Federal Agents Foil an Assassination Attempt on Sen. Obama

It appears that on October 22, 2008, two neo-nazis—Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman, 18, of Helena-West Helena, Ark.—were arrested and charged with possessing an unregistered firearm, planning to rob a gun store, and conspiring to assassinate Senator Obama. It has been reported by the Associated Press that the two men also planned on going on a killing spree at a predominately African-American high school in Tennessee. The two sought to kill 88 African-Americans and behead 14. The numbers, 14/88, are widely known among white supremacist groups to have a symbolic meaning to their cause. According to court records, Cowart and Schlesselman believed that they would be killed in the assassination attempt but were still willing to do it.

To think, these are only two men that plotted this attempt; imagine how many other extremist groups are plotting the same thing. If Obama makes it to the top seat in the U.S. government, a successful assassination would lead to adverse consequences among many Americans, particularly African-Americans. Not only would it totally undermine historic events and struggles in the fight for racial equality, but it would also expose the cold, hard truth that some people are still willing to violently adhere to centuries-old racial ideologies.

An assassination would possibly create an uproar in communities all around the nation, as well as stir up a lot of racial tension. If elected, Sen. Obama will certainly make the history books as the first African-American president—let’s just hope that his chapter doesn’t have the same ending as JFK.


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