Since President-Elect Barack Obama began his run to be President of the United States, threats against him have trickled in like drops of rain. From Jerry Blanchard, a Charlotte accountant who got his head examined after allegedly making threats against Obama and his family to four N.C. State students who wrote racist graffiti on a wall at the school.
As early as May, security for then Senator Obama had to be ramped up. If a "mainstream" Georgia paper printed this image of Obama ...
... what's going on in cyberspace, where hate can go unchecked until there is a serious threat? How have hate groups reacted to the election of the first black president?
There is the Obama sucks Web site, which also has a link to an online petition to impeach Obama. Here's a sample of what's on the site:
Well fellow Americans, it is a sad time in American politics. We will have a President with no experience and questionable policies. It's time to stand up for your rights. Contact your local rep and urge them to begin the Impeachment process. This man cannot be allowed to run our beloved Country.
The Anti-Defamation League collected these thoughts from hate groups after Obama's election:
On a radio show on the white supremacist Internet forum Stormfront soon after Barack Obama's win, anti-Semite and racist David Duke announced, "I really believe tonight is a night of tragedy and sadness for our people in many ways [we've lost] the fundamental values of the United States of America the country is not recognizable any more."
Hal Turner, a New Jersey-based white supremacist, wrote on his blog that "America committed national suicide tonight because we turned control of this nation over to inferior people who, in the history of the world, have never created or maintained the kind of advanced nation that we White people created here."
On the neo-Nazi Vanguard News Network forum, "Wild_Bill_Hyde" declared that America was now "OFFICIALLY DEAD!"
The Occidental Observer, an online magazine connected to the racist journal The Occidental Quarterly, posted an editorial on the election, calling it "the worst of all possible results." It said that white people who attended Obama's victory rally in Chicago were "pathetic" and argued that Obama will likely institute "quota-style affirmative action and transfer payments that will alienate whites in droves."
Racists posting to the white supremacist Internet forum Ni--ermania appeared somewhat more resigned. A person using the screen-name "KOS" declared, "America will become another third-world sh-thole like Africa if it is run by people like Barack Hussein Obama and other minorities." Another extremist, posting as "Himmler SS," wrote, "America [sic] flags should be flown upside down as the international symbol of distress." "Anti-Nigram added, "It's a nightmare I can't shake myself out of...We may not be perfect for being a bit 'racist' but God forgive us our flaws and help us survive these dark times to come ...
But as hate groups hope Obama's election will swell their membership roles, groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center say:
It may be that the hatemongers are wrong, that Americans better angels will prevail and the changes that are sweeping America will not result in a growing rage on the right. But experience tells us that while we hope for the best, we also must prepare for what could be a dangerous, racially motivated backlash of hate.