Obama reelection inspires racist election night rallies

Racially-fueled anti-Obama demonstrations broke out at various colleges and universities in the American South on election night, after the president's reelection was called. Counter-demonstrations by other students, urging tolerance and an end to racism, followed.


  1. dear other southerners, please stop displaying your ignorance in public, it really makes the majority of us down here who don’t hate everyone look bad. hate exists everywhere, but we seem to get singled out a lot and you aren’t helping. if you refuse to stop being ridiculous, at least do it in private so that the rest of us can stop being labeled as racists. thanks.

    1. Thank you. Every four years, I get an incredible urge to leave the South by any means necessary. I’ve constructed a little tolerant bubble of friends and coworkers, so it’s always shocking when people openly weep about the reelection of a black president or put Roy Moore back in office by popular vote. I’m sad to say almost all Southern political issues really do boil down to bigotry. I’m not sure what I can do about it besides move.

      1. Also a resident of the South I feel the same way, and see it all too frequently. But both of you remind me of something very important: we’re not all like that. And I don’t feel I should be compelled to move because of the people who are bigots and who are opposed to science because they feel it has a “liberal bias”.

        Sometimes when I criticize the politics of the area where I live people ask, “Why don’t you move?” As I’ve often said, though, I don’t because this is my home. I’m aware that the roof leaks, everything needs to be repainted, and the foundation is cracked. And even though it may be beyond the power even of all of us who are aware of these problems that doesn’t change the fact that there are also many things about my home that I love.

        1. Thanks, I needed that. :) I’m also strongly motivated to stay by the fact that moving a thousand miles would be a holy pain in the ass.

          1. eh. it’s not nearly as bad as the press makes it out to be, but it’s here. of course, it’s also in every state in the country in some form or another, but because of our past we tend to get the brunt of the news coverage. i don’t live in mississippi tho, so it could be worse there than in georgia.

            i really couldn’t live without boiled peanuts tho.

  2. Glad to see the counter-demonstration.  I know I said some not-so-nice things offline about Ole Miss after the first protests.  Probably shouldn’t have generalized.

    1. And the number of students at the racist riot who were pepper-sprayed and arrested is……?



      Don’t be silly.  They was just funnin.

  3. The GOP can deny all they want that they are not the party of racism and bigotry, but their ugly past is quite clearly not in the past. IMHO, they insist they are a “big tent” and not the party of white people because they truly believe the lie themselves.

  4. Blar, really? We’re still doing this? Glad to see the counter-protesters outnumbered the bigots. 

    1. I’m glad to say they’re far outnumbered at Klan rallies as well.

      (Oh, but sorry to say that we still have the occasional Klan rally.)

      1.  when i moved out to college they were listed in the phone book. i grew up in georgia and that still shocked me. i always figured they were more of an underground organization.

  5. I would not be surprised to see the “United” States dissolve in my lifetime. Either you’re Repub or Democrat, black or white, north or south, Christian or atheist. This idea that you are either for us or against us is tearing the country apart.

    “The south will rise again”, indeed… (btw – is that phrase inherently racist? Treasonous maybe, but racist?)

    1. The U.S. won’t dissolve. There aren’t enough Southerners in the South to leave the U.S. Everyone in the suburbs of the major Southern cities is from the North.

    2. I will be the first to say I could be wrong, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that whether “The south will rise again” is inherently racist depends on who’s saying it.

      There are some Southerners who feel that the region or their home state should have greater autonomy. They may simply be ignorant of the racist implications of the Confederate flags they proudly wave, or they may not care because they’re really not interested in bringing back segregation or slavery. (To clarify, I’m not defending the practice, but I think I understand the mindset of some people who do it.) These are people who think of the Civil War not as a war over slavery, but merely over states’ rights. They believe they’ve been denied privileges and freedoms by “Washington”, although they often have a hard time citing specifics. These are people who see even the mildest attempts to curb their behavior–HOV lanes, for instance–as government tyranny.

