Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Joshua Cartwright - Florida Extremist Driven to Murder by Hate
A revealing psychological barometer of the depth of racial hatred amongst some Americans can be gauged by the violent reactions some people have had to Barack Obama's election as the 44th President.
The Southern Poverty Law Center's Hatewatch e-newsletter recently reported that a Florida National Guard member (pictured left) killed two Okaloosa, Fl Sheriff's deputies in a shootout at a gun club because, according to his girlfriend, he was "severely disturbed that Barack Obama had been elected president."
Deputies Warren “Skip” York and Burt Lopez were gunned down by Joshua Cartwright after they attempted to arrest him on domestic violence charges; both men were 45 year-old fathers.
Hatewatch reports that at least 25 law enforcement personnel have been killed by members of white supremacist hate groups in the 14 years since the Oklahoma City bombings that killed 168 people - most recently in Pittsburgh in April when officers Paul Sciullo III, 37, Stephen Mayhle, 29, and Eric Kelly, 41 responded to calls for assistance at the residence of Richard Poplawski, an extremist responsible for posting numerous racist and anti-Semitic messages on the Stormfront Website.
Honestly, what does it take for the government to crack down on the violence against innocent people by right-wing extremists? This is outrageous that this is happening in our nation in 2009.
If you watched the horrifying documentary "Torturing Democracy" on channel thirteen last night which examined the torture of detainees in Abu Gharib and Guantanamo by US troops, you can understand why many Americans despise George Bush (and his cohorts Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld) but no one thinks he should be killed because of what he did or failed to do as President.
Yet, many right-wing racists despise President Obama enough that they feel inspired to kill innocent people. There's something far more disturbing going in the minds of those consumed by hatred, something sad that pollutes out collective culturegeist and represents a void of spirituality and respect for life.
It's not a part of the society that I envision for this nation and the world.