Watch: White Supremacist Finds Out His Ancestors Were Black on Live Talk Show
Jay Dawson February 10th 2017 Entertainment
Television has the power to shock, amaze, and change the world. And this power was never more in evidence during this airing of The Trisha Show, when the unthinkable happened. This is the beautiful moment when a white supremacist is stunned into silence. This is the wonderful moment when he confronts what he never thought possible: that he's actually part black...
The Moment His Grin Slips From His Face
The scene was set for an epic showdown. Craig Cobb, a 62-year-old white supremacist, had been on TV for already far too long, laying out his particularly horrific brand of racism. The host of The Trisha Show, black British personality Trisha Goddard, was ready to lay down the real facts on Cobb. With a triumphant air, she told him the truth: he was actually 14% Sub-Saharan African.
The crowd responded to the humiliation of this bigot the only way that crowds can: with cheers of jubilation and celebration. Cobb was at a loss for words, his world and what he knew seeming to crumble in one brief instant. "So there you go, bro," Trisha told him, trying to give him a fist bump and welcoming him to the brotherhood. But by then he had gathered himself, and was already claiming "statistical noise".
Who Is This Evil Man?
Before we get into how significant this finding really is, and how much we really don't care about his hurt feelings, we need to look at the man himself, Craig Cobb. At 62 years old, his is the face of pure intolerant evil. A so-called fugitive from hate crimes committed in several other towns, he has settled in Leith, a tiny township in North Dakota. There, he is attempting to put his ultimate plan into action.
Cobb doesn't actually call himself a white supremacist, although these kinds of people rarely use such direct language. Instead, he subscribes to a religious group that calls themselves the Creators, which is basically a cover for racism. Followers use "holy words" from the White Man's Bible as a cover for racial and sexual intolerance, claiming that they are not racist but simply "racially aware".
Disgusting Plans For North Dakota
Craig Cobb in particular has been at the center of a perfect storm of controversy lately. For the last few years, he has been buying up land in Leith, North Dakota, in an attempt to take over the town and its sitting council. What does he plan on doing with the town? Well, he wants his followers and followers of similar creeds - the Aryan Brotherhood and National Socialism Movement - to settle there and form a white-only enclave. A kind of last bastion against an increasingly multicultural world.
Before he arrived, the residents of Leith barely even knew what white supremacy was. With a mix of African American and Native American residents in the township and surrounds, they lived a life of largely peaceful harmony. But the appearance of Craig Cobb, and his slow and sinister takeover, changed everything for Leith.
A Smear On The Neighborhood
Now, there is only one African American remaining in the town. And although the council is still under the power of reasonable and sane human beings, this could change at any time. Other white supremacist families have followed Cobb's urgings and settled in Leith, and slowly driven out longtime residents who are now fearful for their life. For them, this once-perfect town has become a living hell.
And it's easy to see why this has happened. Since Cobb and his buddies have arrived, they've put up all manner of flags and paraphernalia related to white supremacy, instilling and inciting an atmosphere of fear and distrust. Not only that, the only remaining black resident Bobby Harper, has had hateful messages pinned to his door, including one to his wife which read "What are you doing 'married' to a Negro?" More and more, the citizens of Leith are finding themselves outsiders in a community that's long been known for its welcoming attitude.
They're Running Out Of Options
Councilors for Leith are tearing their hair out, trying to put a halt to Cobb's actions, but it's getting harder and harder. Since his broader actions - like the buying of land and property - are technically legal, it's impossible to force him out. Even the kinds of hate crimes that are perpetrated in his name can't be prosecuted, since it's impossible to determine the exact individual that's behind each act.
The arrival of Cobb led immediately to a number of town hall meetings and drastic measures. Bans on building, strict new regulations on water and sewage quality, and a ban on trailers remaining for more than ten days have all been introduced, but seem to have little to no effect on the slow creep of racism. The mayor of Leith, Ryan Schock, admits that his small town seems to have run out of options. Short of catching Cobb in the middle of some obscene act, there's not much they can do.
