Will White Supremacist Be Allowed To Continue Hunger Strike In Jail?
The white supremacist who made headlines for trying to start a whites-only town in North Dakota has been hospitalized after going on a hunger strike. Craig Cobb had spent the last nine days in jail after he and another man terrorized the town of Leith by “patrolling” the neighborhood with guns. After refusing to eat for days while in the jail as a means of obtaining “spiritual enlightenment,” he was taken to a state hospital.
Cobb texted local newspapers before his patrol on Leith and said that were necessary “because of the many violences and harassments” against him and his handful of supporters. Cobb also said he plans to represent himself in court. He and his accomplice are being held without bail until the trial.
After appearing on The Trisha Show and taking a DNA test that confirmed the white supremacist is 14 percent black, his home was vandalized with racist graffiti. A former white supremacist ally spray-painted “BACK IN BLACK” on his house and left town the next day. Cobb and the man reportedly had a “falling out” the day after the test results were revealed; a local prosecutor for the incident said that the man “was not really mentally stable.”
If Cobb is convicted on the seven charges against him, his plans for an all-white town will likely come to an end. The Bismarck Times reports that five of the seven counts of terrorizing he’s being charged with carry sentences of two years each because they involve guns. “It’s a great feeling,” said a city council member. “This could be a notch in the beginning of the end.”