Man beaten for wearing Obama shirt

By David Edwards
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 8:51 EDT
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KSLA reported:

“A 32-year-old Shreveport man is now recovering at home after he says he was badly beaten at a west Shreveport gas station for wearing a Barack Obama t-shirt.”

“Kaylon Johnson says he now has a broken nose and eye socket after the brutal attack that he says was racially motivated and brought on by the t-shirt. ‘They were screaming ‘f’ Obama, f***. Obama something about a n**** president, basically you know I was hit.’”

“This all happened Saturday night around 11:30 at the Citgo on Industrial Drive off of I-20. He says he had already pumped gas and was walking out of the store with a drink when he was attacked. “Seem like some red necks, they’re pretty big guys and they were blasting music or whatever, mean by the time I turned around and looked at him they were on me.” Johnson says all he remembers after that was hitting his car door.”

“Johnson has been heavily involved in the Obama campaign and has even opened up a store on North Market where he sells Obama shirts. He says the beating will not distract him. ‘Things go on every day and all this seems is it shows that we do have purpose throughout the campaign and we still have work to do after the campaign.’”

KSLA has more details here

This video is from KSLA, broadcast Dec. 8, 2008.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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