Photographer Joe Eddins and I headed over to the closest one and found a steady line of voters hoping to cast ballots early. Most seemed to be Obama supporters and several had come from the rally. Nearly all the voters were black.
Also at the polling site was a group of loud and angry protesters who shouted and mocked the voters as they walked in. Nearly all were white.
As you can see from these videos, no one held anything back. People were shouting about Obama’s acknowledged cocaine use as a young man, abortion and one man used the word “terrorist.” They also were complaining that Sundays are for church, not voting.
Of course there’s no way to tell who some people standing on a line are going to vote for. You can, however, tell whether or not the people standing on the line are mostly black and decide you want to stage a protest against the abomination that is black people exercising the franchise. As Boyd observes “These folks are going beyond the McCain campaign’s previous attempt to demonize ACORN and doing something that looks very much like voter intimidation — especially disturbing considering the history of racist violence surrounding voting in the South.”