Roswell Beacon on America's Homicidal Schizophrenia

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Because of a front-page image of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama's image within the sites of a rifle, an article from the Roswell Beacon, Roswell GA (pdf), has become national news. But the article itself, underlying the photograph, is actually informative and necessary. It shows that, even though most whites believe that Obama would be an acceptable president, including Jimmy Carter effectively endorsing Obama and urging Clinton to cede the race by June 6, there nonetheless remains a fervent wish among a small percentage of white Americans that Senator Barack Obama be assassinated before he can assume the US presidency.

Even Hillary Clinton has made repeated comments which some believe are suggestive of her membership in this small minority of Obama assassination proponents. (Sen. Hillary Clinton has repeatedly suggested that if Sen. Barack Obama were assassinated then her campaign would be given new life.) Later, Hillary said in a long letter to the New York Daily News,

"I realize that any reference to that traumatic moment for our nation can be deeply painful - particularly for members of the Kennedy family, who have been in my heart and prayers over this past week."
If so, then what has been her purpose in repeatedly raising the specter of assassination over the past three months?

 Did Hillary Just Call for the Assassination of Barack Obama?

One speaker at a white supremacist rally cited in the Roswell Beacon article says, seeming to be thinking along the lines of that of which Senator Clinton is suspected,

We should remember to be law abiding, but we will remember that what they won't allow at the ballot box can be won at the bullet box. Roswell Beacon

The front-page image is shocking, but it brings necessary attention to a reality of American life: Black people risk our lives when we endeavor to improve our status in ways that were previously off-limits to us, based on our skin color. This was so when Blacks integrated the Jim Crow lunch counters of the South and it remains so as Barack Obama seeks to become the first Black presidential nominee of the Democratic Party and the first Black president of the United States.

"Hillary Clinton's assassination comments must be taken seriously.
There is beginning to be a pattern developing here."

Pastor Kyev Tatum, AfroSpear Member Blog

Blacks have always whispered, as have whites amongst themselves that in this "one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all," Blacks' liberty was strictly limited by the threat of white violence, as we see when Obama has to run for president knowing full well that the most recognized Black presences of the previous generations were assassinated, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.

On the other hand, the most recognized Black presences of subsequent generations have not been assassinated, including Jesse Jackson and Colin Powell. And so we don't know who we are as a nation: a terrorist nation in which Blacks' accomplishment is limited by the threat of violence or an increasingly free nation where the threat has passed?

Cross-posted at the AfroSpear's PamsHouseBlend.

Hat Tip to the AfroSpear's Pastor Kyev Tatum Blog for the link to the Roswell Beacon pdf file.

Tags: assassination, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, malcolm x, Martin Luther King, Roswell Beacon (all tags)

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22 Comments

Re: Roswell Beacon on America's Homicidal Schizoph

The whole pdf article is a must read..

by nogo postal 2008-05-25 11:34AM | 0 recs
Paranoid nonsense

This is a goddamn LIE: "Sen. Hillary Clinton has repeatedly suggested that if Sen. Barack Obama were assassinated then her campaign would be given new life".

Playing the victim card again (now that the race card backfired..)

by observer5 2008-05-25 11:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Paranoid nonsense

Any chance you'll attribute that to the diarist and not Obama?  Since Obama and his campaign have neither stated nor implied this sort of thing.

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-05-25 11:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Paranoid nonsense

really makes me wonder if it was Roswell Ga or NV...

by zerosumgame 2008-05-25 11:54AM | 0 recs
What Sen. Clinton SAID is a matter of fact.

What she meant by what she said is a matter subject to opinion, and certainly a legitimate matter for debate.  That's why it's being debated all over America even as we speak.

by Manic Lawyer 2008-05-25 12:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Roswell Beacon on America's

I do not think that this diary is helpful.  You could have framed these issues in a more constructive fashion, considering the sentiments of a good chunk of the posters here.

Please, be more consider it.  No reasonable person thinks Senator Clinton called for his assassination.  

As to your larger concern, I understand and share it, but please be less incindiary.  It comes across as trollish.

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-05-25 11:35AM | 0 recs
Considering the sentiments of a large . . . .

