An image purporting to show a racist, anti-Obama bumper sticker on the back of a vehicle has been garnering lots of attention on Facebook in the past 24 hours. The bumper sticker reads, “Don’t Re-Nig in 2012”, and, in smaller print below, “Stop repeat offenders. Don’t re-elect Obama!” The sticker also features an image of the Obama campaign logo crossed out. Several viewers have claimed the image has been digitally altered. After all, it seems shocking that someone would proudly display an openly racist image on their vehicle in 2012. So, is the image authentic? In short, yes.
It’s still unclear if the image of the vehicle has been altered in any way, but a website called “Stumpy’s Stickers” offers the bumper sticker for sale for $3 (88 Roubles. 2.25 Euros. 1.90 UK Pounds), and, as The Root points out, the site also several other racially insensitive items for sale as well. The urban myth debunking site Snopes says it cannot yet determine the origins of the photo, but also points out the availability of other similar t-shirts and bumper stickers. There’s even an eponymous “Dontre-nig.com” website that appears to have crashed. Going to the page brings up a “Bandwith Limit Exceeded” warning message. I checked the domain registration service site WHOIS, which listed the site as belonging to an anonymous owner who purchased the URL through the company DomainsByProxy.com, based in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company specialises in keeping the names of Internet domain owners private. However, as one astute Facebook reader pointed out, the bumper sticker isn’t only offensive, it’s pretty dumb. After all, if you take the top message at its literal meaning, “to not renege in 2012”, would mean, in fact, to re-elect President Obama.
16 March 2012
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