Michael Crawford

White McCain Mob Intimidates Black Voters

Filed By Michael Crawford | October 21, 2008 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: John McCain, racism, Republican mob, Sarah Palin, voter suppression

As people tried to exercise their right to vote in North Carolina on Sunday, an angry crowd of mostly white McCain supporters heckled them shouting anti-Obama slogans.

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This attempt to scare and intimidate the line of mostly Black voters occurred hours after an Obama rally during which the tires of at least 30 cars parked outside of the Obama rally were slashed.

Sarah Revis, who lives on Wilkes Road, said the slashed tires left several women, including a single mother and a toddler, stranded and upset. At least four tow trucks were sent to move the vehicles from the Crown, Revis said.

"This is an embarrassment to this city and to me as a citizen," Revis said. "I've seen women out here crying and men cussing. This is a crying shame."

Lynne Steenstra said she thought that the slashings were scare tactics designed to keep her and others from supporting Obama.

In the last few weeks McCain supporters have become increasingly hostile as McCain's campaign has continued to lose ground to Sen. Obama. We have seen McCain supporters shout "kill him" when Sen. Obama's name is mentioned at campaign rallies, McCain staff compare Sen. Obama to Hitler and an "Obama"-labeled ghost hung in effigy in a McCain supporters yard.

As I said yesterday, Prepare for McCain to Go Postal.

In sheer desperation the Republican Party is doing what it does best: voter intimidation, slanderous robo-calls, appeals to racism and xenophobia and voter suppression techniques.

Expect things to get even worse.

A dead bear was found dumped this morning on the Western Carolina University campus, draped with a pair of Obama campaign signs, university police said.

Maintenance workers reported about 7:45 a.m. finding a 75-pound bear cub dumped at the roundabout near the Catamount statute at the entrance to campus, said Tom Johnson, chief of university police.

"It looked like it had been shot in the head as best we can tell. A couple of Obama campaign signs had been stapled together and stuck over its head," Johnson said.

McCain and Sarah Palin have whipped their supporters into a messianic frenzy in which open expressions of racism and intolerance are not only accepted, but encouraged.

They and their surrogates have divided the country into Americans who are "pro-American" and those of us, with differing political views, who are not.

They have divided the American people into those that venerate McCain/Palin and their white is right-wing ideology and terrorist-loving apostates out to destroy America, kill babies and turn your four year old gay.

In doing so McCain and Palin, have shown that they have no intention of putting country first, but instead are more than willing to stoke the fires of prejudice and bigotry to get elected.

Rep. John Lewis was right when he said:

What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse.

George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights.

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"I can foresee the Negro vote being the decisive one in national election."

Dr. Martin Luther King

And that's what scares the racists among us.

This is an old TransGriot post that discusses my own experience with GOP vote suppression tactics back home in Houston during the 1984 presidential election.


McCain and Sarah Palin have whipped their supporters into a messianic frenzy in which open expressions of racism and intolerance are not only accepted, but encouraged.

Remember when they were claiming Obama thought he was the Messiah? Oh, the tide has changed.

Robert Ganshorn | October 22, 2008 12:08 PM

Michael, this is a paragraph from my unpublished book about growing up in Indiana.

...Michigan City Indiana, where a Black person did not have a "china man's chance." Having thought about it for some time, I believe this type of knee-jerk acceptance of inequality was on Robert Kennedy's mind when he came to Michigan City on April 15. 1968. He arrived just eleven days after the killing of Martin Luther King. Kennedy, had kept rioting from occurring in Indianapolis at that time by direct public appeals to politicians, Black leaders, churches and the public to remain calm in the face of the loss of the most prominent African=American leader in history. There was no Caucasian leader in that time with greater influence in Black affairs. Kennedy is credited with saving lives and whole neighborhoods in Indianapolis to this very day by his appeals for calm. Rioting had occurred coast to coast, but not in Indianapolis, which was, and still is, a very racially divided city. Despite the know flaws of his family, Robert Kennedy was something special..."I can think of no greater way to uplift all American than to eliminate all inadequate housing in this country and replace substandard housing such as I have seen even en route to speak with you today"...the assembled crowds of Catholic Democrats did not cheer..."Yes, I said inadequate. It is wrong for a Great Nation to have inadequate housing anywhere."...Kennedy was dead six weeks later.

I was in that crowd just before turning 15, and witnessed that reluctance to be inclusive. Have we learned anything in 40 years?