Friday, March 16, 2012

Republican Racism Example # 37: More Racist Bumperstickers (An Update)

Almost three weeks ago, I blogged about Republican racist products on the internet, including bumperstickers and t-shirts that parodied the sunrise logo from the 2008 Obama election campaign emblazoned with the phrase “Don’t Re-Nig in 2012.”   Some also t-shirts and bumperstickers included the phrase in smaller type: ‘Stop Repeat Offenders: Don’t Re-Elect Obama.”   (See my post, "Republican Racism Example #30: Products For The Fashion-Conscious GOP Bigot at

One of the bumperstickers in question.  (Photo from

Various online sites like Zazzle and offered these products.   The original producer of the design, Stumpy’s Stickers, has been identified and today its website was taken down, according to ABC News.  ABC reports:

“A photograph of a bumper sticker that features a racist play on words lit up Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere Thursday, adding to what is already shaping up to be one of the most vicious and negative presidential races in history.

The sticker reads “Don’t Re-Nig In 2012″ and sits above a smaller text that reads: “Stop repeat offenders. Don’t re-elect Obama!”

The design seems to have originated from a site called Stumpy’s Stickers, which has since been dismantled.

The site featured similar stickers for sale, including a picture of an ape that reads, “Obama 2012″; a drawing of the Confederate flag with the message “If this flag has offended you, then it made my day!”; and another that features members of the Ku Klux Klan and reads, “The Original Boys In The Hood.”

ABC tried to access the website Friday morning, but the email address has been suspended, and the person(s) responsible for the website has not been identified.

The photograph went viral when it was posted to Facebook on Thursday afternoon.”  (Source:

UPDATE (3/19/12):  Today, the Think Progress website reported the following:

"President Obama’s critics hate being labeled racists, but occasionally it’s hard to argue with the charges. Paula Smith, the owner, is defending a popular bumper sticker that is igniting debate on race and spawning widespread condemnation.

'Don’t Re-Nig in 2012,' reads the sticker — a not-too-subtle play on a word that invokes one of the most repulsive racial epithets to attack the country’s first black president. Yet, Smith sees absolutely nothing wrong with it, as she told Forbes:

Ms. Smith insisted that the bumper sticker is not racist. I asked her about the 'N' word, for which 'nig' is the shortened version. 'According to the dictionary [the N word] does not mean black. It means a low down, lazy, sorry, low down person. That’s what the N word means.'

Even if one were to ignore the racial scars of left by the 'N-word' and rely solely on an academic definition, Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines it as an offensive word referring to 'a black person.'

But she goes further, explaining that her website found the design on a different site in 2010 and decided to sell it herself because she 'thought it was cute.' Pressed by Forbes on whether she thought the N-word is offensive at all, she replied 'no,' explaining that she herself doesn’t use it and that she has 'helped black families.' 'And besides,' she added, 'Obama is not even black. He’s got a mixture of race. It’s his choice of what his nationality is.'

Perhaps most upsetting of all is the fact that the sticker is currently the site’s top seller. Smith says she no longer actively maintains the website, and that she thought the site was 'dead.' But in the last few days, people have been buying up the sticker at $3 apiece." (See at

Michael Phillips has authored the following:

White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas, Texas, 1841-2001 (Austin:  University of Texas Press, 2006)

(with Patrick L. Cox) The House Will Come to Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and National Politics. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010)

“Why Is Big Tex Still a White Cowboy? Race, Gender, and the ‘Other Texans’” in Walter Buenger and Arnoldo de León, eds., Beyond Texas Through Time: Breaking Away From Past Interpretations (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2011)

“The Current is Stronger’: Images of Racial Oppression and Resistance in North Texas Black Art During the 1920s and 1930s ”  in Bruce A. Glasrud and Cary D. Wintz, eds., The Harlem Renaissance in the West: The New Negroes’ Western Experience (New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2011)

“Dallas, 1989-2011,” in Richardson Dilworth, ed. Cities in American Political History (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2011)

(With John Anthony Moretta, Keith J. Volonto, Austin Allen, Doug Cantrell and Norwood Andrews), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips. eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume I.   (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Keith J. Volanto), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips, eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume II. (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Carl J. Luna), Imperial Presidents: The Rise of Executive Power from Roosevelt to Obama  (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2013). 

“Texan by Color: The Racialization of the Lone Star State,” in David Cullen and Kyle Wilkison, eds., The Radical Origins of the Texas Right (College Station: University of Texas Press, 2013).

He is currently collaborating, with longtime journalist Betsy Friauf, on a history of African American culture, politics and black intellectuals in the Lone Star State called God Carved in Night: Black Intellectuals in Texas and the World They Made.

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