Bil Browning

Yup, I'm a racist!

Filed By Bil Browning | July 07, 2010 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: I'm a racist, Kentucky, Lexington, racist t-shirts, right wing fundies

Oh, those silly teabaggers. They complain about being called racists and bigots, but I guess some of them have decided to reclaim the words. Apparently "racist" and "bigot" are the new "nigger" and "queer."

Im_A_racist.JPGGreg Skilling, a columnist for the Louisville Examiner, saw a tweet that said vendors at the Lexington 4th of July festival were selling t-shirts that said, "Yup, I'm a racist!" and raced down to the celebration to see what all the hubbub was about. What he found is simply amazing. Not only do the vendors use the twisted logic that they're selling the shirts proclaiming that they're racist because they're not racist, they do the world's worst job of repeating Tea Party talking points so discredited even Sarah "Death Panels" Palin wouldn't repeat them.

Check out Skilling's video he shot of the booth and his conversation with the vendor after the jump.

Skilling writes:

The folks in front of the Fayette County Courthouse in Lexington, Kentucky took pimping patriotism a disturbing step farther. Not only were they promoting themselves as defenders of the Constitution, they openly fueled the right-wing paranoia that inches ever closer to violence.

I apologize for the quality of the video. I held the camera in open view at chest level in order to look the people I was speaking to in the eye. The conversations were revealing, some of the video a bit shaky.

Sadly, I can see those selling like hotcakes here in Indiana too.

(Hat tip to Victor from MOC Blog)


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That whole "The worst thing you can call someone is racist" thing has been around for a while. It just shows an incredible lack of understanding about racism - did they ever imagine what it would be like to get the short end of that stick?

Far too many don't need a shirt like that here -- they'll tell you all the same stuff to your face and be proud when they do it.

planetspinz planetspinz | July 7, 2010 5:50 PM

too bad Skilling didn't ask the dude hawkin those shirts why he was wearing a FUBU shirt

Not everyone in the Tea Party is a racist (I just mean, statistically, that has to be bogus that they all are)

And so, people are being wrongly labeled racist because of their political beliefs. It gets sickening and tiring after awhile, as I'm sure many of you know. That's why T-shirts that say "Proud Babykiller" and "I Support Human/Dog Marriages" exist. You too often can't combat ridiculous claims-all you can do is embrace them sarcastically with a roll of the eyes.

A. J. Lopp | July 8, 2010 1:27 AM

Maybe these T-shirts could be sold in pairs --- the other T-shirt says "You just can't fix STUPID"

Racists have a very hard time identifying racism.

If peeps paid attention in Sociology 101, they'd know, but here it is:

racism = prejudice + power

Everyone regardless of ethnicity can be prejudiced.

Racism is when those prejudices are combined with power, be it social, political, police, military, or economic power and used to retard, suppress, or oppress the aspirations and progress of a minority group or individual in a minority group.

spigliatezza | July 8, 2010 8:21 PM

I guess I see their point, but this kind of thing is more effective when it uses something actually ludicrous, rather than something that is widespread. Lee's examples of baby killers and human-dog marriage supporters are funny because almost no one actually does these things, thus they are clearly hyperbole.
Racism isn't hyperbole. It's still a reality. Albeit an often invisible one.

I would wager there are more overt racists at an naacp convention than any tea party.