A quick survey of the page’s photo gallery features at least 20, out of 443, offensive photos (racist, homophobic, anti-semitic) referencing President Obama as well as the First Lady.
Now let me be clear, opposing and criticizing President Obama IS NOT racist, however using some of the offensive imagery found in this photo gallery to attack him is.
I find it both pathetic and insulting that folks who post, e-mail and defend the use of these offensive images will portray those of us who dare to call them out on their bigotry as accusing anyone who does not the support Obama as racist, THAT SIMPLY IS NOT TRUE.
What is true is that there is a significant number of Obama detractors who are motivated by racism and I have no problem saying that.
To those who claim not to be racist I encourage you to strongly condemn this crap.
Now that the light has been shown on this fan page lets talk about potential fall out:
- Some will quit the page. (I’m hoping that my high school friend does that, our friendship is strained to begin with and I’m not sure how I can go on associating with anyone who would be a proud fan of this page, especially after its offensive content has been exposed).
- The page’s administrators or Facebook might remove the photos or even delete the page entirely, only to have it replaced by others, which will be equally offensive.
- Others will defend the content on First Amendment grounds, these folks usually are low information activists/bigots/voters who don’t really know what the First Amendment is about.
For starters I should note that I have not demanded that this page or the photos be taken down, I wouldn’t mind leaving it up just to show how racist some of Obama’s detractors are.
Secondly, those moaning about free speech should know that as they exercise their rights to be unrepentant racists, many of us will exercise our rights to call them, what they are, BIGOTS.
Lastly, the First Amendment only deals with the government restricting speech, Facebook who could face a member/advertiser backlash, can do whatever it wants if it feels this page hurts its image and damages its bottom line.
Obama shines Palin's shoes
Watermelons at the White House
Obama as a monkey
Obama taking Palin from behind