Overt racism is increasing in the Trump era

And that includes joking about lynching:

The owner of a North Carolina racetrack advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale in a social media marketplace days after NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, who is Black, announced a noose had been found in his garage at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

Mike Fulp, the owner of the half-mile (0.8 km) 311 Speedway in Stokes County, made the pitch Wednesday on Facebook Marketplace: “Buy your Bubba Rope today for only $9.99 each, they come with a lifetime warranty and work great.’’

This idiot started out by posting a picture of a regular pull-rope (with one knot) on his garage door, implying Bubba Wallace had been overreacting. But the rope in Bubba's garage was a full-on noose, with 9-10 loops tied. This is just one of many instances of overt racism recently, coming on the footsteps of 3 Wilmington Police being fired for their violently racist conversations. But now it looks like 2 of those 3 had been in trouble before:

Gilmore, who was hired July 14, 1997, took a leave of absence without pay from Aug. 1-31, 2011. During that time period, according to work history provided by the city, Gilmore was demoted from corporal to officer.

The StarNews has requested documents in relation to Moore’s separation and Gilmore’s demotion, as well as all complaints filed against Moore, Gilmore, and Piner during their employment with the Wilmington Police Department.

Linda Thompson, the department’s public affairs officer, said no additional information or documentation can be released on the officers at this time due to a judge’s order.

A last-minute request, filed by the officers’ attorney, attempted to stop the release of information, but a judge sided with the city.

Under North Carolina public records law, personnel records are not typically matters of public record. “However, in exceptional cases, when it is essential to maintain public confidence in the administration of the City and the Police Department, more information may be released,” Williams wrote in a statement explaining why he chose to release more information than is usually made available.

So apparently it will be some time before we can find out if their previous suspensions were race-related. Film at eleven. Back to the news, where Wake Forest faculty are once again being subjected to bigoted attacks:

In a message posted to the school's website, Nathan Hatch said about 500 Wake Forest staff members were on a Zoom call on Wednesday when unidentified hackers disrupted it, the Winston-Salem Journal reported Thursday.

The university’s information technology staff is trying to track down the origin of the attack, Hatch said, adding that it appears that the hackers gained access to the meeting from a link posted publicly online that also contained the meeting’s password.

“This was a traumatizing experience for many on the call, especially our Black colleagues, and it reinforces that we all have a role to play in protecting each other and our community from those who would seek to force their hatred upon us,” Hatch wrote.

Last September, a number of Wake Forest professors and staff members received racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic emails that called for the purging of ethnic minorities and LGBT students. School employees who got the emails worked in the university’s sociology and gender studies departments and in offices and centers that work on diversity matters.

This has been going on for way too long, it's only a matter of time before the perpetrators escalate into actual violence. SBI, FBI, or whoever they can get, need to launch a formal investigation and track these nitwits down.

And last but not least, there's the casual racism espoused by the uninformed in letters to the editor:

The brutal killing of George Floyd was inexcusable.

However, the more brutal act is the abandonment of black children and mothers by fathers who take no responsibility for the children they bring into this world.

Seventy-two percent of black children are born into one-parent households.

You can tear down all the statues you wish; you can burn up all the neighborhoods you wish; you can march until the cows come home; but it will have zero effect on black poverty until fatherhood is valued by black men.

This same old white dude recently wrote an LTE about how voter ID simply couldn't be racist, because everybody had to comply. The Greensboro News & Record should be ashamed to print such ignorant nonsense, but the truth is, a lot of older white people in NC think this way. And they're getting bolder about making their views known.