Las Vegas Sun: Anger, Fear and Racism Follow Palin Rally

Las Vegas Sun (10/26/08)

Anger, Fear and Racism Follow Palin Rally

Oct 22, 2008 (6:54 p.m.).  A group of 10-20 Obama backers gathered in front of Henderson Pavilion’s gates during Gov. Sarah Palin’s speech. As McCain/Palin supporters exited the rally, many became enraged at the sight of the protest. Photo by Leila Navidi.

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Minnesota Independent: Video: On Obama, misperceptions, racism guide some rural Ohio voters

Minnesota Independent

Video: On Obama, misperceptions, racism guide some rural Ohio voters

Al Jazeera English recently traveled to Ohio to ask voters to share thoughts on Sen. Barack Obama. What they found were wildly inaccurate and often racist beliefs about the Illinois Democrat:

“I’m afraid if he wins, the black will take over.”

“He’s not a Christian. This is a Christian nation!”

“He must support terrorists.”

“I’m concerned Obama and his wife could be anti-white.”

“I don’t like the fact that he thinks white people are trash because we’re not.”

Earlier: A May 2008 Al Jazeera report from eastern Kentucky featured similar responses

 

Think Progress: Sacramento County GOP removes website materials urging people to ‘Waterboard Barack Obama.’

Think Progress

Sacramento County GOP removes website materials urging people to ‘Waterboard Barack Obama.’

The chairman of the Sacramento County Republican party, Craig MacGlashan, told the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday, “Some people find it offensive, others do not. I cannot comment on how people interpret things.” Earlier this week, the chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, Jeffrey M. Frederick, also compared Obama to bin Laden.

Media Matters: Cunningham: “I think there will be 100 cities burning if Barack loses. Yeah, that’s what the black intelligentsia says”

Media Matters

Cunningham: “I think there will be 100 cities burning if Barack loses. Yeah, that’s what the black intelligentsia says”

 Radio host Bill Cunningham stated: “I think there will be 100 cities burning if Barack loses. Yeah, that’s what the black intelligentsia says.” Cunningham also asserted that “Flavor Flav, 50 Cent, and Diddy” are “really in charge of the [Obama] Inaugural [Ball].”

Jack&Jill Politics: Tell McCain to End the Politics of Hate

Jack&Jill Politics

Tell McCain to End the Politics of Hate

Color of Change and Brave New Films have just released a new video documenting the McCain-Palin strategy of formenting hate and fear at their rallies. This video flies in the face of Jonah Goldberg’s claim in the LA Times that “Obama’s Getting Off Easy”. When did you hear anyone calling out “Kill Him” at a Bush in reference to John Kerry. Please. This appeal to the lynch mob mentality as a Get Out the GOP Vote strategy has got to stop.  I’ve signed the Open Letter asking the McCain-Palin campaign to stand down on this rhetoric lest real violence erupt before election day among their supporters. Will you consider signing too? There’s a lively comment stream going on over on YouTube btw – 94 comments to 431 views. Take a look andjoin the conversation.

Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire: McCain Pledges to Bring Up Ayers in Debate

Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire

McCain Pledges to Bring Up Ayers in Debate

It appears Sen. John McCain will take Sen. Barack Obama up on his challenge.

In an interview on a St. Louis radio station, McCain said Obama’s comments that “I didn’t have the guts” to talk about William Ayers in the last presidential debate have “probably ensured” that the former 1960s radical will come up in Wednesday’s debate.

Boston Globe: McCain plays the race card

Boston Globe

McCain plays the race card

HAVING FAILED to convince voters that they represent a break from the tragic Bush presidency, Republican presidential candidate John McCain and vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin are careening into George Wallace territory to destroy the nation’s first African-American nominee, Democrat Barack Obama.

How close? When Wallace, best known as the segregationist governor of Alabama, ran for president in 1968, supporters at a rally at Madison Square Garden surrounded black protesters and screamed – as recounted on PBS’ American Experience website – “Kill ’em, Kill ’em, Kill ’em.” At a Florida rally this week, according to TheWashington Post, the crowd got so worked up by Palin’s attacks on Obama’s patriotism and the media that one supporter shouted “Kill him!” Another supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African-American sound man and added for emphasis, “Sit down, boy.”

Democratic Congressman John Lewis of Georgia voiced alarm about this over the weekend.

Agence France Presse reported that the Secret Service dropped the investigation on “Kill him!” because it could not determine if the threat was actually uttered, and if so whether it was meant for Obama or Bill Ayers, the 1960s radical-turned-professor whom the right is desperate to link to Obama. But ugly innuendoes are flying in from all corners of the McCain camp.