Republican bar owner calls Obama a N****r on road sign

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    May 03, 2012 9:17 PM GMT
    Huffington PostGeorgia bar owner Patrick Lanzo of Paulding County has made habit of claiming he's not racist, an argument that becomes harder to make each time he decides to display the n-word on a large roadside sign outside his establishment, the Georgia Peach Oyster Bar.

    Lanzo's latest message reads, "I do not support the n***** in the White House." He recently told a local reporter that the offensive wording was not meant to be racist.

    "I say just because you're offended by it doesn't mean you don't have the right to say something just the opposite,” Lanzo said, according to a report from Atlanta's Fox 5. “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.”

    Controversy is nothing new to Lanzo, who seems to bask in the negative attention each time he posts a new inflammatory message.

    In 2009, Lanzo drew outrage with a sign that read, "Obama's plan for health-care: n***** rig it." Again Lanzo maintained it was just a simple health care protest and not racist, a strange claim considering he advertises his establishment as a "Klan Bar" and has a rich history of catering to some of the nation's most notorious racist groups.

    Asked why he had chosen those words to express his feelings on the matter, Lanzo replied, "Well, I've used it most of my life. There are different ways to put your opinion up, but that's just the words I choose."

    Fox 5 reports that Paulding County officials know about the sign, but can't do much about it. Unsuccessful protests have also been mounted by the NAACP, a group that Lanzo once told CBS Atlanta he was a member of. From previous coverage of his actions, his sign has been a longstanding issue in the area, as have the strange displays of prominent black leaders alongside racist imagery inside his bar.

    Lanzo isn't the first "not-racist" to protest against Obama with language that many would consider patently racist. Paula Smith, creator of the much-maligned "Don't re-nig in 2012" anti-Obama bumper stickers, argued that neither she nor her product were actually racist.
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    May 03, 2012 9:18 PM GMT
    Banner week for the Republican Party, home of anti-gay homophobes and good ole fashioned racists.

    Extremists have taken over the party of Lincoln and Eisenhower.
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    May 03, 2012 9:33 PM GMT
    Ol' Patty, the gift that keeps on giving 'round these parts.

    Patty Loonzo"I say just because you're offended by it doesn't mean you don't have the right to say something just the opposite.”


    There really needs to be a False Equivalency Olympics these days. You'd think Pee Wee Herman would be their Jeebus with their circular "I know you are but what am I?" retorts.

    What is the "opposite" of "I do not support the n***** in the White House," exactly, Patrick? And why would that not be equally racist?

    As an aside, I don't have the numbers in front of me, but Paulding County is becoming the 2000s version of Cobb County (fastest growth in minority homeowners, and maybe population) in Georgia, which I trust is chapping the azz of Mr. "What, Me, Racist?" with each "SOLD" sign going up. Poor thing.
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    May 03, 2012 9:34 PM GMT
    What century are we in, again?
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    May 03, 2012 9:46 PM GMT
    dayumm saidPaulding County is becoming the 2000s version of Cobb County (fastest growth in minority homeowners, and maybe population) in Georgia, which I trust is chapping the azz of Mr. "What, Me, Racist?" with each "SOLD" sign going up. Poor thing.


    What I find most interesting about the extremism of the paleoconservatives who have pushed moderates of the Republican party is their racism and homophobia, but how they play dumb when confronted with the fact of it AND how they think their "who me?" act is actually fooling anybody.
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    May 03, 2012 10:10 PM GMT
    Boss Hawg would be proud.
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    May 03, 2012 10:33 PM GMT
    I looked at the article and could not find any reference to his political party. How do you know he is a Republican, having given such emphasis to it especially in the thread title?
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    May 03, 2012 10:44 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidI looked at the article and could not find any reference to his political party. How do you know he is a Republican, having given such emphasis to it especially in the thread title?


    The same way we know he's not black. Duhhh icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 03, 2012 10:52 PM GMT
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    socalfitness saidI looked at the article and could not find any reference to his political party. How do you know he is a Republican, having given such emphasis to it especially in the thread title?


    The same way we know he's not black. Duhhh icon_rolleyes.gif


    But but but he's an NAACP member! After all, he told us!
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    May 03, 2012 11:17 PM GMT
    A classic and distasteful example of how free speech gives people the rope to hang themselves.
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    May 04, 2012 12:17 AM GMT
    TroyAthlete said
    dayumm saidPaulding County is becoming the 2000s version of Cobb County (fastest growth in minority homeowners, and maybe population) in Georgia, which I trust is chapping the azz of Mr. "What, Me, Racist?" with each "SOLD" sign going up. Poor thing.


    What I find most interesting about the extremism of the paleoconservatives who have pushed moderates of the Republican party is their racism and homophobia, but how they play dumb when confronted with the fact of it AND how they think their "who me?" act is actually fooling anybody.


    So how is it any different than when i drive my work truck through black neighborhoods where there are "recall Walker" signs in yards. You would not believe some of the filth that comes out of young kids mouths not to mention rocks being thrown at my truck.

