Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Idaho students chant "assasinate Obama" on school bus

(title link). I didn't want to say anything that would make me come off as being a naysayer in the days after the election, but I noticed something very strange the day after. Seattle, despite being in the Northwest, is a racially diverse town where there are actual black folks. They're upbeat now, but the day after were anything but. I was expecting celebrations and people virtually gushing with happiness, but instead the emotion I observed was fear. It didn't make sense to me until I figured out that what they were afraid of was a backlash by white people against them in the wake of an Obama victory. Not being black and experiencing life as a black person, this wasn't something I'd have thought about normally. Things are pretty much normal here in Seattle, but that doesn't seem to be the case everywhere. Then again, there was the homeless guy in the supermarket last night who shouted that the manager "must be a monkey" because "only a monkey would deny a beer to a white man".

In Idaho, in a town hosting Brigham Young University-Idaho, it was elementary school kids who were chanting "Assasinate Obama" on the bus, leading a parent to wonder where these kids had gotten the chant from.

There likely will be a backlash; one already seems to be brewing; but Obama won the popular vote by over 6%--52.7% to 46% with 1.3% going to independent candidates, according to the Baltimore Sun and the AP, and these cro magnons can't depend on the image of them as the silent majority anymore to ensure compliance or acquiescence with their intimidation.

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