Friday, September 18, 2009
Racist or Crazy?
I missed the Million Teabagger March in DC last week, but it has been all over the news. Part of the fun has been reading all the deranged signs various protesters brought with them. Ignited by Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst, some of the controversy has been over how much of the opposition to Obama has been motivated by racial animosity and how much is just genuine political difference.
Unlike Jimmy Carter, I'm willing to give most people the benefit of the doubt. My second favorite Avenue Q song is "We're All A Little Bit Racist". Nothing in American discourse is completely divorced from racial issues, but we can do our best to keep things in the background.
So I have come up with a new game. I'm going to show a bunch of photos from the 912 protest and you have to decide whether the sign holder is racist or just plain crazy. Again, I admit that these are taken wholly out of context and are probably not representative of most Americans or even the majority of Glenn Beck listeners.
1. Oprah The Puppet Master
2. African Lion:
4. Santa's Little Helper
4. Kenyan Birth Certificate
5. Trigger Happy
6. Spreading The Wealth
7. Unarmed and Dangerous
8. Strange Fruit and the Liberty Tree
9. Cap And Trade
10. Mr. President
11. Mein Fuhrer
12. Where's The Beef?
Hat tip to Malnurtured Snay who saw these guys on the Metro. Methinks they doth protest too much.
All photos are from this Flickr account and are copyrighted by the original photographer.
Thanks for playing our game at home and come again.