I heard something disturbing last night about some pre-Obama election tension in Florida. My little sister is a school teacher somewhere around orlando, and the day of the election, there were fights on the playground and weird tension … black teachers congregating in one side of the teacher’s lounge, whites on the other (where normally there wasn’t that kind of division). My sister, not having grown up in a racially-charged environment, asked someone what was going on, and the response was “if Obama doesn’t win, they’ve promised race riots. you should go home and stay indoors after you vote, regardless of who you vote for”.
Out here in the podunk valleys a little more inland from the left coast, i hadn’t heard any such thing. In fact, most everyone here didn’t care one way or the other what race he claimed to be … race just isn’t something we spend our time worrying about.
Anyway, here are the best of (most interesting) links i could find on the subject:
1. from a pro-black racist: http://www.byroncrawford.com/2008/11/black-people-wi.html He quotes a survey where the majority who responded suggested there would be a race riot if McCain won, though he himself didn’t think that would happen. One of the comments on his blog, however, stated the following: