Nampa store sells racist anti-Obama t-shirts
Nampa store sells what most consider offensive and racist t-shirt opposing Obama. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Political rhetoric aimed at President Obama by the GOP candidates is harsh, pointed and sometimes personal. But both sides know, that's politics.
But what do you call this?
"This is the shirt." says Parker Barthlome. "It says don't renig 2012. And what really took me aback is the nooses on it."
Our editor, Parker Barthlome, bought this shirt at our request from a tattoo shop in Nampa. It shocked everyone we showed it to.
"I think it's totally racist and I don't know who said it wasn't..." His name is Jeremie Kaufman.
"I don't think it's a color issue." he says, "If you look up the word, it's an ignorant person." But words can have many definitions and if you care to Google the N word, the first to come up in almost every instance is that its considered the most offensive racial term in the english language.
And as for the nooses?
"Is there no room for civility?" Fox asked. "The way I see it," replied Kaufman, "the President is committing treason against the people and it doesn't matter if it's Bush or Obama, treason... the penalty for treason in America is death. That's what those represent."
"It's all negative, I'm a conservative republican and I didn't vote for Obama, but I wouldn't wear that shirt on a bet," said Nampa resident Bill Lively.
Ariel Joseph, another Nampa resident said, "When I actually understood the meaning, I honestly was a bit disgusted." Still Kaufman says there's a demand.
"We went through a lot of the shirts." Something folks we talked to are ashamed to hear.
"Why would you put that on a shirt. Iit's more offensive to everybody and not just our president." Some online sites that sold the re-nig stickers and shirts went viral because of the controversy and have since been shut down or removed.