for those who think they can move to Europe to escape these changes, at least in the UK, “mixed race” is the fastest growing demographic there too:

    My suggestion to these people is to build a bridge. . . AND GET OVER IT!

  • George Carty


    Indeed, Einsatzgruppe C’s leader Otto Rasch had two PhDs (one in law, the other in political science), so he was often know as “Dr Dr Rasch”.

  • mjasghar

    Mindy a little knowledge can be dangerous
    University students can often be the worst racists and the most difficult to talk to because they grab onto statistic twisting and pseudo science. They often use anecdotal evidence as proof with no idea of bias etc. especially in the US where education is often rote learning and less about critical analysis and HOW to think. Why do you think there is so much fuss about state textbooks? We never get that stuff in the uk
    I don’t like using the old trope but the SS ersatzgruppen who were responsible for most of the holocaust were often lead by people with degrees, or even university professors
    Also there is that German group that does unannounced torch marches and has said they are concentrating on recruiting university students who can decide policy

  • @Emperor

    I hope the radical right and Islamophobia won’t continue to rise too much longer. I hope the trend reverses itself soon.

  • mindy!

    One black guys wins and it’s the end of the world for these people?!?!?!?! And I don’t get the “god’s anger” lines, would god make black people if he truly hated them?? Also, what about the fact that DNA evidence shows that the human species started in Africa, and that 99 percent of DNA is the same?? The fact that university students participated in something like this makes me wonder how they even got into school?? 😛

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