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Monday, November 17, 2008

Racist Threats Around the Country

Obama has more threats than other presidents-elect

President-elect Obama talks on his cell phone after boarding his plane at AP – President-elect Obama talks on his cell phone after boarding his plane at Washington's Reagan National …

WASHINGTON – Threats against a new president historically spike right after an election, but from Maine to Idaho law enforcement officials are seeing more against Barack Obama than ever before. The Secret Service would not comment or provide the number of cases they are investigating. But since the Nov. 4 election, law enforcement officials have seen more potentially threatening writings, Internet postings and other activity directed at Obama than has been seen with any past president-elect, said officials aware of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the issue of a president's security is so sensitive.

Earlier this week, the Secret Service looked into the case of a sign posted on a tree in Vay, Idaho, with Obama's name and the offer of a "free public hanging." In North Carolina, civil rights officials complained of threatening racist graffiti targeting Obama found in a tunnel near the North Carolina State University campus.

And in a Maine convenience store, an Associated Press reporter saw a sign inviting customers to join a betting pool on when Obama might fall victim to an assassin. The sign solicited $1 entries into "The Osama Obama Shotgun Pool," saying the money would go to the person picking the date closest to when Obama was attacked. "Let's hope we have a winner," said the sign, since taken down.

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(Excerpt: • Just before the election, two skinheads in Tennessee were charged with plotting to behead blacks across the country and assassinate Obama while wearing white top hats and tuxedos.
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081116/ap_on_re_us/obama_racial

Obama election spurs race crimes around country

Signs hang on the office door of University of Alabama professor Marsha L. AP – Signs hang on the office door of University of Alabama professor Marsha L. Houston, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008

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 Barack Obama are dampening the postelection glow of racial progress and harmony, highlighting the stubborn racism that remains in America.

From California to Maine, police have documented a range of alleged crimes, from vandalism and vague threats to at least one physical attack. Insults and taunts have been delivered by adults, college students and second-graders.


There have been "hundreds" of incidents since the election, many more than usual, said Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes. Click http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081116/ap_on_re_us/obama_racial">here for rest of article.

COMMENTS:

Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

It is distressing that such lunatics are running free dispensing such barbaric ignorance!!!...(:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 5:26:00 AM

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Blogger Gadfly said...

Too damned many of them! Today's Chronicle had a good article on it. When we think we've made such great strides in racial equality, idiots like these show we got a long way to go, even though a majority voted for an African American for president.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 4:18:00 PM

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