We talk a lot about the dream of a post-race America, but a bumper sticker reading “Don’t Re-Nig In 2012” proves we’ve got a long way to go.
There’s a photograph making its way around the Internet like wildfire.
A bumper sticker that proudly reads, “Don’t Re-Nig In 2012”.
We don’t know whose car this sticker is on… We don’t know who first took the photograph… But we know what it says about where we are in our country. As much as we want to believe that the election of Barack Obama somehow proves that we’re getting closer to a non-racist society, there is still enough racist sentiment that a product like this is manufactured, purchased and displayed.
Yeah, this may be the work of one unstable individual who thinks it’s okay to refer to anyone by the N-word, let alone the Harvard-educated President of the United States. But we have to wonder at the society that makes it possible, let alone comfortable, enough to cruise around displaying hate so proudly.
What is the proper response to this? What would you do if you met this person in a parking lot, if you looked them in the eye while passing their car where you can see this bumper sticker in plain sight?
Would you say something? Would it make a difference?
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