Over the past few days, the Southern Poverty Law Center has been requested for their assistance by law enforcement agencies for their expertise on hate groups. With a black man running for the highest office of the land, the forces of racist hate have been coming out like pus from a ruptured running sore. Because of their history of compiling documentation and reports on hate groups across America, the SPLC is the vanguard of fighting against neo-Nazi, skinhead, WS groups.

Here is an excerpt of a report from the SPLC website on one of the accused skinheads who is involved in the racist group Supreme White Alliance (SWA), a newly-formed group headed by Steven Edwards:


by Mark Potok on October 28, 2008

SWA Ning pageDaniel Cowart, one of the two men arrested Friday in an alleged plot to assassinate Barack Obama and murder more than 100 people, was a member of a racist skinhead group formed earlier this year. The group, the Supreme White Alliance (SWA), posted a note after the arrests saying that a “probate” member ― clearly Cowart, although the site didn’t mention his name ― had been booted out some time ago.
SWA Ning pageCowart, in fact, is described as “member #3” of the SWA on the group’s Ning site (Ning is a social networking site), meaning he was the third to sign up for an account on that site. In “Daniel Cowart’s Supreme White Alliance page,” Cowart describes himself as “easy going and easy to get along with, as long as you are White!” In addition, a photo obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center shows Cowart at a birthday party held for Adolf Hitler last April along with others linked to the SWA. The group is displaying a birthday cake marked with its SWA acronym.
SWA cake
It’s not clear if Cowart’s alleged partner, Paul Schlesselman, was a member or associate of the group. The SWA posting suggests that he is not.
The two men were arrested after federal agents uncovered what they described as a plot to go on a multi-state “killing spree.” In an affidavit, the ATF said that the two, both of whom it described as holding “strong” white supremacist beliefs, had met via the Internet in late September. They later got together and allegedly decided to kill 88 people, followed by beheading another 14 African Americans. (The numbers are neo-Nazi codes representing white supremacist slogans.) Officials said they also intended to target a predominantly black high school, a gun store, and individuals who they planned to rob to raise money.
The final act, according to the affidavit, was to come when both men dressed in white tuxedoes and top hats and attempted to shoot Obama as they drove toward him while shooting through the windows, agents said. Both men fully expected to die in their final attack.
The SWA Ning site also carries a page showing “Daniel’s Friends,” belonging to Daniel Cowart, that lists as a friend Steven Edwards (posting as “Stevenfuckit08″), the current president of SWA. Edwards is the son of Ron Edwards, who is the imperial wizard, or national leader, of the Imperial Klans of America (IKA), based in Kentucky. The Southern Poverty Law Center is currently involved in civil litigation with Ron Edwards and the IKA over the beating of a teenage boy in 2006. The case is scheduled for trial on Nov. 12.

Edwards was also profiled in ABC’s Nightline last night:



by Brian Ross, Avni Patel, Vic Walter, Anna Schecter and Megan Chuchmach
The prospect of a Black president has America’s bastions of hate in an uproar. Leaders, including the wizard of the Imperial Klans of America, Ron Edwards, have long warned the white race is under attack and must be defended. Federal authorities say web sites have featured ugly calls to target Senator Barack Obama.
And twice now since August, two sets of self-proclaimed neo-Nazi skinheads have been caught in what officials say were feeble but still troubling plots to assassinate Obama.
“If Obama is elected president, these people see the world as they know it to end,” said Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
In the most recent case, federal agents say two men, Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman, planned to go on a killing spree against more than a hundred African Americans and then, they told the Secret Service, go out in a blaze of glory, dressed in white tuxedos and top hats during the assassination attempt. Cowart is described as the leader.
“His views are strongly Neo-Nazi,” said Dees, “which explains why he wants to kill black people and why he’s ultimately interested in the assassination of Sen. Obama.”
Cowart and Schlesselman told the Secret Service they met using the website of a new hate group, the Supreme White Alliance, a next generation of neo-Nazis and racist skin heads.
“We’re being discriminated against just because we believe in our white rights,” said Steven Edwards of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, who is considered the leader of the Supreme White Alliance.
Like his father, the Klan wizard before him, Edwards represents yet another generation of Americans who find comfort in hate. It is a fringe group, but one that will be even more closely watched if the country elects as President a mixed-race Black man who represents all they fear.
In an contentious interview with ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross on Nightline Tuesday, Edwards said that the assassination plot alarmed him and he sought to portray his group as a social club, with no ties to two men under arrest.
(Click here to watch the Nightline report:  http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=6133877 )



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A generation of Neo-Nazis and racist skinheads may be on the fringe, but will be even more closely watched if the country elects Barack Obama as Preisdent, who represents all they fear.

(ABC News Photo Illustration)

Social Club or White Power Group?

“We are a club, so we get together, socialize, more of a social type thing for people of the same views,” said Edwards. “Do we hate? No we don’t hate. We hate certain people and things that go on in the world.”



