Hatred Lives: Racism Could Sway the 2012 U. S. Election

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Credit R. Wallace "Wally" Hudson, chairman of the Mecklenburg County (Va.) Republican Committee, with demonstrating how new social media platforms can broadcast ancient hates.

The Post reported this week that the county GOP's Facebook page had displayed for months photos portraying President Obama as a witch doctor, a caveman and a drug dealer.

Ah, life in post-racial America.

Virginia's Republican Party chairman, Pat Mullins, ordered the offensive photos be taken down. But Hudson, who acknowledged posting most of the images, stood his ground, saying he didn't see what all the fuss was about. "We know our regular readers, who are good conservatives," he told The Post on Tuesday. "They're gonna get a kick out of it."

Who better than Ol' Wally to know?

Sadly, the Mecklenburg GOP's disgusting images -- which have since been removed -- are not an isolated case of ugliness.

Baylor University assistant professor Mia Moody did a study of social media stereotyping of Barack and Michelle Obama; her findings appeared in the journal New Media & Culture.

Moody researched hundreds of Facebook groups and pages. She found numerous examples of the president and the first lady being targeted with racist and sexist rhetoric that, not surprisingly, also indirectly spread hatred toward women and blacks.

She uncovered pages with titles such as "I don't discriminate, I hate the white part of Obama too," and "Yes, I hate Obama because he's black."

She also found groups that claimed to be motivated only by politics but whose sites still led to racist rhetoric.

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SOURCE: The Washington Post
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