Racial tensions are escalating as the presidential election draws closer. Across the country, anti-Obama vandals are stealing Obama campaign yard signs by the thousands. In Lubbock, Texas, vandals have gone a step further by shooting up the familiar red white and blue yard signs.
“There have been problems before but it’s gotten really out of hand,” Lubbock Democratic Party Chair Kenny Ketner told Lubbockonline.com. “The quantity of signs vandalized and stolen is already out of control, and now the type of vandalism has crossed a hateful line.”
“Over half a dozen of the larger signs have been stolen, vandalized or shot,” said Ketner. “And as of about 1 a.m. this morning we can add hate to the list.”
Ketner encourages residents to call the police, even if officers are slow to respond to calls about stolen yard signs.
“I want to encourage the Lubbock Police Department not to dismiss these reports or delay in the response to the reports,” said Ketner. “Waiting hours on a police officer who may or may not show up and may or may not take the problem seriously is unacceptable.”
In unrelated news, a black woman is in critical condition at LSU Medical Center after she was doused with an accelerant and set on fire. The FBI is investigating the case as a so-called “hate crime” because the woman was allegedly wearing an Obama t-shirt when she was set alight.
However, various media outlets have dismissed the Obama connection, saying it is simply not true.
The woman, Sharmeka Moffitt, called 911 from a park around 8 p.m. She told police she was attacked by three men wearing white hoodies. Police say Moffitt’s car was spray painted with “racial slurs,” which police did not specify.
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