Racist Anti-Obama Bumper Sticker Goes Viral
Presidential campaign seasons have a knack for exposing the worst in people, and when one of the candidates is African American, certain members of his opposition are sometimes prone to express themselves in the ugliest of terms. Now, thanks to the proliferation of social media, it's hard for the ugliness to remain hidden.
Yesterday, one of my Facebook friends posted this image, of a car bearing a bumper sticker that reads: "Don't Re-Nig in 2012", and features the Obama logo with the circle-and-line-through-it symbol superimposed. The photo has gone viral.
Amid speculation that the image had actually been photoshopped by liberals looking to cry "racism!", the folks at Snopes did some good, old-fashioned internet snooping, and found several sites where the bumper sticker and other items featuring the slogan are being sold. (Hat tip to Geoff Harper -- an outstanding jazz musician, by the way -- for the Snopes link.) One of those sites, www.dontre-nig.com, has apparently exceeded its bandwidth limit, but I was able to grab a screen shot from another site found by Snopes where the bumper sticker is being sold. The promotional copy reads:
Show the world how you fee! (but be careful, you may hurt someone's feelings)
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The indefatigable Bill Schmalfeldt, who first brought to light the noxious Facebook page, Operation Burn Notice, noticed tee-shirts with the same slogan being sold on Zazzle -- and later discontinued -- last August. (After ditching the racist design, Zazzle refused to carry a design of Schmalfeldt that criticized certain outspoken "Christians" for their racist sentiment.)
As ugly as this is, I have a feeling that we ain't seen nothin' yet.
H/t David Weigel