Sunday, December 23, 2007
As we get ready to say goodbye to 2007, the Southern Poverty Law Center has complied a somewhat amusing list of the most pathetic right wing extremists of this year. The biggest perv award goes to Kevin Strom, who certainly deserves it, although the recently deceased David Lane comes in a close second (strange how the band Prussian Blue seems to bring out the hidden pedophile in racists). Bill White gets the award for most obnoxious extremist, with Fred Phelps as runner up. (When even white power people can’t stand your presence, you’ve crossed some kind of line). Most unlikely white supremacist award goes to H.K. Edgerton, a KKK supporter from Alabama who is, unusually, black. (Check out this clip from the Dave Chappell Show for his send-up of Edgerton.) Creepiest therapist award goes to Richard Cohen, who “cures” men of their homosexuality by giving them “healing touches” (no comment). And finally, the most surprising hate group award goes to the Alabama Christian Klan, who claims to be against bigotry. My only addition to the list would be the best transition from theocratic preacher to full-on anti-Semitic conspiracy-monger award, which would undoubtedly go to Texe Marrs. Happy holidays, everybody.