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Man in London shot for wearing Obama shirt

From Evening Standard:

Dube Egwuatu was buying a mobile telephone top-up card in a south London off-licence when the gunman confronted him and glared at the top, which carries an image of the Democrat US presidential candidate underneath the legend "Believe".

The man then launched into a tirade of racist slurs, shouting: "I f***ing hate n*****s" and urging 36-year-old Mr Egwuatu to leave the shop with him.

The man then left the shop in South Norwood but when Mr Egwuatu reemerged, the attacker was waiting for him in broad daylight with a threateninglooking [sic] dog and holding a gun behind his back.

Realising what had sparked the increasingly violent assault, the terrified Mr Egwuatu zipped up his jacket to cover the image of Mr Obama and walked to his car.

But the shaven-headed man followed Mr Egwuatu and after pulling open the passenger door pointed the gun at him.

After pleading with the man to leave him alone, the married former street warden put the keys in the ignition and turned the engine on.

The attacker then fired the gaspowered ball-bearing pistol three times, hitting the civil servant in the face, hand and shoulder.

Fearing for his life and bleeding heavily, Mr Egwuatu raced away in his car and found somewhere safe to call for help.

He was taken to hospital and later sent to have a piece of metal removed from his jaw.

Mr Egwuatu, a data analyst with Croydon Council, said: "The venom in his voice was frightening.

"He was telling me that he was going to kill me.

"I couldn't believe it was happening - and just because I was wearing an Obama T-shirt. He was trying to make me walk somewhere quieter, saying: 'I've got something for you,' and 'I'm going to kill you.'"

He added: "Obama inspires me, his educational track record alone is quite unbelievable, that is why I was wearing the T-shirt.

"I did not think for one minute it could stir up such powerful feelings of hatred and I never said a word to him."

Mr Egwuatu's wife, Angela, 35, said neither of them had experienced anything like it during their childhood in Nigeria.

Mrs Egwuatu, an immigration officer, said: "At first my feelings were pure horror and now it is pure anger.

"If he had been carrying a real gun I would have been a widow. It is just ridiculous."

This. Is. Scary. If something like that can happen in the UK, what in the world should we expect in the States with all the hate mongering going on right now? I feel like I'm getting a glimpse of the sixties or something. Time to pray, y'all.

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The comments under the article sound a lot like some of the stuff I've read right here in America. Here's a couple: Is anyone really surprised? We have "Black Month", black awards for people who have NOT committed crimes (go figure), the black only awards (MOBO), the black only police federation who are instructing blacks not take responsibility in this society and join the force, a black only Law Society, a minority-centric politically-correct government, corrupt black officials who worked for the last major wanting black only schools, employment policies which state a certain percentage of employees have to be black, a media, especially the BBC, who "positively" discriminate against whites, cannot remember the last new reporter or presenter who was white, open days for the fire brigade for blacks only, and on and on ... Funny I thought we were supposed to fighting for equality? Isn't the idea that someone's colour should not matter? Quite frankly as one of the 90% white populace, I am sick to death of it. Racism is a two way street by the way and this PC media, will never report racist attacks of black on white. - Frank, Home Counties, England. --------------------------------- Why do these comments not surprise me? Clear racist attack and folks are trying to reverse it. SMDH. What is happening to London? Obviously the thought of an president of African descent is making folks quake in their SUV's. Shame on you all. This man could have lost his life, yet all you seem to be interested in is trying to justify the perpetrators behaviour. Which part of 'I hate ******' did you not understand? - Zora, London

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LatashaWillis
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2008-10-09T19:01:06-06:00
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With that in mind, I might need to hold back on the one I plan to wear if Obama wins.

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Walt
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2008-10-10T09:37:53-06:00

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