America breathed a collective sigh of relief on news that two white supremacist skinheads were arrested in Tennessee over plans to go on a killing spree that would culminate in the assassination of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama. Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman met on the Internet about a month ago and had planned to decapitate 14 African Americans and otherwise kill another 88. The letter H is the eighth letter in the alphabet and “88″ is a greeting amongst racist Nazis that represents “Heil Hitler.” The 14 beheadings are a reference to the 14-word slogan: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children” coined by David Lane, founding member of The Order who died in jail recently while serving a 190 year sentence his involvement in the death of radio talk show host Alan Berg.
What’s really interesting in all of this, and so far, only reported by Reuters is that:
The men planned to wear white tuxedos and top hats during the assassination attempt, which would have involved driving as fast as they could toward Obama and shooting him from the windows of the car.
Huh?? OK so what do we have here. Two hot young guys from rural Tennessee, who met on the Internet and who planned on being killed together in a blaze of glory, while wearing white tuxedos and top hats. White tuxedos and top hats are usually worn at uh… weddings. That’s right. Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman were queer for each other. When you talk about a love that dare not speaketh it’s name – that goes double if you live in a rural part of a redneck state and all your friends are bad ass racists.
Surely pundits will posit the blame for this on societal racism, but clearly there’s another form of intolerance at play here. Had Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman been simply allowed to consummate their obvious love, had Tennessee been a tolerant state that allowed Gay Marriage, none of this would likely have happened. Instead, the nation is shocked and two young lovers will be separated by prison for years to come. See how intolerance breeds intolerance?
And the only retouching I did of Daniel Cowart’s MySpace pic above was to add the white top hat. And the flag. So? Gaydar going “ping! ping!” – am I right? Gay as the grass is green right? Not that there’s anything wrong with that…