No matter what name they go by, Cobb's beliefs are the same as the majority of white supremacist groups that operate all over the world. They operate under the same awful banner of a "master race", and believe that all other varieties of this wonderful human soup should be subjugated to the white man. Unlike other groups, however, they've managed to justify their vile deeds and thoughts with their so-called "bible", which is a mere cover for their hate crimes.
Of course, their belief of total dominance doesn't just extend to other races. It is an incredibly misogynistic and hardline heteronormative belief system, too, which says that all women are inferior to men, and that any sexual practice beyond man-woman relations is an aberration on the natural order of things. In short, he believes everything that breeds hate, intolerance, and disunity in this world.
Going On The Trisha Show
Nobody knows what compelled him to go on The Trisha Show, a long-running British chat show hosted by the luminous Ms. Goodard which attempts to tackle problems far beyond the usual. Cobb says that he submitted himself to DNA testing because he "believed it was science", and clearly without any doubt that it would prove his purity. As well as that, it was clear that he thought that the TV show, regardless of how it made him look, would be a good platform for him to spew out his hateful message.
But all it found him was disgrace and disgust. The show itself was part of Trisha's ongoing Race In America series, designed to highlight the apparent incongruities, double standards, struggles, and triumphs of this ever-important topic. It was never going to give him a platform - just, as the old saying goes, enough rope to hang himself. It may never change his mind or beliefs, but at least it will highlight to an intelligent audience just how pervasive these evil beliefs can be.
What This Means For Him
14% Sub-Saharan African. 14% black. Those were the results that Trisha triumphantly delivered to a clearly-shocked Cobb, and while it may not sound like a huge percentage, it is incredibly significant. To achieve a 14% mix, you wouldn't have to go far back in your bloodline to find African heritage. Even a single great-grandparent being of a different race would give you 12.5% of that race, so for Cobb, he's not only got a great-grandparent, but possibly more relatives a little further back in the tree.
What it means is that at least one of Cobb's ancestors were part of the race struggles of the early 20th century. That one of Cobb's ancestors helped shape, define, and build the nation of America into the better place that it is today. That they actively fought against the very hate that Cobb is trying to currently spread.
A Hearty Denial
It's clear from the video that Cobb, once receiving the news, has no idea what to do with it. His stammering cries of "statistical noise" and a refusal - not once, but twice - to fist bump Trisha shows him as a man desperately trying to regain a sense of sovereignty. He has been damned - by his own rhetoric, no less - as someone who's "impure". And try as he might to deny it, it will no doubt haunt him forever.
In the wake of the TV show, Craig Cobb seemed to recover from the initial shock. He began fighting his heritage in the only way he knew how - by flat out denial, and counter-accusations of false science. By labelling it "a scientifically bankrupt procedure, the product of craven and debased executives whose goal is to shock.", he doesn't need to confront the issue within himself - just blame it on the untruths of others.
He's Going To Keep On Going
The whole thing, the whole video, was a beautifully succinct moment in the history of white supremacists. We are all made up of bits and pieces of a excitingly varied and fractured past, and to see a bigot be confronted with that was, in a word, rewarding. But it was also a succinct moment in a bad sense. It also summed up neatly exactly what white supremacists do: they spin their own web of hate to serve their terrible purposes.
And in the end, nothing much changes. Craig Cobb has vowed to keep on sowing his seeds of intolerance and terror in the unfortunate town of Leith. Until he dies, he will keep bringing other weak-minded individuals into his fold, brainwashing them to hate all the other members of our wonderful human race. He won't change, but hopefully the TV show will strike a chord with members of the audience. Hopefully, after all this, people will open their eyes to their own internal multiculturalism and learn how to defend against this particular brand of hate.
50 Extraordinary Women You Won't Believe Actually Exist
Luke Chase May 25th 2016 Entertainment
It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.