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It's not an epidemic or anything, but it is disconcerting to see what's been going on since the election.

Incidents of racism dampen Obama victory


    Cross burnings. Schoolchildren chanting “Assassinate Obama.” Black figures hung from nooses. Racial epithets scrawled on homes and cars.

    Incidents around the country referring to President-elect Obama are dampening the postelection glow of racial progress and harmony, highlighting the stubborn racism that remains in America.


Among the highlights:


    Four N.C. State students admitted writing anti-Obama comments in a tunnel designated for free speech expression, including one that said: “Let's shoot that (N-word) in the head.” Obama has received more threats than any other president-elect, authorities say.

    In Standish, Maine, a sign inside the Oak Hill General Store read: “Osama Obama Shotgun Pool.” Customers could sign up to bet $1 on a date when Obama would be killed. “Stabbing, shooting, roadside bombs, they all count,” the sign said. At the bottom of the marker board was written “Let's hope someone wins.”

    Crosses were burned in yards of Obama supporters in Hardwick, N.J., and Apolacan Township, Pa.

    Near Pittsburgh, a black man said he found a note with a racial slur on his car windshield, saying “Now that you voted for Obama, just watch out for your house.”


And it's even happened closer to my neck of the woods in the Los Angeles area. More specifically, the Torrance area just 20 minutes from where I live.


    Vandals spray-painted swastikas and racial slurs on a house and several cars that displayed campaign signs or bumper stickers for President-elect Barack Obama, authorities said Tuesday.

    The incidents occurred Saturday night in the Hollywood Riviera section of the city, said Sgt. Bernard Anderson. Four separate incidents were reported the next day, he said.

    No arrests have been made.

    At one house, the phrase "Go Back to Africa" was spray-painted across the wall, in addition to a racial epithet on the garage door, Anderson said. Several parked vehicles on the streets were spray-painted with racial slurs, he said.


It's always a concern when a couple of nutjobs decide to come out of the woodwork, but it's starting to look like more and more are making their presence felt. Anyone else seeing stuff like this going on?




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Read it and weep, fella


    Originally posted by It's False
    It's always a concern when a couple of nutjobs decide to come out of the woodwork, but it's starting to look like more and more are making their presence felt. Anyone else seeing stuff like this going on?
I read that Torrance, CA story a week or so ago too. That type of thing is the main reason I never bought an Obama bumper sticker for my car or one of the "HOPE" t-shirts people were hawking all over L.A.

I wonder if Obama changes any of these people's minds if he turns out to be a good president.

The L.A. Times had an article last week asking the same question: African American men wonder if the wider culture will finally start to see them as true equals or if the president-elect will just be seen as yet another exception (like Bill Cosby, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, etc).



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    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
    I wonder if Obama changes any of these people's minds if he turns out to be a good president.

I'm glad to have Obama as our President. Expect him to be good and to do good things. Don't think for a second he has a hope in hell of changing the minds of people like that. As long as people acknowledge the concept of "race," racism will exist (i.e., racism will probably exist forever).

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    Originally posted by StingArmy
    As long as people acknowledge the concept of "race," racism will exist (i.e., racism will probably exist forever).
Exactly. Racism isn't one of those things that can just be "stopped". We'll always have racism as long as we have racists.
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    Originally posted by Broncolanche
      Originally posted by StingArmy
      As long as people acknowledge the concept of "race," racism will exist (i.e., racism will probably exist forever).
    Exactly. Racism isn't one of those things that can just be "stopped". We'll always have racism as long as we have racists.


I agree and racism/bigotry rear their ugly head more when the economy is in the tank. However, I am old enough to have seen "No Coloreds Allowed" signs and have a cross burn on the lawn of a black college professor when he moved to town. So while racial eden may never exist, we have come a long, long way.



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I also agree that we've come a long way. Thankfully (for lack of a better term) there seems to be a small minority of people committing these crimes.
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    Originally posted by It's False
    It's not an epidemic or anything, but it is disconcerting to see what's been going on since the election.

    Among the highlights:



      Crosses were burned in yards of Obama supporters in Hardwick, N.J., and Apolacan Township, Pa.

      Near Pittsburgh, a black man said he found a note with a racial slur on his car windshield, saying “Now that you voted for Obama, just watch out for your house.”


    And it's even happened closer to my neck of the woods in the Los Angeles area. More specifically, the Torrance area just 20 minutes from where I live.


That Hardwick incident is MY neck of the woods--about the same distance from me. We held a rally and march Saturday to express support for the family. (I'm actually in a couple of the crowd shots there, but not so that you could really see me.) Frightening to think this could happen right in my area.
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Check what's going on down here, kind of sad.


http://www.nola.com/timespic/stories/index.ssf?/base/news-11/122681970966010.xml&coll=1

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