While it is unclear just how dangerous the latest uncovered plot to murder Barack Obama really was, two of the four arrested self-declared white supremacists have been charged with threatening a presidential candidate, planning to rob an armoury, and possessing illegal weapons.
The secret service guards around the Democratic presidential candidate will be even more nervous over the next seven days, but in one of the suspect’s home town of Bells, Tennessee, there is a mixture of resignation and disbelief. A near- neighbour of one of the two charged suspects has seen nothing suspect.
“They live across the street. Honest, hard-working, you know the mother, an all-American family. If we had any skinheads in this county, it’s a rural county, about 14000 folks, so if we had any skinheads in this county, at all, I was not aware of anything.”
For this white voter racism is not a problem in Bells. Another resident is not so sure.
“I wasn’t really surprised or shocked. I know they’re around here and there are black people that don’t think too highly of white people around here also, but that’s another story.”
But another African-American native of Bells has a different view:
“It’s crazy. That stuff is nonsense, because you got white people that are voting for Obama, you got black people voting for McCain, ‘cause if McCain wins I’m pretty sure we ain’t gonna go and kill white people.”