Obviously not everyone on the right opposed to Obama, and health care reform specifically, is a racist. But it's ridiculous to pretend that some of the furor over Obama – particularly all the Muslim-Kenya-birth certificate stuff – doesn't have a racist tinge. And come on, what reasonable person could possibly view this as racist:
Then there's this, this, this and this - in addition to other irresponsible charges.
The photo below is from February 2009, but just made the news. It's of teabagger Dale Robertson in Houston:
This comes via Digby, who has more.
This sign reminds me of an old Atlantic article that argued that the existence of slavery in colonial America leading up to the Revolution played an important role in the Founding Fathers' mentality and rhetoric. The writer contended that the Founding Fathers were basically saying, 'We don't want to be, don't deserve to be, treated like that.' I'm reminded as well of a middle-aged white guy in Tampa I met who once stunningly complained, "Everyone's treating me like I'm their nigger." I'm guessing that's the sense Dale Robertson was going for with his sign – and also guessing that he'd protest, of course it isn't racist.
He might also protest that his sign's not misspelled - that's just how the word is said in a Southern drawl.