I hope this does not happen here!

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    Oct 17, 2008 3:31 PM GMT



    Man Shot for Wearing Obama T-Shirt
    Posted Oct 8th 2008 12:00PM by Jeff Douglas
    Filed under: BlackSpin, Elections, Barack Obama, Race and Civil Rights, News





    Police are searching for the man who shot a Barack Obama supporter three times in broad daylight for wearing an Obama T-shirt.

    Any guess where this senseless shooting happened? It wasn't in the Jim Crow south, a trailer park or even Jena, Louisiana. It was in London. This VOTE OR DIE business is real, folks.

    According to the Daily Mail, Dube Egwuatu was buying a cell phone card when a British white skinhead with a gun confronted him for wearing a 'Believe' Obama shirt.

    The man then launched into a tirade of racist slurs, shouting "I f***ing hate n*****s" and urging 36-year-old Mr. Egwuatu to leave the shop with him, according to the paper. ...



    Trying to prevent a confrontation with the irate man threatening violence with a bb gun, Egwuatu even zipped up his jacket to cover the image of Obama and walked to his car.

    The suspect, who has not been captured, shot a gas-powered bb pistol three times, hitting the victim in the face, hand and shoulder.

    Egwuatu survived and raced away in his car, looking for help. A piece of metal from the bullet had to be removed from his jaw.

    Egwuatu told the Daily Mail: "The venom in his voice was frightening. He was telling me that he was going to kill me."

    So if you asked me which country is MORE racist overall, the U.S. or the U.K.? I'd say the U.K., not unlike the rest of xenophobic Europe. Lots of folks might disagree with this, given our country's long, sad history of institutionalized racism, and the covert racism that exists today.

    I've only visited London once, for a few days back in 2001, but in that short time it was clear to me that broad-daylight racism was not nearly as taboo across the pond as it is here in the states. I observed some of the most venomous and racist graffiti while there. I also witnessed white supremacists and skinheads wearing their stripes in the open.

    Sure, racism is STILL alive and well in the U.S. I guess what I'm saying is, I'm not very surprised to hear this happened in London and not L.A. or New York.








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    Oct 17, 2008 5:21 PM GMT
    Ah Good Ol' Jolly England.. the birthplace of racism :-)

    (please note I AM being facetious!)
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    Oct 17, 2008 6:58 PM GMT
    I don't think this one incident makes the UK any more/less racist than anywhere else. Sad situation for sure. Plus, given the election, I can see the focus on the shirt. But, I doubt it had anything to do with him wearing an Obama shirt. Sounds like that crazy was gonna do it because of the victims race not his shirt. icon_cry.gif
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    Oct 17, 2008 7:13 PM GMT
    Barricade saidI don't think this one incident makes the UK any more/less racist than anywhere else. Sad situation for sure. Plus, given the election, I can see the focus on the shirt. But, I doubt it had anything to do with him wearing an Obama shirt. Sounds like that crazy was gonna do it because of the victims race not his shirt. icon_cry.gif


    According to this article and interview with the victim, Egwuatu believes it was definitely because of the shirt.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1070975/Man-shot-times-street-racist-gunman--wearing-Barack-Obama-T-shirt.html?ITO=1490
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    Oct 17, 2008 7:13 PM GMT
    Actually, Barricade, if you watch the documentary film BATTY MAN, about the violence and even rise of murders that have been commited against Black Gay people in England and Jamaica recently, you might think differently.

    This type of thing has been on the rise in England for several years now. It wasn't nearly as prevalent to see sexist or racist crimes against others in England as recently as the 1990's, but now it's getting truly out of control.

    Google the film BATTY MAN. It's a real eye-opener!
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    Oct 17, 2008 7:20 PM GMT
    The main reason America is thought of as being a racist country is because it's about the only place where racism makes headlines. Actually it's one of the LEAST racist countries I've been to. Europe tends to be ridiculously provincial; the average middle class Brit is even prejudiced against Greeks and Italians! Asia - no qualms at all about publicly stereotyping and ridiculing whites, blacks, and other Asians for mainstream entertainment. Australia - well, that's just too easy.

    Racism exists everywhere. I hope this doesn't surprise anybody.
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    Oct 17, 2008 8:52 PM GMT
    Remember Toht's line to Marion in Raiders of The Lost Ark?

    "You Americans, you're all the same: always overdressing for the wrong occasions!"

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    Oct 17, 2008 9:36 PM GMT
    As a British citizen, I hung my head in shame and embarrassment over this racist issue. The white skinhead involved is a craven coward and not an Englishman, and he is much lower than any animal. Animals only kill to eat, it's the law of the jungle. But this guy is a complete pervert, and brings our country down to its lowest depths of shame.
    Although I am not an American, I am behind Barack Obama becoming President. If ever there was a black man who had shown courage and grit in his campaigns, and that as far as I know, had never been done by a black man before, it is him. (Other than Martin Luther King.) Even if he loses the election, (and I hope he wins) he is to be credited for his courage, intelligence and bravery.
    What a contrast to that sick idiot in London! White supremacy? Don't make me laugh! This guy has proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that they belong to the lunatic asylum, and he is not worth the food that is wasted on him.
    We in Britain are still smarting from the murder of Stephen Lawrence in South London back in 1998. He was the black student who was set upon by a gang of white youths while he was waiting alone at a bus stop. They were never convicted of the murder because the Metropolitan Police, who were meant to deal with this case, were "institutional racist", and thought it better to sweep the whole thing under the carpet.
    Ironically, the Daily Mail newspaper has journalists and collumnists who lament over the loss of the British Empire and with it, the notion that the British were the master race. It is this notion that was behind the murder of Stephen Lawrence, the riots that occur in international football (soccer) matches, and that idiot in London.
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    Oct 17, 2008 10:21 PM GMT
    It's already happened here and it's going to get much worse before the election is over -- not so much racially motivated, although Obama's race is a factor:

    We've had a democratic chairman murdered in Arkansas by a right wing nut job:
    http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/08/13/arkansas.shooting/index.html

    We've had another gunman go on a killing spree at a 'liberal' church:
    http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/jul/28/church-shooting-police-find-manifesto-suspects-car/

    And there's a concerted effort by the McCain/Palin campaign to raise the level of anger in their already-unhinged crowds using the very worst 'scorched-earth', erroneous and deliberately manipulative and violent rhetoric ever heard in this country :
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/06/AR2008100602935.html

    Small wonder that rabid partisans shout 'KILL HIM!' and 'TERRORIST!' at McCain/Palin rallies.

    Obama's already been hung in effigy. Can the real thing against one of his supporters be that far behind?
    http://www.local12.com/mostpopular/story.aspx?content_id=39c3f3ee-24f8-4126-9ea8-f8b18ef1c2d1