Left: NSM spokesman Bill White; photo by historymike
(Toledo, OH) From his perch in Roanoke, VA National Socialist Movement (NSM) spokesman Bill White has weighed in on last Tuesday's Toledo mayoral election, declaring that "half-Jew candidate Carty Finkbeiner" won the election on the basis of "white electoral power."
White does not cite his sources (if indeeed they exist), but claims that "80% of Toledo's white population voted to expel Toledo's black Mayor Jack Ford," and that Ford received 90% of the black vote.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, White could not resist the temptation to offer his racist interpretation of the election (although he stopped short of taking credit himself for Ford's loss). The problem with White's conclusions is that Ford's support was weak well before the riot, and that the riot seemed to have had little influence on the outcome of the election.
Carty Finkbeiner led this race almost from the day he announced his candidacy, and his skillful campaigning and deceptively simple marketing message - "Carty Gets Results" - brought him back to the 22nd Floor of One Government Center, not White's absurd model of an awakening of a latent white supremacism.
As far as a racial component to the election, reality does not neatly separate itself into black/white categories as Mr. White implies. Had Ford really pulled 90% of the African American vote, he would have been reelected, because there were many crucial areas- like Old Orchard - where the contest between Ford and Finkbeiner was fairly close.
Certainly there are a handful of white voters who would never vote for a black candidate, and the same can be said about fringe elements of the black community.
But for most Toledoans, as anyone who actually lives in the city knows, this was a referendum on one question: Who can move this city forward and improve the local economy? In 2001, that person was Jack Ford, and in 2005, the voters chose Carty Finkbeiner.
If anything, Jack Ford may have picked up a few votes with his efforts to calm the angry crowd on October 15. Many mayors would have safely hidden themselves behind a wall of police, but Ford stepped into the middle of the riot in an attempt to defuse the situation.
White, of course, missed this, because he and his NSM supporters had long since scooted away to the safe confines of a certain Sylvania Avenue tattoo parlor when the rocks began to fly.
Then again, we should remember that race-baiting is White's stock in trade. Should I have expected any other sort of rhetoric in his analysis? The man is unwilling to see the world in any other terms.