Another case in point

(Thanks, New Black Woman!)

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. - Residents are upset about a sign in Paulding County that uses a racial slur to refer to President Barack Obama.

The sign, in front of the Georgia Peach Oyster Bar on Highway 113, uses the n-word to refer to President Obama.

“This world is supposed to be a peaceful world, not a world with hatred. This shouldn't be here today,” said Carl Norman.

“He needs to wake up and realize it's 2012,” said Dexter Murr.

Bar owner Patrick Lanzo says he's posted controversial signs outside his bar and restaurant for 26 years and says he's practicing free speech.

I say just because you're offended by it doesn't mean you don't have the right to say something just the opposite,” said Lanzo.

Lanzo said he doesn’t feel any remorse over the sign.

I don't feel bad about anything whatsoever. Therefore, they can go out and put their own sign in their own yard and I will not be offended,” said Lanzo.

A list of house rules inside of Lanzo's bar lists one of the rules as 'no foul language.'

Residents of the small Draketown community had a mixed response.

“Everybody’s entitled to own thought, it’s not something I’d put in front of mine, but everybody's got their own opinions about everything,” said Sherry Roew.

Some said they were afraid of the perception the sign gives Paulding County.

“I think it's terrible,” said Carol Zimmerman.

Paulding County Administrator Mike Jones says he's well aware of the sign and considers it repulsive, embarrassing and offensive. He says if there was something they could do about it, it wouldn't be there.
All right, bar patrons! Time to play a game. If you lived in this town and you decided to put a sign in your yard about Lanzo here, what would it say?


  1. *picture of someone bending over w/butt cheeks spread*

    "You can pick the left cheek, the right cheek or go straight up the middle."

  2. Don’t worry denizens of Georgia Peach Oyster Bar on Highway 113; we know you’re not racist, but…

  3. “The entire ordeal is ironic considering that a list of house rules inside of Lanzo's bar says 'no foul language.'”

    Funny… this same moral code was strictly enforced during many a lynching (so as not to offend the women folk). Conversely, let Reverend Wright yell, "God damn America!" and he's promptly portrayed as racist in most white circles. Furthermore, let one of these fine citizens air their bigoted laundry to a crowd of whites and they’re simply viewed as free-thinking patriots.

    So I’ll repeat an earlier truth: Tis harder for a white person to call another white person Racist than it is for a leopard to change its spots. It is utterly beyond their capacity to employ such an appellation with regards to each other.

    1. I'm white, female, 56, and formerly from Georgia. It is NOT hard for a white person to call another white person RACIST! This sort of behavior is SICKENING to any educated person/human being, no matter what color we are. Patrick Lanzo is not even considered to be a man in my book. Patrick Lanzo does not speak for nor does he represent all whites. I voted for President Obama for his character and intelligence; I would not vote for Lanzo for local dog catcher.

    2. Why'd you leave Georgia?

  4. Amaya Radjani
    "You can pick the left cheek, the right cheek or go straight up the middle."

    You mean like this... but with a bit more sincerity. And that's just for starters.

    1. Ohhhhhh - no you didn't!!!!!

    2. Love the bounce in his knees; and how he pulled his underwear alllll the way down to his ankles:

      Jesse Jackson: That's right. (bounces his butt up and down) Apologize.
      Randy: Uh.. o.. okay. I'll.. (kneels down) ..let's see here..
      Jesse Jackson: Apologize.

  5. I'm still fuzzy on why white Americans have trouble understanding that free speech can still be racist free speech. Like, really... exercising your First Amendment right doesn't magically negate your being a racist.

    Anyhoo, my sign would read thusly (*clears throat*):

    "Lanzo and his family are racist shitheads. Honk if you think they suck donkey balls.


    And it would be a giant sign written in cursive with pink glitter, rimmed in black roses.

  6. My sign would read: OJ Simpson is Lanzo's real daddy.

  7. truthbetold4/26/12, 3:57 PM

    My sign would read:

    Home of inbred, toothless, motherf*ckers.

  8. To Mr Patrick Lanzo: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. called with your DNA results; er, you might want to sit down for this...

  9. @M Gibson:

    OMG, THAT WAS HILARIOUS! I never saw that ep, but THAT IS PRECISELY what I meant...

  10. My sign would say:

    Freedom is not a license for stupidity, Lanzo.

  11. I see that he's at i again, eh? You guys summed up what I would post on there, along with that bird that Spaceinvadah drew sometime ago. That is how I would do my banner.

  12. My sign would say, "Illegal Immigration Started in 1492"

    Then I would install a motion sensor loud speaker that would say, "We shoulda neva gave you niggas corn!!" in Dave Chappelle's voice whenever a car drove by.

  13. Man, where is Spaceinvadah's bird...?

  14. (Time to stop lurking again...)

    You want another "case in point" Ankh? Look at the reaction from some foolish white hockey fans on Twitter, over Joel Ward from the Capitals upsetting the Bruins in Game 7.

  15. AnotherPupil5/1/12, 12:12 PM

    Eh, I wouldn't bother with a sign. I would just show my "freedom of speech" the way Citizens United does. I would pay someone to destroy the sign, then claim that I used my money as a substitute for free speech. I'm sure this douchebag would agree after all.


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