Apparently, Digby and I are thinking the same thing. In a response to this post about the anti-Obama bear killing, I wrote that I was worried about violence against Obama supporters.
But, by way of digby, apparently the government is concerned that black people will riot if Obama loses. I’m far more worried about the opposite happening: if Obama wins, Obama supporters will be targeted with arson (or worse), black churches and Democratic party headquarters will be firebombed, and so on (I’m sure there are other ‘targets’ that I haven’t thought of). Given all of the low grade vandalism and harassment that has occurred so far (here’s a new example by way of Madame Wev), all it would take is the wrong set of circumstances and things could get ugly.
For all of the trauma associated with the 1960s riots, we seem to have forgotten that most race riots in the U.S. have been instigated by whites against non-whites–and that any one of these riots did far more damage in terms of lives lost and the annihilation of communities than the riots of the 1960s did.
Let me make it clear: I don’t think we’ll see another Tulsa or Rosewood, but I wouldn’t be surprised if, in certain parts of the country, we see that things get very…unfriendly towards Democrats.
This is what happens after forty years of the Politics of the Other, the Politics of the Southern Strategy.
I hope I’m wrong about this, but, in my limited experience, when it comes to determining how badly people will suck, I’m usually not.