May. 2nd, 2010

[personal profile] tangaroa

Some bigoted jackass in Virginia decided to let every driver on the interstate know that he is a bigoted jackass by having a Confederate flag painted on his truck's rear window and a photograph of the September 11 attacks painted on the back with a message blaming the attacks on "Islam" in general. This should be offensive to just about anybody, but Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch was offended that anybody was offended. Spencer's line of reasoning is that anything said by the Muslim Brotherhood front group Council on American-Islamic Relations must be wrong -- if CAIR is against it, he is for it -- and so the truck driver must not be racist or bigoted at all. He also adds a jab at Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs who had nothing to do with this story but has vocally opposed Spencer's association with white supremacist organizations.

Regardless the disparagement of Islam, the Confederate flag in the window is all the proof needed to condemn the truck owner as a racist. Like how the Sykes Hejaz / Arab Nation flag is used in Israel, the Confederate flag is the banner of fascist racial supremacy enforced by the lynch mob. The Confederate flag, as the symbol of the Ku Klux Klan, gained prominence in the 1950s as a response to the civil rights movement and as a sign of support for the systematic oppression of minorities in the old South and the terrorist tactics used to maintain the racist system. The flag's display is a sign that a person is either a racist or an idiot. If there are any lingering doubts about the truck driver's state of mind, his Facebook profile is enlightening. Quoting Brigid Schulte of the Washington Post:

According to [Douglas] Story's profile, his favorite book is by [former Ku Klux Klan leader] David Duke. He likes to listen to White Power Metal. Under his Contact Info, he links to the New Saxons website, which advertises itself as "An online community for whites by whites." A web banner for the National Socialist Movement emblazoned with a Nazi swastika marches across the top of the page.

Only three Jihad Watch commenters got it right before the truck owner's Facebook profile hit the web, so kudos to Guy DeWhitney, Bobbie, and Abiramis. The rest should be ashamed of theirselves. Spencer is still on record having concluded for a fact that this man is not a racist, and he has yet to issue a correction as of this writing on the 2nd of May, four days after the original post and three days after the truck driver's Facebook profile hit Gawker. [Edit May 22: Spencer has since updated the page with a correction dated April 30. I don't remember seeing it there before, but I may have missed it in my last review of the page after writing this.]

So Spencer is wrong in fact and is unable to see bigotry when it is right in front of his eyes, but there is also another issue which appears here. Osama bin Laden recruits from the Muslim population by claiming that jihadist terrorism is the true form of Islam. This truck driver and Robert Spencer agree.


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