A photo of an anti-Obama bumper sticker is circulating the social media world that couldn’t be more repulsive. The sticker reads “Don’t Re-Nig in 2012” in bold letters.
According to ABC News, a website called “Stumpy’s Stickers” designed the sticker, though other media outlets credit a sticker-maker Paula Smith with the sticker’s creation.
Stunningly, Smith doesn’t think the inference to the N word is racist. “The n-word does not mean black. [It means] … sorry, low down person… And besides, Obama is not even black. He’s got a mixture of race,” Smith said in an interview with Forbes magazine.
While there are legitimate reasons to oppose the president and his policies, harmful and racist rhetoric in any form clouds the arguments. The Tea Party, the Republican Party, The Republican Liberty Caucus, American Majority, The Heritage Foundation, et al should soundly denounce any reference to race and then immediately offer positive solutions for the state of our nation.
Whether it was Paula Smith or “Grandpa Stumpy” that created the sticker is of no consequence. Smith’s website was on the verge of collapse due to lack of sales. Stumpy’s Stickers wasn’t particularly successful either. Thankfully, this sticker and it’s shameful creators are going viral for the right reasons; to point out the hideousness of their thinking.