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npincus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 12:55 PM
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Marietta Ga. Bar Owner selling Racist Obama T-shirts (Obama as Curious George)
What a fucking disgrace.




Marietta tavern owner Mike Norman says the T-shirts he's peddling, featuring cartoon chimp Curious George peeling a banana, with "Obama in '08" scrolled underneath, are "cute." But to a coalition of critics, the shirts are an insulting exploitation of racial stereotypes from generations past.

"It's time to put an end to this," said Rich Pellegrino, a Mableton resident and director of the Cobb-Cherokee Immigrant Alliance. It was among the organizations gathering outside of Mulligan's Bar and Grill Tuesday afternoon to protest the "racist and highly offensive" shirts.

"There's no place for these views, not in this day and age," he said.

Just down the street from Marietta's famous Big Chicken, Mulligan's has carved a provocative niche in an increasingly multicultural area, thanks to its owner's ultra-conservative political views. If you live in Marietta, it's impossible not to know what's on Norman's mind, as he posts his views on signs in front of Mulligan's.

Among his recent musings: "I wish Hillary had married OJ," "No habla espanol and never will" and the standard "I.N.S. Agents eat free."


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Waya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 12:58 PM
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1. Hmmmmm........
..... a fellow American to be proud of, I'm sure.....

:sarcasm:
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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 12:59 PM
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2. It was a fucking disgrace when people started selling

those Hillary Clinton nutcrackers but I wonder if you thought so?

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Waya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:01 PM
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3. One is sexist.......
....one is racist - no difference.
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indimuse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:15 PM
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22. YES there IS!!
The people on DU supporting BO..could give a shit about Bo's surrogates and MSM's, blatant misogynistic ATTACKS on Hillary! Truly GROSS !!
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:17 PM
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24. Does pointing out racism give sexism a pass?
If yes, how? If no, why do you complain about sexism in a thread about racism?
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indimuse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:22 PM
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25. YO! yeah YOU!
I was responding to a comment about "sexism"...duh!


you prove my img..
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:27 PM
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28. Doesn't answer the question. Does a complaint of racism hurt feminism?
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:01 PM
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:03 PM
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6. Yet another zero-summer.
Edited on Tue May-13-08 01:03 PM by Occam Bandage
Any mention of racism must be countered with a mention of sexism. As if there's some contradiction or opposition between the two.
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dbmk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:23 PM
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26. Maybe I should not rate this
But on my list over stuff that should be eradicated, I am going to put the comparison of an entire race of human beings to an animal over the generalisation of a certain kind of personality in a woman as being emasculating.
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:58 PM
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30. They're both wrong. That's the point.
"The comparison of an entire race ... to an animal." There's no question that's wrong. Abominable.

You're second point, however, totally MISSES the point. It's not "the generalization of a certain kind of personality ...", it's the same attitude of superiority that subjugates an entire gender, i.e., HALF OF OUR SPECIES!

The point the poster was making was that it is disingenuous for someone to complain about racism or any other hate-ism if that person has engaged in sexism, which itself is a form of hate.

And that's a valid point.

Bake
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CPschem Donating Member (606 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:02 PM
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5. typical in Cobb County, GA (Newt-land)
The Atlanta suburbs are disgusting.
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npincus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:05 PM
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8. I once dated a guy from Rome, Ga.
and he told me he got a lot of shit for being Jewish when he was a kid... was picked on, etc.
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whistler162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:04 PM
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7. Well given the number of times McCain...
has been referred to as Mr. Magoo I have little problem with it. Yes, I understand the racial connotations.

The bar owner has a bigger problem, copyright infringement if he hasn't paid the fees.
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:06 PM
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10. Because comparisons to Mr. Magoo have been used for centuries to dehumanize whites
in justifications for slavery, lynchings, and discrimination, right?
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npincus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:08 PM
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15. yeah, I didn't get that myself.
?
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npincus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:06 PM
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11. would it bother you if i call McCain an old geezer?
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whistler162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:08 PM
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14. No
it just words and images get over it. They will get worse. A heck of a lot worse.
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:11 PM
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18. "it just words and images get over it"



(sign on the right)
Just words and images!
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WeDidIt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:25 PM
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27. I noticed the storekeeps are good Christians
Notice the picture of (white aryan) Jesus in the left hand window.
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melody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:09 PM
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17. My goodness, we certainly have a lot of supposedly Democratic McCain supporters here
As if calling McCain old or stupid can compare to hundreds of years of African-American dehumanization through stereotypes.
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:05 PM
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9. *ahem*
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:06 PM
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12. *ahem*
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:15 PM
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21. LOLOLOLOL!!!!!
:hi:
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npincus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:07 PM
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13. Great minds think alike!
:hi:
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RubyDuby in GA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:11 PM
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19. *ahem*
Edited on Tue May-13-08 01:12 PM by RubyDuby in GA
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:16 PM
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23. ROFL!!!!
:hi:
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katmondoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:08 PM
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16. It could be a Curious George shirt
except for the 08. Thank him for honoring GW !!
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Frisbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:11 PM
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20. Everybody knows...
this shit goes on. But ANYBODY who defends this on DU should be banned for life.
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enid602 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 01:29 PM
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29. incredible
Never mind who would sell something like that; who would wear it in public?
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