An Omaha man who proudly displays a sign supporting Donald Trump in his window, also has a sign up which describes President Obama as a ni**er. The sign was displayed by the man on Martin Luther King Day and on the heels of a visit from President Obama – America’s first black president.
One of Steve Bowman’s neighbors, an African-American mother who lives across the street from him with her two children, said this isn’t unusual for him and that he displays signs like that all year round, even though she has gently reminded him that “this is not the neighborhood for that.”
Rigina Wright told WOWT 6 News that she won’t get angry and true to the teachings of Dr. King, she has tried to help her neighbor.
“He’s been putting up stuff like that constantly. Constantly putting up stuff like that and I’ll bring it up to him gently, you know, ‘take that down please you know this is not the neighborhood for that’” said Wright. “He understands and he will take it down after I mention it to him, but then he’ll put something else up.”
Bowman was confronted by a black reporter over his use of the ‘n’ word to describe President Obama in a sign put on display for his entire neighborhood to see.
Bowman told John Chapman,“Well I grew up in the 60’s; I remember racial riots. I know Martin Luther King. I’m 57 so I grew up in the late 50’s early 60’s and I know what it’s like the water guns the racial riots and Birmingham. You know the south, I know all about it I have a master’s degree in history.”
“It might be a little racist,” Bowman admitted.
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Bowman says his signs are political; but after speaking with the reporter, he decided to take down the sign.
Wright went on to say that she will continue to be follow Dr. King’s teachings and help her neighbor get along with all people.
“He’s a good neighbor, but he has some racial issues he needs to overcome,” said Wright.
Other neighbors in the area also said that he is a good neighbor but they, too, pointed to his problems in dealing with people different from him.
As for Mr. Bowman, the sign isn’t a ‘little racist,” it is a blatantly racist display. Even though he agreed to take the sign down, after what Ms. Wright said, he’ll probably just replace it with another one.