Just a reminder that some white people do hate black people.
US election: Youths' plot to kill 102 black people and Obama uncovered
* Elana Schor in Washington
* Monday October 27 2008 21.25 GMT
Law enforcement officers have foiled a plot by two neo-Nazis who aimed to assassinate Barack Obama before killing 102 other black people, according to court records unsealed today.
The disrupted plot involved robbing a gun store to obtain weapons that the two skinheads would use against Obama and black students in the state of Tennessee, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), a US law enforcement agency.
ATF agents confiscated five guns from the two perpetrators, 20-year-old Daniel Cowart of Bells, Tennessee, and 18-year-old Paul Schlesselman of West Helena, Arkansas. Both are being held without bail by authorities.
"They said that would be their last, final act, that they would attempt to kill Senator Obama," Jim Cavanaugh, the special agent in charge of the ATF's Nashville office, told the Associated Press.
"They didn't believe they would be able to do it, but that they would get killed trying."
Although the perpetrators were doubtful of their ability to carry out their grisly plans, the plot risks stoking the simmering cauldron of racial uncertainty that Obama has faced in rural areas of the US.
Even as polls show his support among white voters reaching a record high for a Democratic candidate, workers for the Obama campaign have confronted the legacy of prejudice in the south and Appalachian areas.
Obama campaign offices in several states have been defaced with racist graffiti, and door-to-door canvassers have shared reports of voters making prejudiced remarks about the candidate.
Three men were detained two months ago during the Democratic convention in Denver after discussing a plot to kill Obama, but prosecutors did not deem that incident a credible threat.
The two neo-Nazis chose 102 as the number of victims for their plot based on numerology that is significant to white supremacists. They are facing charges of unregistered firearm possession, conspiracy to steal firearms from a licensed gun dealer, and making threats to a candidate for president.