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"KKK" Spray Painted on Obama Sign in Southwest Va.

Tim Craig

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is investigating the vandalism of a homemade Obama sign in Abingdon in Southwest Virginia as a possible hate crime, according to WJHL in the Tricities market.

In a video report posted on the station's website, Chris Johnson said someone spray painted "KKK Kill Bama" on the sign. Johnson said he made the sign for his 8-year-old stepson,who discovered the vandalism.

"If you don't like Obama because he's a black man and you come in the middle of the night and destroy my sign, then you are a coward," Johnson said in the report.

Johnson, who is white, said he will not be bullied. He now plans to erect even more homemade Obama signs on his property.

By Tim Craig  |  September 28, 2008; 12:11 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , Tim Craig  
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Comments

sad. plain and simple.

Posted by: guest | September 28, 2008 3:32 AM | Report abuse

I am surprised at the misspelling of Obama's name. Is this a further sign of the illiteracy problem in Virginia?

Posted by: D. Mon | September 28, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The Johnson guy could have done it himself for the press. He knows McCain Palin will garner over 80% of the vote in SWVA and would love to call it a race issue.

Posted by: B/S | September 28, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me the lack of correct spelling points to incest by this cowards mother and father who apparently were siblings.

Posted by: artaxxx1 | September 28, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Signs were recently banned from a rally in VA. I think this is an appalling suppression of free speech. Why does the Obama campaign get free passes on this stuff?
Every word is parsed on the other side, yet Obama bloopers like Arkansas being next to Illinois, and that Afganis speak Arabic are not newsworthy.
I really sick of this.

Posted by: cpabooks | September 29, 2008 2:54 AM | Report abuse

cpabooks must be trying to make people believe a falsehood about signs. They were NOT banned at the Fredericksburg rally. I saw some that were printed and some that were homemade. I saw people holding them, and they were people in the crowd that filled Ball Circle at UMW - not people with signs used as background. Free speech was certainly observed and cpabooks should get his or her facts straight. I guess it's hard for opponents and die hard Republicans to accept Obama's popularity.

Posted by: one who was there-again | September 29, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Man...It may be young kids or something acting out but still. That was pretty bad. I am surprised that more hate crimes haven't occurred especially after the anger that followed the Jena 6 crimes, but am thankful that its limited to sign defamation and the orderly handing out of flyers as was done in NJ (I think it was NJ). We can agree to disagree, I am happy there are no riots and no violence in the streets.

Posted by: ... | September 29, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

The comments concerning the education and intellengence of the sign maker are out of line and generaly offense. The "O" in Obama
was probably covered by the black spray paint applied by your KKK friends. What does that have to do with basic issues of incident which are the horrible hate and racism displayed-the threat given-and the ingorance shown. Shown first by the person or persons who did this, then shown by the person who's reaction was to attack the person who was attacked.

Posted by: ar | September 29, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

gbvrcgb h

Posted by: jytg6tb | October 2, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

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