The big papers print it all, right?
Well, they’ve certainly published their share of pro-Obama op-eds, front-page stories about the war in Afghanistan, and maps that show how all the rural red counties turned blue last Tuesday. Subscribers love reading about how Obama’s win has ushered in a new era and helped erase the black stain of slavery.
But there are plenty of people out there who don’t like it one bit that a black man is about to become leader of the free world.
For whatever reason, the national papers and wire services are ignoring the steady stream of local reports concerning post-election acts of racism. The only place to find them is in small-town papers. VF Daily scoured small-town America for news of these incidents. What we found may shock you.
• In Pulaski Township, Pennsylvania, a flag was hung upside down. [Times Online]
• In Midland, Michigan a man paraded through an intersection in a KKK robe. [MLive]
• A noose was hung from a tree at Baylor University. [Baylor Lariat]
• In Loxahatchee, Florida, a family home was covered in racist graffiti. [WPTV.com]
• A gunstore employee in Traverse City, Michigan hung a flag upside down. [Traverse City Record-Eagle]
• In Stokes County, N.C., a man crossed his flag with a black X and hung it upside down. [Winston-Salem Journal]
• At the University of Arizona, a cartoon with an individual using a racial slur against black people caused an uproar. [DailyWildcat.com]
• In Apolacon Township, Pennsylvania an interracial couple who supported Obama found a burned cross in their yard. [Star-Gazette]
• In Mount Desert Island, Maine black effigies were hung from nooses. [Bangor Daily News]