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Will there be election day riots if Mitt Romney wins? Liberals like to denigrate anyone who asks this question, but in the back of their minds they know it’s a distinct possibility, and they’re probably also perplexed that nobody is worried that conservatives will riot in the streets even if Romney loses.
Walter Williams addressed this back in February, and it’s been sitting in the back of everyone’s mind probably since President Obama was first elected. Everyone has just been sitting around waiting for someone else to say it so that they can be labeled a tin-foil hat conspiracy theorist. The thing about the race riot charge is that it could work both ways.
Ann Coulter believes that white liberals stoke fears of black riots in order to get whites to vote for liberal candidates. Liberals believe that conservatives demagogue this in order to scare whites to the polls. The two ideologies have different theories about how conservatives will respond to the fear of race riots.
Local police will certainly be on watch, mostly in places like Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and Richmond, Virginia. And because the police are prepared, riots are less likely be sparked. However, if critical mass is reached and a large riot ensues, it could spread throughout the country. Twitter will help.
I think that if Obama loses it will be worse than any singular riotous outburst. A deep, seething anger will cause many more isolated incidents of black-on-white violence. There won’t be a major riot to point to, but there will be an uptick in yobbery stretched out over several months which will just be swept under the rug by the mainstream media. Unless attackers shout “That’s for Obama,” these stories will be eraced in typical fashion.