Previously: Wecome to post-racial America
A letter to the editor was published in the Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal on Monday, August 16th, with the heading “Racism targets Obama”:
Racism is alive and directed at our president.
Two very offensive racist bumper stickers were sent to the Johnson County Democrats PO box in Warrensburg. One had the donkey symbol with a strike-out mark and the words “2010 – Don’t renig.” The other had the initials BP above an oil blob and a photo of President Obama, with the words “Slickest and blackest disaster in US history.” I turned the second one in to post office staff to register a complaint with the post master, and kept the first in case people didn’t believe me.
I hope that local republican and conservatives are as offended as I am, and will speak out publicly to disavow these racist bumper stickers. Some people believe conservatives are closet (or not) racists and this is why. Please prove them wrong by speaking out against racism.
Jane VanSant, chair, Johnson County Democratic Committee
[with permission of the letter writer]
Curiously, the letter doesn’t appear to be available on-line.
It turns out that a local republican office holder did speak out and then some:
…The letter to the editor regarding the bumper stickers called for local Republicans to speak out against racism, which I will gladly do, Rep. Hoskins said…
…No one has taken credit for sending the bumper stickers Rep. Hoskins continued, I was offended that the tone of the letter clearly implied that conservatives tend to be racists and therefore must have been the ones responsible for sending the bumper stickers. I have friends, business acquaintances, House colleagues, Johnson County Central Committee members and family of different colors. While I am clearly a conservative Republican, I am confident that I am the norm and not reflecting the attitude implied by the letter to the editor. Its ironic the very narrow-mindedness the letter speaks against is the same narrow-mindedness it projects by stereotyping conservatives as racists…
That’s right, because liberals and progressives would have every reason to anonymously send bumper stickers to the local Democratic Party post office box.
And, apparently, when victims ask others to speak out it’s their fault.
“…I hope that local republican and conservatives are as offended as I am, and will speak out publicly to disavow these racist bumper stickers. Some people believe conservatives are closet (or not) racists and this is why. Please prove them wrong by speaking out against racism…”
Uh, you did say you were offended and you did speak out. So, according to the letter writer you proved some people wrong. Is this a problem? Just asking.