December 28, 2012

In the news

A Kentucky man is in hot water after displaying a racist display of President Obama on his front lawn.
According to a local NBC affiliate, Dan Hafley of Casey County has displayed a mannequin of President Obama holding a piece of watermelon in front of his home. While interviewed by the local news, Hafley says that the mannequin was meant to be a "joke" and that it was simply free speech.
"The way I look at it, it's freedom of speech...I don't know how other people will take it."
Hafley continued to joke about the display, noting that many people even stop to take pictures.
"That's my buddy. He don't talk. Don't make no smart comments. If I had a dollar for everyone who stopped and took a picture of it I'd be a millionaire."
While Hafley laughs at his racist attempt at humor, not everyone thinks that the display is so humorous. A local neighbor voiced his displeasure, noting that African-Americans could be offended by viewing the display.
"We don't have black people in this community but I'm sure they travel this road like everybody else does. They could be offended. I don't agree with it."
This isn't the first time someone has put up a racist anti-Obama display. Earlier this year in New Jersey, the owner of a men's clothing store depicted President Obama as a witch doctor on his store window.
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Jerry Critter said...

"We don't have black people in this community..."

That's the shame of Casey County!

Old NFO said...

Funny how there was no outcry over the various 'joke' poses of Bush... I guess THAT was okay, since he was a white republican...

Mule Breath said...

I guess you have a point, NFO, although the most offensive characterizations of GWB that I can recall were making fun of his ears. There is one I found from an anti-war protest in D.C. depicting Bush with a Hitler moustache.

A quick Google pulled up a few unflattering Bush effigies being hanged or burned, but most were from outside the U.S. There were just as many Obama effigies in those same countries.

A similar search for Obama revealed dozens right here in the home of the brave, with almost all having some racial overtone, and that is the point of the story.

Effigies have been used across history as political protest speech. No problem with that, but sinking to racism is ridiculous, and that needs to be called out.