      And, let’s face it, there are still plenty who would be happy to go back to the “simpler times” when segregation or even slavery was the law of the land. They don’t necessarily all don white hoods, but they have pointed little minds.

      And just in case it’s not clear I’m not in either camp.

  6. The South depends on Federal largesse more than the rest of the country anyway.  As soon as they have that taken away and have to put as much of their taxes toward revenue as we do…..well you can imagine..

    1. I’ve seen the maps.  In fairness, I wonder how much of that Federal largesse is really going to retired Northerners in the Sun Belt collecting Social Security and receiving Medicare benefits.  In short, I wonder how much of that actually goes directly to people who identify as Southerners.

      1. I suspect quite a bit of it is also in the form of assistance to farmers. I drive around here, though, and can tell you one thing with certainty: it sure as hell ain’t goin’ to road maintenance!

      2. Nah, welfare, AG subsidies, and think of all the military for starters.

        I should clarify that it isn’t just The South, but Red States in general.

      3. Oh please. What percentage of the Southern population is made up of “retired Northerners?” You can’t just make up hypothetical questions and put them out there as if they had some weight behind them.

        Here, let’s try it. Mississippi gets more than twice from the Federal Government what it gives in taxes. Meanwhile, Mississippi is near the very bottom of the states with immigration from other states, with a total of just 2.3% of it’s population moving in from outside the state last year. These are certainly not all retirees, but even if they were, does this mean that these 2.3% are responsible for consuming the entire output of the state?

        Poverty, subsidies for agriculture and in-state retirees are guaranteed to each get more benefits from the Federal government than them damn Yankees coming down and retiring.

        1. This.  I was going to comment similarly regarding Alabama, but you got here first.  Well said.

  7. Racism is everywhere, although more so in the southern US but you will find everywhere is this world.  It is the irrational hatred of something different.  Maybe at one time in the long past it was a survival trait, “They are a different tribe, clan, etc., they will rape our women and take our stuff”. Now it is just plain idiotic and has become a non-survival trait which needs to disappear.   Times do change but very slowly and I do not have answer to this problem.  Do you???

    1. Over the next several generations, all the people of the world should get together and boink themselves beige.

      1. “Keep mixing the races until we’re all the same grayish color — then there’ll be no more racism, once we’re all the same shade, man. ‘Hey, gray!’ ‘Who you callin’ gray, gray?’ And then we’ll actually be able to hate someone for the person that they are.”
        -Tom Rhodes

      2. That theory has been deprecated.  A very white person and a very black person won’t necessarily produce a bunch of medium brown children.

        1. That’s interesting! I suppose I should have asked myself why, if that sort of thing is possible, it hasn’t happened already. Just as well. It would be a fake fix for racism at the cost of all that variety.

  8. Oh deep south, is there any hope when these are your college and university students? FFS, they can’t find some injustice to protest? 

    Shouldn’t they be railing against… shit they have it so good. 

    1. It’s right in Xeni’s link………

      The Tuesday night protest grew to about 400 students after Obama was re-elected. Some shouted, “The South will rise again” during the protest, eyewitnesses and university police officials told The Clarion-Ledger. Others used racial slurs. An Obama campaign sign was also burned. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ole-students-hold-candlelight-march-counter-anti-obama-demonstration-article-1.1198946#ixzz2BkTGsiHE

      1. Honestly, if the South truly wants to secede, I’d let them. It’d make the rest of the country wealthier and saner. Let them taste what their backward ideas eventually lead to.

        1. Indeed. And we also have Chik-fil-A, of course.

          I thought Cracker Barrel was especially stupid for discriminating against black people, given that everything on their menu is essentially soul food.

          1. Chik-fil-A, Cracker Barrel… Wait, do we have any chains that aren’t associated with discrimination?

        2. More to the point, who the fuck would keep their crackers in a barrel? They would just be a mass of crumbs.

          1. Good point.  Also, assuming the barrel is completely full of crackers, they’d go stale months before you could finish them, especially in the Southern humidity.

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