Saturday, October 10, 2009
This is just getting ridiculous. I'm sorry if this seems like a silly question but, what exactly would a person have to do or say these days to be considered a racist?
Case and point: Patrick Lanzo owns a restaurant in Paulding County, Georgia. His restaurant has a mannequin dressed as a Klansman. The sign out front says, "Obama's plan for health-care: nigger rig it." Wow I think that might be his attempt at rhyming no? (More here. ) To my surprise, Mr. Lanzo says, he's not a racist. Yes, because I'm sure your sign would have used the N word if we were talking about President Hillary Clinton's healthcare reform plan.
Um...excuse me Mr. Lanzo but I'm pretty sure having a make believe Klansman and a sign with the N world in a publicly displayed message out in front of your establishment makes you a racist. Unless, of course we aren't considering people who dislike other races of people to be racist anymore? Did I miss something? I mean does he think he's not a racist because he doesn't actually WEAR the Klan outfit and burn crosses at night (assuming for the moment that he doesn't since we don not know for sure)?
I've been waiting for this. All of the dog whistle language being thrown around up until this point has had the benefit of NOT being so obvious, allowing the person saying or agreeing with it to confidently claim no racial bias. There are those that think that as long as they do not utter that word, everything else is just fine.
If this guy is not a racist, then we need to come up with a new word for folks who don't like black people.
Yeah this is totally not racist. (More info on this new flag being circulated here.) Apparently, it's been marked down from $24.95 to $14.95. Hate is cheap!