And the hits just keep on coming. From the Austin-American Stateman:

Crosses burning. Children chanting, “Assassinate Obama.” Racial epithets scrawled on homes and cars.

Reports of incidents such as those across the country are dampening the glow of racial progress and harmony that bloomed after the election of Democrat Barack Obama, an African American, to the presidency.

From California to Maine, police have documented a range of incidents, including vandalism, threats and at least one physical attack. There have been “hundreds” of incidents since the election, many more than usual, said Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes.

In Snellville, Ga., Denene Millner said that a day after the election, a boy on a school bus told her 9-year-old daughter that he hoped “Obama gets assassinated.” That night, Millner said, someone trashed her sister-in-law’s front lawn, mangled the Obama lawn signs and left two pizza boxes filled with human feces outside the front door.

“It definitely makes you look a little different at the people who you live with,” said Millner, who is black. “And makes you wonder what they’re capable of and what they’re really thinking.”

Looks like the Secret Service is going to be kept very busy for the next eight years.  And the pundits on TV yammering that the election of the first African-American President has ended racism and bigotry in this country, all of you can drink your six-packs of STHU while I sell you Ted Stevens’ Bridge to Nowhere on this one.

Other incidents include:

• Four North Carolina State University students admitted writing anti-Obama comments in a tunnel designated for free expression.

• In Standish, Maine, a sign in the Oak Hill General Store said, “Osama Obama Shotgun Pool.” Customers could sign up to bet $1 on a date when Obama would be killed. “Stabbing, shooting, roadside bombs, they all count,” the sign said.

• Elementary students on a school bus in Rexburg, Idaho, chanted, “Assassinate Obama,” a district official said.

• University of Alabama professor Marsha Houston said a poster of the Obama family was ripped off her office door. A replacement poster was defaced with a death threat and a racial slur, she said.

• Alie Kamara, a black teen in New York, said that on election night he was attacked with a bat by four white men who shouted, “Obama.” Police said Saturday that two 18-year-old white men were arrested Friday. Ralph Nicoletti and Bryan Garaventa face charges of hate-crime assault and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

Emotions are often raw after political campaigns, and for some of those on the losing side, black people are an easy target for their anger, an expert said.

“The principle is very simple,” said BJ Gallagher, a sociologist. “If I can’t hurt the person I’m angry at, then I’ll vent my anger on a substitute, i.e., someone of the same race.

“We saw the same thing happen after the 9/11 attacks as a wave of anti-Muslim violence swept the country.”

Shyt.  Does that mean I have to start packing cans of whip-ass with me wherever I go these days, from here on in?

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