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Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in 2012 Elections, Crime, Law, Politics | 6 comments

Anti-Democrat Violence in Texas

[Note: The author of this post lives in Texas.]
An email just came in from the chairman of the Texas Democratic Party detailing the latest vandalism and violence in Lubbock.

On Tuesday night, just mere hours after I addressed Democratic supporters at an Early Vote rally in Lubbock County, a local Democrat was assaulted by four men vandalizing Democratic and Obama yard signs.

Lubbock has experienced a high level of recent vandalism targeting Democratic yard signs. Hundreds of Obama yard signs have been stolen from neighborhoods all across Lubbock. Over half a dozen large 4×4 and 4×8 signs have been stolen, vandalized, or shot. And two 4×4 signs were vandalized with the n-word written multiple times and mustard sprayed all over the signs.

On Tuesday night, Leo Flores watched over some signs with a video camera. Just days prior, Lubbock Republican Party County Chair Carl Tepper had said, “I have a weird suspicion that the Democrats might have damaged their own signs. It’s an outlandish story.”

Leo wanted to capture proof that Democrats in Lubbock County were being targeted, and to disprove the absurd Republican talking point that they had caused the vandalism themselves.

At about 2a.m. four men drove up to attack the signs. Leo was there with his camera on, and called 911. The vandals then jumped in their truck and went to where Leo stood. They attempted to take his camera and punched the volunteer in his face. Throughout all of this, Leo kept his camera on.

The Lubbock police have now released that video…

Down here in west central Texas, things seem to be calmer — though a lot of Obama signs have been vandalized, according to reports…

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Of course, racism plays its nasty role in this… And, of course, the Republicans in Lubbock would like to brush this off… And, finally, no charges have been filed.

The Lubbock County Democrats turned the video over to Lubbock Police Wednesday after filing a police report. No charges have been filed against the men in the video.

“This is beyond a partisan thing, even though that is wrapped up in this, we still need to talk about this because it is not okay to call someone a racial slur,” said Lubbock County Democrat Chair Kenny Ketner.

Ketner and Flores both say that not only is it an issue that people are still vandalizing signs, but a bigger issue is the use of racial slurs.

“I think the public needs to see this so that we can have that serious discussion about racism,” said Ketner.

“We need to talk about this in the city, and address this racial problems, secret racial problems that we have in the city,” said Flores.

Lubbock County Republican Chair Carl Tepper said he hopes this issue can be put behind everyone now that police are involved. …EverythingLubbock.com

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I admit there have been times when I’ve hoped Obama would lose — for his own safety. If he wins, I don’t think the anger,threats, and violence are going to go away. If anything, they’ll probably get worse.

Cross-posted from Prairie Weather

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  • sheknows

    The response from the Republican party chair is soooo typical of that racist thinking. Yeah, the Dems wanted to destroy the very signs they went to the trouble of putting up just so they could,… they could…what now??? Of course the film footage disputes that…but no charges were filed. Not for the vandalism, and not for the attack. Look, racism existed LONG before this election, we know that. This election merely provides a new excuse for the hatred and ignorance to manifest. I agree with the author about the presidents safety, and it is a major concern to many I’m sure. The violence may not be widespread ( yet), but the thinking is pervasive throughout.

  • zusa1

    They look like teenagers.

  • sheknows

    yeah, the victim said they were college students. Too bad they have been learning such hateful lessons from childhood.

  • zusa1

    That’s presumptuous. They are at an age where kids typically rebel. I remember when I was that age that my parents were the dumbest people on the planet. I also remember doing a lot of stupid regrettable things. We have no idea how they were raised. I have 2 college kids that lean liberal even though I’m conservative.

  • sheknows

    But Z, we all rebelled as teenagers. We did not however run around spewing racial slurs and committing acts of violence. If I am presuming, so be it. But I PRESUME that this sort of behavior is learned…by watching, and listening and feeling what those around you do. Perhaps it’s “friends”, perhaps it’s family..but they learned this thinking somewhere along the way.

  • PW

    Zusai: Their age is a fair point if we’re talking about, say, drinking too much or being mouthy pains. But racism and violence can’t be included in the “just kids” excuse. Areas of the Texas Panhandle — to which Lubbock is a gateway — have a history, some of it very recent, of racism. The perps have included all ages and genders and, more the point, also members of law enforcement.

    http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/tuliatexas/resources/tulia_discussion.pdf

    I don’t in the least imagine that this racism is a Texas thing, or just a southern thing. People group-identify. One group identification could be described as those who “know” how America is “really meant to be…” That exclusionary thinking can be found north, south, east, and west and historically has tried to sideline all kinds of people.

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