Racism Alive In South Carolina, Columbia City Hall Vandalized With Racial Slurs

- By Bossip Staff

Racists defaced the City Hall building last night in Columbia, S.C., where two black candidates are among the candidates running for mayor in 2010.

Authorities say someone spray painted the racist graffiti sometime Tuesday night on the side of the building, which is located at Main and Laurel streets.

The slur said “No [expletive] mayor,” using an epithet known as the “N-word.” There are two announced African-American candidates running for mayor in 2010, attorney Steve Benjamin and retired Army Lt. Col. Gary Myers, Jr.

“It is so sad that with the number of difficult challenges faced by the city, I am commenting on racist graffiti,” Myers said Wednesday afternoon. “There is a very small segment of our society that does not want to move forward.”

The city acted quickly to wipe out any traces of the offensive words. A city work crew used a pressure washer to strip the paint off the Laurel Street side of the building.

City officials, including Mayor Bob Coble, held a news conference at 9:00am.

“This is not Columbia. This is not what Columbia stands for,” said Mayor Coble, who called the act cowardly. “This incident is not reflective our city.”

“Columbia will not allow the sick acts of a few to define or defile the beautiful soul of the whole, or stop progress in this Capital City,” continued Myers. “My message to them is that Columbia can be a great city and will move in that direction, with or without them.”

Mayor Coble said police will review surveillance cameras in the area as part of their investigation. There are several, including those at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court building next door and a traffic camera over the intersection.

Other candidates for mayor in 2010 include City Councilman Kirkman Finlay, businessman Joe Azar and attorney Steve Morrison. Mayor Coble will not run again, after serving five terms in office.

other accounts of the incident say the exact wording was actually “No ni**er mayor, die!” … which is a whole ‘nother ball game.

This is not the first embarrassment for South Carolina this year; back in June, Columbia resident and prominent GOP activist Rusty DePass compared U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama to an escaped gorilla; that same month Governor Mark Sanford resigned after he was discovered having an affair and in September Congressman Joe Wilson rudely interrupted President Obama addressing the nation on healthcare.


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  • Sylmarvelous

    Racism will never cease!

    • davon

      hey u look good

  • KeepNit2Real

    “Hey you niqqers, I don’t won’t chu tellin me haws zuh bout going on with my daughter, now, you hear? If I wanna have a relationship wiff that gurl, dat’s OUUUUUUUUUUUR bizniss! You Baptist niqqers’ll come in hur and try to make me murry someone I ain’ts fuhmilur with I’z reckons…”



  • http://bossip.com This some Shhh....

    Damn, I thought about moving there at one time.

  • TinkerBella

    Damn for real?!?! I live in Columbia,SC and wrk rite down da street from da City Hall… Dats jus pure sadness dat dis day in age we still have to deal wit things like dis… SMMFH when will it eva stop?!

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  • leah

    yeah they r prejudice i wud kno i live there

  • drenk


  • SirMatt

    I live in Columbia and I feel this act is completely out of character for this city. One jerk with racist views can cause a lot of pain and embarrassment. It’s sickening.

  • Grey Poupon

    Damn and I was just ranting to people about how great my state is… SMMFH…

  • Getitright

    Ummmmm–Mark Sanford hasn’t resigned as governor of South Carolina.

  • rothschild

    real talk are u tryin to be the modern day max headrom or something real real real talk???

  • http://www.laduidefenselawyers.com Joe

    Seriously, why will some people just not get it? We have a black president in office already, why is a black mayor (which has happened in many cities) still such an issue?

  • JSingle

    If that is not what SC represents, then why does the Confederate flag still fly over the State House in my home state??? Things that make you go hmmmm.

  • t

    they can do this bc they can. we dont stand 4 ish…permed up al might say something buts thats it. we just like to ignore ish. no militancy or activism. its not our fault tho. missing parents drugs all types of ish to distract us from focusing on the thing we most need to achieve… education…

  • ni99as are stupid

    when are ni99as gonna get it through there head that krackas don’t like you and they never will.

  • lmao!!!!

    Its Called JEALOUSY people…Whites are intimidated and jealous of us and nobody can tell me different.

  • frida

    The reality of the U.S. Census will once again prove that whites are quickly becoming a minority in the United States, and the percentage of African Americans will exceed the percentage of whites. So there!

  • erika love

    Charleston (Chucktown) is the BEST CITY in South Carolina….but SC is a racist state anyway!

  • Jamaquina.Cubana

    Rascism in S.Carolina!?
    S.Carolina, U.S.A!?
    Is this really ‘shockworthy’ news?!!

  • Jay

    This is not anything new in South Carolina! We didn’t win for Obama in case you forgot! The day after election in 08 was a funeral in SC. It was like the world had ended. This is one state that they do not do a good job at hiding their racism. This is a state building-where was the security? Was it security that did it? This is the same state that has put out people like Mark Sanford and the fool that yelled out “You lie!” Get real. This isn’t news-this is a damn shame! Go Gamecocks!

  • Lyn Ortiz

    People should stop saying that Whites are going to be the minorities of the world-they are not. Caucacian people are identified as Europeans, Latinos, Middle Eastern, Semetic/North-African-Jew/The ENTIRE continent of India, Russia and some part of North Asia.

    Scientifically as well as socially, Whites consider all of these people White even in America. All Mexicans are considered White-by law as written over 100years ago.

    The only thing considered “interracial” is Black and White relationships. If a White marries an Asian or Hispanic or Arab, it’s not considered Interracial and never has been.

  • BapBarbie

    They need to get a life!! Those slurs won’t stop our climb!!

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