NATIONAL (NBC) - Senator Barack Obama became the first African-American to accept the Democratic party's nomination for president Thursday.
The historic event prompted a Montgomery, Alabama civil rights organization to gauge how white supremacists might react to an Obama presidency.
A Southern Poverty Law Center investigation shows most white supremacist groups support Obama's candidacy.
It's not the result they expected.
"What was really unexpected was that a very large number of white supremacists, including some of their intellectual leaders, like David Duke, were saying actually, this could be a good thing for us," explained the SPLC's Mark Potok.
Potok heads the Intelligence Project, which monitors hate groups nationwide.
An article in the project's newly released magazine, The Intelligence Report indicates white supremacists feel an Obama administration would boost their membership rolls.
"The world of white supremacists really is hoping against hope that this will result in a white, Aryan victory," Potok explained. "It's an absolute fantasy, of course."
Reality may be that an Obama presidency would, in fact, ease racial tensions.
That's a change most voters would welcome.
"The needs of this country are the same whether the president is black or white," said Russ Storman, who visited Montgomery's Civil Rights Memorial Thursday. "Their race makes no difference."
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