The election of Donald Trump to the presidency allowed for a significant number of racists to come out of the closet, so to speak. After all, if a man could be elected to the presidency while espousing such views as Donald Trump did, then why did the average American need to try and hide their racist views anymore?
A Missouri man described by his neighbors as an “idiot” put up a “Slaves 4 Sale” sign outside of his home because, he said, he’s been supposedly wrongly labeled as racist for flying a Confederate flag outside his home.
The man behind the flag and the sign — Liberty, Missouri’s Richard Geisenheyner — told local media:
‘If people actually believe that a Confederate flag stands for slavery, well, I might as well be just as stupid as they are… [The Confederate flag] is for people that are tired of the government telling them what to do and what to think. That is what a Southern rebel is.’
What kind of twisted logic leads one to jump from fielding criticisms of their Confederate flag to putting up a sign mockingly advertising slaves for sale?
As mentioned, his neighbors aren’t impressed.
A man who asked not to be identified told the same local media outlet that Geisenheyner spoke to — WDAF-TV — that he doesn’t care if his neighbor flies a Confederate flag, but the “Slaves 4 Sale” sign makes him an “idiot.”
‘His rebel flag don’t have a damn thing to do with me, wave it all you want. This idiot with his slaves for sale, are you fricking kidding me?’
Indeed, the “Slaves 4 Sale” sign is dehumanizing to large swaths of America.
As one neighbor of Geisenheyner’s put it:
‘I am going to tell you why it is offensive to me. I remember the signs on the wall that says “white only.” I am that old. I remember the signs on the wall that says “negros only entrance here.”‘
The president has already made his position on the issue well known, refusing to single out white supremacists for condemnation after violence associated with their gathering ended with one person dead and many more injured in Virginia.
Check out a video report on the incident below.
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