Since the historic re-election of President Barack Obama, in which Obama received 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206, the First Family has received an outpouring of love and support from supporters across the nation. But not everyone is happy the President will remain our commander-in-chief.
In the days following the election, racist comments on Facebook and Twitter have emerged:
i really want to meet obama someday just so i can call him a nigger—
Shelly (@Shelly_Smyth) November 08, 2012
One of the more controversial comments came from 22-year-old Denise Helms. NBCNews.com reports Helms was fired from Cold Stone Creamery, after calling the president the N-Word on her Facebook page. The Turlock, Calif., native, who was a manager at the ice cream chain, went on to add, “Maybe he’ll get assassinated this term!”
In a follow-up interview, Helms showed little remorse for her racial comments:
“I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal,” she said. “The assassination part is kind of harsh. I’m not saying like I would go do that or anything like that, by any means, but if it was to happen, I don’t think I’d care one bit.”
Watch Helms disturbing comments here:
While hate speech unfortunately isn’t a surprise, the surplus of derogatory comments in the President’s second term is alarming. According to Floatingsheep.com, which mapped racist tweets since Obama’s re-election, Alabama and Mississippi had the highest rate of hate speech since Nov. 6. Other southern states with high-racist comments included Georgia, Louisiana, and Tennessee.
Young people have also joined in on the racist commentary, which was highlighted in a recent story by Jezebel‘s Tracie Egan Morrissey.
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Calling the president a nigger don't change the fact that he got these votes and snatched wigs for a second time. Stay mad.—
Jimmy Zbornak (@theeJAISTER) November 07, 2012
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