Five minutes after I returned home from the election night celebration with the Brazos County Democrats, as I was tuning the television to Barack Obama’s victory speech, three shots rang out. Gunmen fired into my dining room window, while my wife and 6-year-old daughter sat the table doing homework. They then smashed the rear window of my wife’s Durango before they sped off to the roar of a diesel engine.
I guess a segment of the fine law-and-order crowd in our Republican-dominated community couldn’t put up with the disappointment of losing an election, nor the presence among them of partisan Democrats who actually supported the idea of a black man becoming president. Perhaps that was too much to bear for the progeny of slave owners. So, they endangered my family’s life in order to release their violent inhibitions.
As chance would have it, the College Station police officer who responded was a African-American man. He assured us they had used a pellet gun, not a rifle, and informed us that there had been a spate of non-lethal election evening violence. We weren’t the only victims. That was of scant comfort to my young daughter, who didn’t want to sleep in her room that night because its large window looked out on the street.
I recall the politically astute Texags posters, babbling Limbaugh-Hanity-Coulter-speak, had predicted riots in black cities and neighborhoods nationwide should Senator Obama lose the election. Instead, the only violence occurred in god-fearing Aggieland. Just eight years ago, Democrats were tagged with the title of sore losers for contesting a 537-vote margin in Florida. Funny, though, I never heard of Sore-Losermen wielding a gun to work out their frustrations.
Update: Since this incident, it has come to light that a local thug has been shooting out the windows of cars all over town. He hit us again exactly one week after the election, blowing out the same back windshield of my wife’s Durango that had recently been repaired. Nevertheless, the policeman who took the report told me that our Obama for President signs probably attracted the three shots through our dining room window. His M.O. has been to shoot out the windows of vans and SUVs.