Racist Drops Out of Council Election
Doug Hanks abandoned his race for a city council seat in Charlotte after a newspaper revealed that Hanks posted more than 4,000 comments to a white supremacist website over a three week period. Hanks, who had been seeking the Republican nomination, claims he was merely posing as a racist to research a novel he's writing. Hanks found inspiration for his novel in The Turner Diaries, "a racist novel by William Pierce that begins with a truck bombing of FBI headquarters as part of a war against the government."
Hanks says he isn't a white supremacist, but was trying to target the novel to white supremacists to improve sales. That subtle distinction is undermined by Hanks' other antics:
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