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Jack Ohman, Portland Oregonian
Five acts of vandalism have scared some of these residents that showed their support for Barack Obama. Signs torn down, hate graffiti, vehicles spray painted, and trees – this happened late Saturday night in south Torrance.
Vandals attacked homes that displayed support for President-elect Obama, spray-painting cars, walls, trees and campaign signs with swastikas and racial slurs. One Hollywood Riviera resident awakened to find a large Nazi symbol on a tree, the N-word across her garage door and the phrase “Go back to Africa” scrawled across a front wall.
“They had painted a big swastika on my car and spray-painted out my bumper sticker,” she said Monday. “It was pretty shocking. Immediately my heart began racing.” One couple who live near Calle Mayor found the words “Hitler” and “Nazi” painted in black on their Volkswagen.
The Torrance police Sgt. Bernard Anderson is trying to decide if this is aimed at the individuals or a political issue. Basically, he has to determine if these attacks should be labeled as hate crimes, then they could possibly be felonies. Which is what I’m hoping the Sgt. decides.
Each of the targeted residences displayed Obama campaign signs in their front yards or bumper stickers on their cars. All of the victims were white.
“God forbid these people come back again,” said a Southwood resident who found four Swastikas and a symbol for “Heil Hitler” on her car. “I was shocked and appalled and just frightened that this would happen in this day and age.”
In fact, the ADL believes that these attacks should be taken seriously. The Anti-Defamation League issued a Press Release yesterday. They are reporting some alarming facts and monitoring White Supremacists very closely.
This is an absolutely gorgeous song by Mary Chapin Carpenter. It makes me think of the soldiers who are separated from their families, thousands of miles away, and their families who wait and worry in their absence as they serve this country. This is for them.
We need to support the troops by bringing them home, to provide the care they need after they get home, and end the insanity brought on by George Bush and Dick Cheney. It is my fervent hope and prayer that President Barack Obama will be the man to make it happen.
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