Paula Smith, owner of the company Stickatude.com, says that the anti-Obama campaign sticker that says “Don’t Re-Nig 2012″ isn’t racist. During an interview with Forbes.com, Smith innocently claims that the bumper sticker was not a reference to the president’s ethnicity, and was simply meant to say that he’s a bad leader.
“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,” said Ms. Smith.
Roger Friedman at Forbes.com makes this accurate point:
“In Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, the word is defined as ‘member of any dark skinned race. Taken to be offensive.’ Dictionary.com says the word ‘is now probably the most offensive word in English. Its degree of offensiveness has increased markedly in recent years, although it has been used in a derogatory manner since at least the Revolutionary War. Definitions 1a, 1b, and 2 represent meanings that are deeply disparaging and are used when the speaker deliberately wishes to cause great offense.’”
Smith says she’s not a racist and doesn’t like Obama for reasons that are unrelated to his race.
“And besides Obama is not even black. He’s got a mixture of race. It’s his choice of what his nationality is. I’m a mixed breed. I call myself a Heinz 57,” she says.
“I just want someone that’s going to help the United States and not give it other countries all the time. And stop giving the immigrants the benefits that most Americans inside their own states can’t even get because they’re giving it others who don’t even live here as an American.
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