"Someone once said racism is like cancer. It's never totally wiped out, it's in remission," William Ferris, senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina.
Grant Griffin, a 46-year-old white Georgia native, expressed similar sentiments: "I believe our nation is ruined and has been for several decades and the election of Obama is merely the culmination of the change.
"If you had real change it would involve all the members of (Obama's) church being deported," he said.
Four North Carolina State University students admitted writing anti-Obama comments in a tunnel designated for free speech expression, including one that said: "Let's shoot that (N-word) in the head."
At Standish, Maine, a sign inside the Oak Hill General Store read: "Osama Obama Shotgun Pool." Customers could sign up to bet $1 on a date when Obama would be killed. "Stabbing, shooting, roadside bombs, they all count," the sign said. At the bottom of the marker board was written "Let's hope someone wins."
(In) the Los Angeles area... swastikas, racial slurs and "Go Back To Africa" were spray painted on sidewalks, houses and cars.
For all of the (rightful) celebration that a new era has come in America, we are reminded that yesterday is still with us. And now I understand something much more profound than sociological explanations or theological underpinnings... I understand how it feels to read the article and hear those words directed at me and my family. And it hurts like hell.