Friday, April 23, 2010

Longtime White Supremacist Gets His Comeuppance

Richard Barrett, a longtime white supremacist leader, anti-Semite, and Holocaust denier who generated more publicity than influence, was found dead April 22nd in his Pearl, Mississippi home, apparently the victim of a homicide.

According to news reports, firefighters discovered his body in a bathroom after neighbors reported a fire at Barrett’s home around 8 a.m. Few details have been released about the incident, which is under investigation by local, state and federal authorities.Barrett, 67, had a long history of denigrating minorities, particularly blacks, Jews, immigrants and gays. In recent years, Barrett ran an online forum for racist skinheads.

Barrett's death shows a marked trend in retribution against white supremacists. It comes literally on the heels of the stabbing death earlier this month of South African White supremacist Eugene Terreblanche, leader of the neo-Nazi Afrikaner Resistance Movement. Terreblanche was bludgeoned and stabbed to death with clubs and a machete in an attack at his farm near the town of Ventersdorp in South Africa's North West Province.

I doubt many tears will be shed over Barrett's departure from this mortal coil, especially by this writer. People in general get fed up with these hate mongers, who abuse their 1st Amendment rights while wrapping themselves in the American flag. For someone like myself who is a veteran, I find it nauseating that Barrett spent the majority of his post-military life trying to upset the fabric of our democracy, something I fought to protect.

Hate has it consequences, sometimes violent. It may be long in being dealt out, but eventually, it catches up to the perpetrator, whether it's a long federal prison sentence, or in Barrett's case, a slab at the morgue.

"Liberty and Justice For All"...the last sentence of the Pledge of Allegiance. My hope is that dream will continue to be realized in America. Justice certainly was realized in the case of Richard Barrett.

No tears shed. Good riddance.

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