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Exclusive: Seller of Controversial Anti-Obama Sticker Says It’s Not Racist – Forbes (participation)

March 20, 2012

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Exclusive: Seller of Controversial Anti-Obama Sticker Says It’s Not Racist

Paula Smith of Hinesville, Georgia has a company called Stickatude.com. And they’re selling their own version of an anti-Obama bumper sticker that reads “Don’t Re-Nig 2012.” Ms. Smith told me in a telephone conversation on Saturday afternoon that the bumper sticker has been in their inventory since June 2010, but just in the last few days it’s started selling. The price is $3. Ms. Smith insisted that the bumper sticker is not racist. I asked her about the “N” word, for which “nig” is the shortened version. “According to the dictionary [the N word] does not mean black. It means a low down, lazy, sorry, low down person. That’s what the N word means.”

In Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, the word is defined as “member of any dark skinned race. Taken to be offensive.” Dictionary.com says the word “is now probably the most offensive word in English. Its degree of offensiveness has increased markedly in recent years, although it has been used in a derogatory manner since at least the Revolutionary War. Definitions 1a, 1b, and 2 represent meanings that are deeply disparaging and are used when the speaker deliberately wishes to cause great offense.”

Ms. Smith — who has an affable disposition and a hearty laugh–said she thought the website was “dead” and up until recently none of her bumper stickers was selling at all. Another site, called Stumpy’s Stickers, was originally credited with selling the Obama sticker. Ms. Smith says however she doesn’t own that site and didn’t know anything about it. She said Stumpy’s Stickers could have linked to their site, but she didn’t sell them any that they could have re-sold. Where did Ms. Smith find the sticker in the first place? “We just found it on the internet, and thought it was cute. It’s been up there since he’s been president.”

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4 Comments
  1. Kyla Chappell permalink

    My reaction to this article is, shocked. How can this woman laugh it off and think this sticker is not offensive?! And be completely oblivious to the new definition of the “N” word. With a shortened version of this word being used in the bumper sticker (these stickers usually being comical or of some political affiliation) combines the both. I think this lady is crazy for being able to honestly say this is not racist and claim herself to not be racist either. To produce and sell this sticker is an obvious act of racism, no excuse she can come up with will cover that up.

  2. Jennifer Shoff permalink

    I had heard about this bumper sticker through facebook about a week ago and I could not believe that someone made something so offensive and racist, or even worse that people are actually buying it and putting it on their cars. There is no way anyone can claim this is not racist. I don’t agree with much of what our president does but this is so far beyond disrespectful that it makes people who buy it look disgusting. The fact that Smith believes that the “N” word doesn’t have anything to do with race shows just how crazy she is. I can’t believe that there are still people out there that think that it is okay to have something like this.

  3. Payden Bjornesatd permalink

    Regardless of if the n-word is defined in the dictionary as not specifically black, however according Paula Smith, a lazy lowdown person, to me is irrelevant. The n word stands for far more than what the dictionary definition states. You would have to be incredibly naive to think otherwise. In fact Paula Smiths response is an excuse or loophole in the word. Also, just because a dictionary puts it a certain way, doesn’t take the meaning out of the word. The N-word is a word of hatred expressed towards African Americans and has been used since the slave-trade era. It represents a dark period in our history and is clearly aimed at degrading African Americans. Also, The Webster collegiate dictionary DOES define the N-word as a word with negative connotation that is aimed at all African Americans. Dictionary.com states that the word is “probably one of the most offensive words in the English language” To me, however, it is not so important how the word is defined in a dictionary. We all know what this word represents and for… to state that it simply represents somebody who is lazy is ridiculous. I have never once read about the N-word being used in any context other to degrade a black person or bring to light something negative about African Americans. Not to mention, the N-word was conceived as a label for African Americans alone. As I continue to read this article, I find my self-becoming more angry. Paula Smith is so ignorant to the point where she thinks the bumper sticker was “cute”. I think that Sais it all.

  4. My first thoughts on this sticker, was, my heart started pounding alot, because I was hurt, that this is what society has came down to.Its not about respect anymore, its not about “treating people by the context of their charachter and not the color of their skin, its alll about race.The fact that the racial slur is Directed to The Freakin President?!Its mind blowing..What else is mindblowing is that The Owner says, she thought it was cute, and she tried to justify that “Nig” was shortened to mean, low,lazy,sloppy etc rather than its true root meaning, Black..For both companies, i think they have balls to come up with something so Rude and Out of Line!Businesswoman?I think not..

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