I couldn’t believe my eyes. It is hard not to wince in pain when you see it. Surely, I thought, this is a tasteless digitally edited bumper sticker joke. The Facebook photo that went viral recently showed a silver car with a red, white, and blue sticker featuring the famous Obama emblem and the following text:
Don’t Re-Nig In 2012. Stop repeat offenders. Don’t re-elect Obama!
Sadly, it was real. Far worse, it wasn’t just one hatefully creative racist bigot making a sticker, it was commercially produced and available on the web. A company named Stumpy’s Stickers offered this and several other shockingly offensive anti-Obama stickers. Curiously, after all the attention to their vile products, the website quietly vanished. Vile things don’t like the light of day.
So, what do we have here? Someone racist enough to dream up this slogan and disgusting enough to make it into stickers and then sell them. On top of that, we have people who are willing to buy them and put them on their cars. Anyone still think we live in a post-racist America? How sad that our country has so far to go regarding racism and civil rights for all.