But Edwards sings a different tune, one of extreme hate, when he is with his followers. He is a kind of rock star on the hate circuit for his song “No Mercy”, performed at what are called Nordic fests, a Woodstock for the Neo-Nazi, skinhead set.



“What about the Jews? No mercy!,” Edwards is seen singing in a video from a concert three years ago. “What about the spics No Mercy? What about the N*****s? No Mercy! What about the Faggots? No mercy? What about the Traitors? No mercy!”



But when asked about the song by ABC News, Edwards replied, “I didn’t write that song.”


“People, like us, we like to joke, that’s pretty much a joke,” Edwards said shortly before trying to stop the interview. Edwards stormed off at least four times during the ABC News interview after becoming upset over questions about his club’s racist views.



“They have what they call a public front, to tell you that hey, we’re not violent, we don’t promote violence, we’re just interested in getting our views across, representing white people’s interest and free speech,” said Dees. “But they have a private side represented by the Dan Cowart and his associate, this individual in this case, these groups would certainly never never admit.”



Edwards says the man arrested in the Obama death plot, Daniel Cowart, was never a full member of the Supreme White Alliance, the SWA. But Cowart is seen pictured at a SWA party this April to honor the birthday of Adolph Hitler.



Edwards say Obama, for his race, is a smart man, and that he is opposed to any effort to kill him, but he again tried to stop the interview when asked if he would call the police if a member of his group expressed any desire to harm Obama.



While most white supremacist groups have drawn the line at mentioning violence against Obama, a recent example shows that some long-kept quite feelings of hate groups are beginning to emerge, according to equality advocates.




Hate Beginning to Emerge?

While most white power groups have drawn the line at mentioning violence against Obama, a recent example shows that some long-kept quiet feelings of hate groups are beginning to emerge, according to equality advocates.



“Most white supremacist groups are trying to figure out how they can make hay out of an Obama presidency,” said Southern Poverty Law Center director Mark Potok, who is in charge of the center’s Intelligence Project.



A prime example, said Potok, is Bill White, the self-described neo-Nazi and leader of the American National Socialist Workers Party who was indicted last week for allegedly soliciting injury to a member of a jury that convicted a white supremacist four years ago for soliciting the murder of a federal judge in Chicago. The case revolves around White’s alleged posting of the juror’s home address and phone numbers to a website that officials have since taken down.






But there is an item marked as an exhibit inside the criminal complaint which stands out: a full-color magazine cover showing an image of Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama waving to a crowd, targeted by a swastika and a rifle’s crosshairs. Bold words read, “Kill This N*****?”



The complaint says the cover was posted on White’s website on Sept. 9, 2008, along with a comment which sought $10,000 to print 20,000 copies of it before the upcoming election.



The Illinois office of the U.S. Attorney would not comment about the magazine cover or its relevancy to the current charge against White.


As the historic race to the White House nears to an end, Deborah Lauter, civil rights director of the Anti-Defamation League, said tension is mounting and “everyone is on high alert.”



She said yesterday’s arrest of the two Tennessee men is of great concern.



“What it showed us is that white extremists who have a propensity to act out during a presidential campaign in fact were prepared to do that,” said Lauter, adding that the incident showed that “our fears unfortunately can be realized.”



The SWA said that while one of the men was affiliated with the SWA earlier this year, he has since been ousted, and the alliance has not been in contact with either Cowart or Schlesselman.



White isn’t making any statements at this time, but his attorney, Bill Cleaveland, said “he is preparing to defend himself on the charge.”



White told the New York Times last month that he was planning to use an $8,000 donation from a Michigan supporter to print and distribute 20,000 copies of the magazine cover on the latest issue of The Nationalist Socialist to white working-class neighborhoods. The Times article said White “said the cover was satirical and pointed to a subheading that read, “Negro Deification and the ‘Obama Assassination’ Myth”.”



He gained notoriety for his extreme comments and internet postings, including one in which he essentially encouraged the lynching of the Jena 6, according to the FBI. This recent criminal complaint in White’s case says the web site that he maintained until the FBI recently shut it down contained editorial comments of concern, such as anti-Semitic rants and references to lynchings.



White, who lives in Roanoke, is currently jailed without bond in the Roanoke City Jail in the custody of the U.S. Marshals, while he awaits extradition to federal court in Chicago. His attorney said White will fight the transfer so that he can take care of his local rental properties and his wife and 8-month old daughter.



The Illinois office of the U.S. Attorney says a tentative arraignment date for White in Chicago is set for Nov. 12.




Teri Whitcraft, Asa Eslocker, Joanna Jennings, and Rehab El-Buri contributed to this report.



For those out there who think that racist skinheads, neo-Nazis and the KKK are a shadowy thing of the past—–think again. Racist hatred is not emerging from some subterranean depths. Racist hatred has been simmering all along, underneath the surface.

Racist hatred as been in America for over 400 years.

Racism has always reared its virulent head when major, positive changes have occurred in America.

This is not the first time.

It will not be the last time.

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