Racing or racist: Does Facebook reveal Va. driver's true colors?
The saga of the Virginia license plate that is either a white supremacist message or a tribute to NASCAR continues ...
After I wrote a story last Thursday about local motorists and a Muslim group complaining about a license plate on a Chantilly man's pick-up truck, the driver of the truck, Douglas Story, 46, sent me an email arguing that the license plate -- 14CV88 -- had nothing to do with racism, but rather his love of NASCAR.
The numbers 14 and 88 referred to his two favorite NASCAR drivers, he said, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The number 14 did not refer, as others had complained, to the late white supremacist David Lane's 14-word motto: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for our white children.” Nor, Story said, did the number 88 refer, as the complainants argued, to "Heil Hitler" (H is the eighth letter of the alphabet).
“Prior to this incident, I’d never even heard of David Lane,” Story told me Thursday. Lane founded the white supremacist group The Order and was sentenced to 190 years in prison on racketeering and civil rights violations stemming from the murder of Denver radio talk show host Alan Berg.
Story's explanation appeared in Thursday's Post.
And now, as the late Paul Harvey would say, for the rest of the story.
Readers have been emailing me with links to Story's Facebook profile and comments he's left on some Facebook pages.
According to Story's profile, his favorite book is by David Duke. He likes to listen to White Power Metal. Under his Contact Info, he links to the New Saxons website, which advertises itself as "An online community for whites by whites." A web banner for the National Socialist Movement emblazoned with a Nazi swastika marches across the top of the page.
Here is one of Story's posts on Facebook's "Band of Heroes" gaming page:
No folks, the "Holocaust" is really the Gentiles' jew masters pulling the wool over our eyes, the "holocaust", or rather, the HOLOHOAX is just that, A HOAX!!! Never happened, and I refuse to fight in this game "Band of Heroes" for the interests of jews (Germany NEVER attacked the US, so we had NO business in the European theater of Operations).
I will, however, fight those sneaky, Pearl Harbor bombing jap bastards (like my Granddaddy did in the Philippines).
Arguing that his license plate was purely about NASCAR and had nothing to do with race, Story told me that he had a Jewish sister-in-law and had attended his niece's bat mitzvah. He denied being anti-Semitic.
But here's how he describes himself on Facebook:
"100% WHITE MAN, 100% ARYAN, 100% PRO-LIFE (Children are innocent), 100% PRO DEATH PENALTY (Criminal Scum aren't innocent).
Over the past 28 years; I, like David Duke, have had an Awakening."
Note to self: In these days of social media, Twitter and personal oversharing on the web, always check Facebook...
When I called Story to ask about the Facebook page, he continued to maintain that his license plate message had nothing to with racism. He stuck by his NASCAR story. "Southern white men. Southern white sport. What else needs to be said?" he said.
Story acknowledged that he thinks of himself as 100 percent Aryan. "Aryan is a Sanskrit word that means noble," he said, "no matter what spin the liberal media tries to put on it as being a racist, hate word."
He said he is an admirer of David Duke, who, he said was "reamed by the media because of his Klan affiliations." "I am a white nationalist," Story said. "I am in favor of the whites having their own homeland." When I asked him where that homeland would be, he said he didn't know. "The Pacific Northwest maybe. Alaska. Denmark. Greenland. Iceland."
I asked if he really thought that the Holocaust was a hoax. "I don't know what to think," he said.
I also called Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who had sent the Virginia DMV a letter complaining about the plate last week.
(DMV had already voted to revoke Story's license plate before receiving CAIR's letter last week, said DMV spokesman Melanie Stokes, because it had already received a number of complaints.
Last week, the DMV erroneously told The Post that Story's license plates were issued in 2005. But after I asked Stokes to double-check, she said this week that Story's Sons of Confederate Veterans plates were issued in March of 2009.
The dates were relevant because Tony Stewart only began driving car No. 14 in February 2009; earlier, he drove car No. 20. Earnhardt changed from car #8 to #88 in 2008.
Though Story had been driving around with his 14 CV 88 license plate for more than a year, Stokes said complaints only started arriving in recent weeks. In February, Story had added a mural of the burning World Trade Center towers and an anti-Islamic bumper sticker to the tailgate of his Ford, he said, to shake people up. "It seems like people have forgotten about the terrorist attacks on 9/11," he had told me on the phone. "And I wanted to remind them.")
"We'd like to extend an invitation for him to come to CAIR and meet with regular Muslims to clear up some of his misperceptions about Islam," Hooper said. "And because he clearly also has misperceptions about people of other colors and our staff is very diverse, we may be able to clear up some of those as well."
Story said he wasn't interested.
"I just don't have the time," he said. "I come home from work, get something to eat, maybe a little computer, take a shower, go to sleep and get up and do it all over again."
| April 30, 2010; 10:08 AM ET
Categories: Journalism , More on the story | Tags: 14 CV 88, Dale Earnhardt Jr, David Lane, Douglas Story, Ibrahim Hooper, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Tony Stewart, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, White supremacy, World Trade Center, license plate
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