Right-Wingers Fear Post-Election Black Mob Riots
If you think America has entered a post-racial age just because a black person is president, think again. American racism is still alive and well and making up conspiracy theories about the upcoming
presidential election, and the latest gem involves a racist prediction for the 2012 Presidential election.
If Romney wins the election, the theory goes, there are going to be “mobs of blacks” rioting in the streets.
This theory was concocted on Infowars.com and picked up by the Drudge Report earlier this week. (We do not link to Drudge because it is against policy to link to pages that may be libelous or full of crap.) It has become part of the growing body of racist attacks on President Obama’s campaign that accuse the president of giving minorities free cellphones and using the example of Hurricane Katrina to foster a hatred of whites. These kinds of conspiracies are racist, illogical, and have no place in modern political discussions…
The conspiracy is originally based on a series of nine tweets found on Twitter accounts with black avatars. Purportedly, these are just a small sample; Infowars says there are “simply too
many [tweets] to track.” This type of reporting conjures up a barbarians-at-the-gates-of-Rome type of imagery.
So, let’s take a moment and think about this latest rumor. Let’s suppose that you read the article and decide that, as the writer suggests, there are hordes of blacks who will be pushed “to the brink of insanity” if Obama loses. What, then, can you do to protect America?
Well, you certainly can’t vote for Romney based on that argument – riots will erupt if he wins. But you can’t vote for the black-Kenyan-socialist-atheistic-Muslim Saddham-Hussein-worshipper either. Maybe the best option is to take a minute and recognize the overt racism in this particular conspiracy and promptly dismiss it.
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