The Austin Plane Crash: White Man’s Anger, Black Man’s Death

No need to understand Joe Stack. He was a killer.

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Cullen wants to understand why Stack would do such a thing. Good luck with that. There is little in the way of original thinking in Stack’s polished, but hate-filled rants. You can find the same kind of self-pitying paranoia, persecution complex and weak rationalizations for violence in The Turner Diaries, Mein Kampf and the journals of the Unabomber.

On June 10, 2009, another angry man, James Von Brunn, entered the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., armed with an acidic hatred for Jews and Negroes and a .22 caliber rifle. Security guard Stephen T. Johns opened the door for the 88-year-old anti-Semite and racist gunned down Johns and fatally wounded him. Von Brunn was shot by other security guards and died of his wounds on Jan. 6 in a prison hospital.

The only difference between Stack and Von Brunn is that Von Brunn was a raving racist and Stack composed a lucid "manifesto" (or more accurately a lengthy suicide note). Both Stack and Von Brunn succeeded in killing black men, but Stack was a "nice" terrorist because he was anti-government and a pretty fair writer. Von Brunn was a "naughty" terrorist because he was a vicious anti-Semite, neo-Nazi and racist. I'm not seeing any real difference between the two of them.

What connects the two is their extreme hatred of the government. This sentiment plays well at a time when anti-government sentiment among conservatives has run rampant at the tea party convention and the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Von Brunn and Stack were both domestic terrorists with dark fantasies of death. Stack wrote, “Nothing changes unless there is a body count.” There's precious, little empathy and a lot of callousness in that ominous remark. Johns and Hunter became the two black men who died from the wrath of angry, white men.