Since people still like to believe we are in some form of post-racial utopia as we’ve elected a black president, some folks just aren’t convinced.
From Fox 5 Atlanta:
Residents are upset about a sign in Paulding County that uses a racial slur to refer to President Barack Obama.
The sign, in front of the Georgia Peach Oyster Bar on Highway 113, uses the n-word to refer to President Obama.
“This world is supposed to be a peaceful world, not a world with hatred. This shouldn’t be here today,” said Carl Norman.
“He needs to wake up and realize it’s 2012,” said Dexter Murr.
Bar owner Patrick Lanzo says he’s posted controversial signs outside his bar and restaurant for 26 years and says he’s practicing free speech.
“I say just because you’re offended by it doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to say something just the opposite,” said Lanzo.
Lanzo said he doesn’t feel any remorse over the sign.
“I don’t feel bad about anything whatsoever. Therefore, they can go out and put their own sign in their own yard and I will not be offended,” said Lanzo.
Here’s a screen shot of sign that contains the racial epithet, which was posted on Black Media Scoop (and is a news report of the TV station I referenced above):
Hm…okay, so if I were to put a sign on my lawn or place of business that said, “Kill whitey,” he wouldn’t be offended. I find that BS hard to believe. Some residents also expressed distaste in the message:
Everybody’s entitled to own thought, it’s not something I’d put in front of mine, but everybody’s got their own opinions about everything,” said Sherry Roew.
Some said they were afraid of the perception the sign gives Paulding County.
“I think it’s terrible,” said Carol Zimmerman.
Paulding County Administrator Mike Jones says he’s well aware of the sign and considers it repulsive, embarrassing and offensive. He says if there was something they could do about it, it wouldn’t be there.
When I first read the story, I knew the name struck a bell. When I did a search on my blog, I found this entry I made about the same guy posting the same kind of racial hatred message on his place of business. From the October 2009 article cited above:
“We’re strictly about free speech,” Lanzo says, “but we’re labeled racist.”
The current sign, which has been outside the Georgia Peach Museum and Restaurant for about six months, takes a critical stand against President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan.
But it’s not just a simple message. It contains an “n” word many see as a racial slur. Find that offensive? Well just keep on driving, says Lanzo, who has run the bar for 22 years.
Lanzo contends the word is only labeled “racist” when it’s uttered by a white person. Similarly, he says white people referring to themselves as “crackers” aren’t labeled racists.
Racist or not, it’s a word Lanzo uses often. Many of the statements on his signs have included the word.
“We’re not at all racist,” says his 19-year-old daughter, Brandi. “We have black people come here all the time. We’re not ugly people.”
Later in the article, Lanzo goes on to say he doesn’t “give a rat’s butt” about Obama’s race and welcomes customers to not only patronize his place of business, but he also welcomed people to call him a cracker because he’ll be just fine with that.
While Lanzo’s behavior is completely unacceptable and repulsive, this man, who is no doubt a racist, is indicative of the race-based backlash the good ol U.S. of A has witnessed with Obama’s win. It’s also a shining example of how far we are from the so-called post-racial society whiteness likes to force upon us.