A White Nationalist’s Brownest Friend
I wasn’t surprised when I checked the website of America’s brownest white supremacist, Michelle Malkin, and found no mention of Mark David Uhl, the Liberty University ROTC student who planned to kill the deranged Phelps family with explosives. Uhl declared his intention to commit acts at least tantamount to terrorism, and Malkin claims to be deeply concerned about the threat of terror on American soil. Unfortunately, this match seemingly made in heaven was never to be. Uhl did not possess the one trait that would have rendered him useful to Malkin’s anti-terror crusades: dark skin.
The Phelpses, for their part, (this Patridge Family on bad acid is best known for its “Fag Troops” protests) were going to picket Liberty U founder Jerry Falwell’s funeral to make their point that the late reverend was somehow too soft on the gays. Uhl took it upon himself to prove that while Phelps family patriarch Fred may be more right-wing than even Jerry was, Jerry’s kids will not be outdone by anyone — even a Calvinist maniac who allegedly beats his kids with an axe-handle.
Uhl is arguably a domestic terrorist, and certainly a politically radicalized, Christian nationalist version of (author of literary masterpiece Richard McBeef) Cho Seung-Hui. Indeed, both were young men who carried out or made plans to wage a campaign of mass murder on a college campus.
It is fair to say that if Uhl was an Arab Muslim, he might be chained to a seat right now in a CIA Learjet, clad in a diaper on his way to some secret prison in Eastern Europe for a good waterboarding. And his story, or some stridently recapitulated version of it, would be prominently featured on Malkin’s website. Instead, Uhl’s tale is buried and Malkin… well, she’s worked herself into a petulant frenzy over the murder of a young white couple by a group of blacks. The killing was horrible to be sure, but it did not in any way appear to be a hate crime.
One People’s Project notes that a group of neo-Nazis plans to rally around the killing in Knoxville a week from now, and that the murders were introduced into the blogosphere exclusively by white nationalist bloggers, whom Malkin cites as her sources:
On May 16, Malkin covered the case on her video blog Hot Air. She said that the case is one that has been given life to the story nationally while the national media ignored it, by bloggers concerned with the case. What she doesn’t say is that those bloggers were, until she came on board, almost exclusively from white supremacist circles. Even more curious than that is her timing. Her coverage of the case comes week before posters to the white supremacist Vanguard News Network, including Jim Leshkevich of Hurley, NY, an associate of white supremacist internet radio host Hal Turner, and among the first to write about the case on his blog, plan a Memorial Day Weekend rally in Knoxville in Christian’s and Newsom’s name, despite the fact that the family wants no part of it.
Dave Neiwert writes that Malkin and her cohorts have also ignored the Aryan Nation membership of Jason Kenneth Hamilton (why do these nuts always have two first names?), the man who went on a killing rampage in Moscow, Idaho. Neiwert adds, “considering his extremist background, it is certain this was intended as some kind of political statement. It was, by most definitions, an act of domestic terrorism.” Although domestic terrorists are more likely to kill Americans on American soil than al Qaeda is (at least statistically speaking), they are overwhelmingly white, at least nominally Christian, and are therefore not very valuable to the self-proclaimed conservatives who habitually promote white nationalist propaganda.