"considering the sentiments of a good chunk of the posters here."

Should I post in a manner that reflects the sentiments of a large percentage of the posters here, or should I post in a manner that reflects my sentiments and the 20% of the Democratic Party that doesn't participate here because they know their views are not welcomed.  I think the latter is more useful, since there are already plenty of people here, the majority in fact, who frame issues in a manner that is pleasing to the majority.

by Manic Lawyer 2008-05-25 11:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Considering the sentiments of a large . . . .

You must present your argument in the King's English, that grimy regional debasement you call and accent is deplorable. :)

I like your style btw.

I don't often agree with you but you sure do take a lickin and keep on tickin.

by ameridad 2008-05-25 12:11PM | 0 recs
If you are reflective of that 20%

I guess we should count our blessings that they do not come here.

by lombard 2008-05-25 12:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Roswell Beacon on America's

I apparently cannot spell today.

I am a bad 3L

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-05-25 12:11PM | 0 recs
This poster does not care about any of that

by lombard 2008-05-25 12:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Roswell Beacon on America's Homicidal Schizoph
Here it is
http://www.beaconcast.com/articles/20080 521_1/print?printview=pdf
by nogo postal 2008-05-25 11:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Roswell Beacon on America's Homicidal Schizoph

"Can Sen. Clinton Bare To Lose?"

Not a mental image I wanted, thanks anyway:D

by animated 2008-05-25 11:40AM | 0 recs
This diary needs to go --

Given the treatment that has been handed to other bloggers for much less direct innuendo and distortion of reality. This diatribe has no place in this blog, if its administrators have any hope of it   remaining a source for serious discussion. -- Make it go away!

by pan230oh 2008-05-25 11:44AM | 0 recs
Kill the messenger?

by Manic Lawyer 2008-05-25 11:56AM | 0 recs
If we only could...

by lombard 2008-05-25 12:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Roswell Beacon on America's Homicidal Schizoph

by Manic Lawyer 2008-05-25 11:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Roswell Beacon on America's Homicidal Schizoph
The article is a factual article about racists in GA.
If ya read the pdf link I provided.
by nogo postal 2008-05-25 12:16PM | 0 recs
People have reacted picture . . .

but have mostly failed to read the article, which documents shocking facts about the minority of Americans who still believe that "the bullet box" is a legitimate tool of American political life.

Hillary Clinton made reference to this historical side of American politics Monday, when she said that RFK's assassination was related to the need for her to stay in the race.  Based on how often she has cited these facts together, she seems to believe (and some say hope) that they are rationally related to one another, the matter of the extremely dubious continued viability of her campaign and the matter of the historical reality of political assassination.

by Manic Lawyer 2008-05-25 12:36PM | 0 recs
This is the last straw, Manic Lawyer:

Even Hillary Clinton has made repeated comments which some believe are suggestive of her membership in this small minority of Obama assassination proponents. (Sen. Hillary Clinton has repeatedly suggested that if Sen. Barack Obama were assassinated then her campaign would be given new life.) Later, Hillary said in a long letter to the New York Daily News,

"I realize that any reference to that traumatic moment for our nation can be deeply painful - particularly for members of the Kennedy family, who have been in my heart and prayers over this past week."
If so, then what has been her purpose in repeatedly raising the specter of assassination over the past three months?
 Did Hillary Just Call for the Assassination of Barack Obama?

One speaker at a white supremacist rally cited in the Roswell Beacon article says, seeming to be thinking along the lines of that of which Senator Clinton is suspected,

We should remember to be law abiding, but we will remember that what they won't allow at the ballot box can be won at the bullet box. Roswell Beacon

I've had enough of your smears and insinuations. I'm emailing Jerome.

by sricki 2008-05-25 01:55PM | 0 recs
NOW YOU KNOW WHY I WROTE...

MY DIARY!!

by handsomegent 2008-05-25 02:22PM | 0 recs
Amusing

"Even Hillary Clinton has made repeated comments which some believe are suggestive of her membership in this small minority of Obama assassination proponents."

This is dishonest demagoguery and you know that.  You're capable of a lot better.  

by BPK80 2008-05-25 04:52PM | 0 recs

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