    Its funny how you see things so one-sided
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    May 04, 2012 12:24 AM GMT
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    TroyAthlete said
    dayumm saidPaulding County is becoming the 2000s version of Cobb County (fastest growth in minority homeowners, and maybe population) in Georgia, which I trust is chapping the azz of Mr. "What, Me, Racist?" with each "SOLD" sign going up. Poor thing.


    What I find most interesting about the extremism of the paleoconservatives who have pushed moderates of the Republican party is their racism and homophobia, but how they play dumb when confronted with the fact of it AND how they think their "who me?" act is actually fooling anybody.


    So how is it any different than when i drive my work truck through black neighborhoods where there are "recall Walker" signs in yards. You would not believe some of the filth that comes out of young kids mouths not to mention rocks being thrown at my truck.

    Its funny how you see things so one-sided


    So you're saying that putting a yard sign with the word "nigger" is morally equivalent to one saying "recall walker"?
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    May 04, 2012 12:28 AM GMT
    No, racism runs both ways, thats all i am saying. Dont put words into my mouth
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    May 04, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    jock_1 said

    So how is it any different than when i drive my work truck through black neighborhoods where there are "recall Walker" signs in yards. You would not believe some of the filth that comes out of young kids mouths not to mention rocks being thrown at my truck.

    Its funny how you see things so one-sided


    It's not: all racist behavior are despicable.

    You will have to try again to bring up a false equivalency in a failed attempt to 1) change the subject and 2) get me to be as morally inconsistent as right wing Republicans, whose views on racism are dependent on color and politics.

    Unlike you, mine views on racism are dependent on my belief that racism is always wrong. Therefore, when people point out racism I simply say "yeah, that's wrong" not "b-b-b-b- [insert other person] did it too."

    Nice try though.
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    May 04, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    TigerTimSo you're saying that putting a yard sign with the word "nigger" is morally equivalent to one saying "recall walker"?

    jock_1 saidNo, racism runs both ways

    Forgive me, then, if I miss the parallel.

    I also don't see a parallel between what "young kids" allegedly say and what a business owner posts.
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    May 04, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
    Wolverine4 saidForgive me, then, if I miss the parallel.

    I also don't see a parallel between what "young kids" allegedly say and what a business owner posts.

    young kids usually learn from adults.
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    May 04, 2012 12:39 AM GMT
    jock_1 saidyoung kids usually learn from adults.

    Thanks for clearing that up.
    Guess these young kids learned this from the adult business owner.
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    May 04, 2012 12:41 AM GMT
    jock_1, I think you're trolling.

    "recall Walker" = "I do not support the n***** in the White House."

    Really?

    Srsly?

    O.o

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    May 04, 2012 12:44 AM GMT
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    jock_1 saidyoung kids usually learn from adults.

    Thanks for clearing that up.
    Guess these young kids learned this from the adult business owner.


    No, no, what's clear is that because young kids in Wisconsin said [we don]t know what] about Scott Walker, that makes this racist road sign totally okay or something.

    This is the mind of the modern right-wing Republican, haha.
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    May 04, 2012 12:48 AM GMT
    jock_1 saidNo, racism runs both ways, thats all i am saying. Dont put words into my mouth


    I'm merely asking you to actually make a point, rather than an aspersion. You placed two acts next to one another, inviting us to make some sort of comparison. The question is: what comparison precisely are you trying to make?
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    May 04, 2012 12:48 AM GMT
    yes, now democrats can read minds. you guys are good
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    May 04, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
    jock_1, I'm now curious as well.

    "So how is it any different than when i drive my work truck through black neighborhoods where there are "recall Walker" signs in yards. "

    Explain what you mean by 'how is it any different'

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    May 04, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
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    jock_1 saidNo, racism runs both ways, thats all i am saying. Dont put words into my mouth


    I'm merely asking you to actually make a point, rather than an aspersion. You placed two acts next to one another, inviting us to make some sort of comparison. The question is: what comparison precisely are you trying to make?


    You're playing with fire. RealJock right wingers believe they are about 100x more clever than they actually are, and they do not like it when you point out the holes in their right wing talking points.

    You will not get a straight answer, just lots of "who me?" evasion and playing the victim.
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    May 04, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    socalfitness saidI looked at the article and could not find any reference to his political party. How do you know he is a Republican, having given such emphasis to it especially in the thread title?

    Not that I was expecting any kind of response, but stereotyping can work different ways. If I hear of someone robbing a bank, I can label him as black. Or if I hear of someone on welfare, I can label him as black. Or if I hear of a black person at a university, I can say he got there only because of sports or affirmative action. Life is so much simpler if we can just go ahead and label people. I can also say all black people have chips on their shoulder. That works too, and we see it demonstrated on RJ.
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    May 04, 2012 1:07 AM GMT
    While it is true that individual racism can (and does) run both ways, institutional/societal racism does not (outside of a microcosm).

    The comparison is as absurd as whitewashing homophobia/heterosexism because somewhere you might find gay guys saying negative things about "breeders" or show favortism to gays in hiring.