N.C. Group Posts Racist Obama Picture In Gay Marriage Criticism

RacistObamaImageThis image isn't clear, but it doesn't need to be for readers to understand what the conservative John Locke Foundation meant when it included this racist and homophobic picture in a post blasting President Obama's campaign for opposing a proposed North Carolina ban on gay marriage. But, just in case you can't tell, there's the commander-in-chief, dressed in poorly designed drag and eating Kentucky Fried Chicken. Very mature, right?

"Out of no where, President Obama suddenly feels the need to declare his objection to North Carolina’s pending vote to ban on gay marriage," former radio host Tara Servatius writes in the post, called "Obama Goes Pro Gay Marriage to Get NC on Election Day."

The John Locke Foundation is funded in large part by conservative millionaire Art Pope, which is why the website Art Pope Exposed managed to catch the racist, homophobic image, called "Obama Gay" before the Foundation took it down.

While the John Locke Foundation no doubt hoped no one would notice, North Carolina's NAACP released a statement today demanding answers:

We at the NC NAACP have learned of the disgusting picture of our President on the John Locke Foundation blog and website. What we have seen so far has both racist and homophobic overtones, both of which are contrary to the fundamentals of our democracy. It's outrageous and it shows the kind of racialized, mean-spirited and divisive political attitudes that still exist in the South. On Thursday we will demand to know who authorized and developed such a racist and bigoted portrayal to be placed on the site of an organization that seeks to have so much influence into the shaping of public policy in NC. Whoever did it is completely over the line. It is reckless and dangerous. And should not only be an afront to the black community, the civil rights community, the LBGT community, but every North Carolinian.

Now, I understand that there's probably no way we can complete erase hate — racist, homophobic or otherwise — but when will bigots learn that the Internet's memory is long and its reach wide? if you put up a picture of President Obama "in drag" and eating fried chicken, someone is going to find it and blow up your spot — and you deserve it.

In related news, the state's Catholic Bishops called the president's opposition to the ban "a grave disappointment."

"It is a grave disappointment, as it is reported to be the first time that the President has entered into this issue on the state level, further escalating the increasing confusion on the part of some in our society to the very nature of marriage itself," they said.

Maybe Obama's equality-minded opposition in the Tar Heel State is a precursor to a larger move?

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/03/21/3115378/nc-bishops-call-obamas-opposition.html#storylink=cpy


  1. cadence says

    This is so immature. But it shows that these people don’t have an intelligent argument against marriage equality, and that their racial and homophobic bigotry isn’t based on anything except their own ignorance.

  2. Vern Dufford says

    After seeing this disgusting photoshop image of Obama. I was afraid to even go the N.C.Group site .Thats all I needed to see. The guys a wacko! Hopefully this kind of fabricated image does more harm than good.

  3. neptune says

    This picture brought to you by the same folks who claim their “alternative opinion on gay marriage” isn’t being respected by the”radical left” and think people are “bigots” for pointing out their blatant bigotry.

  4. says

    the GOP from 2008-present will be talked about in sociology classes for decades to come. A shameful moment in American History where the hard work fighting bigotry and prejudice was thrown out the window in order to honour, and FEED, the very same prejudices and bigotries that this country has worked so hard to shed.

    2012 – when the rest of the civilized world is moving forward, the Republican party chose instead to pander to the scum of America and encourage the outright hateful demonizing of LGBT people, non-whites (particularly black americans), Muslims, women, and non-Christians.

    Truly. This is going to be studied. It’s a perfect evocation of what happens to millions of low-thinkers for whom being Straight White and Christian is all they have left.

  5. JohnAGJ says

    You know, I could easily dismiss the photoshop of Obama – whom I don’t support – as juvenile political satire but they had to go racist. If this photoshop is mock Obama for “evolving” towards supporting SSM, what the hell does the bucket of KFC have to do with that?!? Perhaps I should be glad in a way because they show themselves to be their own worst enemies at times. What’s that old saying? If your enemy is destroying themselves, don’t interfere? Something like that. So please, as offensive as this might be, do continue…

  6. says

    You know… No matter what side of the aisle your choice of politicians reside, this is just totally disrespectful…

    While I voted for Obama, if McCain had won, and something like this turned up (of him) I would still feel the same way.

    Some people never grow up…

  7. enough already says

    Just, like, wow.
    It’s 2012.
    Not 1852.
    This is precisely the sort of thing we Democrats need to latch onto and make a big deal about.
    Can anyone still believe the Republicans are anything but fascist, racist, misogynist theocrats after the last two years?

    Had, may the gods forfend, S. Palin become president – reason enough to be thankful for McCain’s continued good health – then I would be just as upset at the equivalent portrayal of her.

  8. uffda says

    I am so sorry to see marriage equality rising as a major issue in November. Obama needs to win and this issue is not likely to help him. Many things tell us that he’s on our side, his record and now his N.C. remarks. The Grotesque Old Party is in complete moral ruin it’s true but a last feast on our blood may give it strength enough among the enemy to seriously harm our Friend. I hope not, it’s just too divisive, we’re doing fine without a gang war. But I know of course that it’s already too late. I dread it.

    If everyone is driven out of the closet, then what’ll we do?

  9. Rob says

    You know, I have been stuck for quite awhile on the idea that as their “logical” arguments for defending marriage as they define it erode, the haters would become increasingly vicious and irrational (sort of like a cornered, injured wild animal). However, even I never expected this level of stupidity. This offensive, racist image will cause them great harm and I cannot imagine it winning over anyone capable of thought. They reveal themselve to be hate-filled idiots. Good.

  10. Jollysocks says

    We are going to lose this vote big time unless we step up on our game in NC right now. This kind of antic should be blasted out to everyone to show what a group of crazy bigots Amendment 1 supporters are. Right now we are being crushed in the polls (SurveyUSA — 58% in support, 36% opposed, 6% undecided). There’s not much we can do to get a majority, but now that the NH Repeal vote went our way, we should all be focusing on getting these numbers tighter in NC.

  11. kit says

    @LITTLEKIWI — You are right. I’m a professor of sociology and I am ALREADY discussing these issues in class, as are most of my colleagues. No way to avoid them.

  12. Chitown Kev says

    These assholes don’t know when to stop.

    For what they were attempting to say, Obama in drag was sufficient.

    Homophobic, non-argumentative as to the issue, but sufficient.

    The KFC bucket was unnecessary.

    But then these racist homophobic bigots weill be the first to cry about others discriminating against their religious freedom.

  13. Dback says

    Go on, right wingers–keep marching right off the cliff. Even when you have a kernel of truth to your arguments, as long as you dress them up in racist, idiotic drag you drive fence-sitters and moderates straight back to Obama and the Democrats. Even people who haven’t been thrilled with the past 4 years are going to look at things like this and say to themselves, “Do I really want to throw my support in with THIS lot?”

  14. Hollywood, CA says

    Not to play Devil’s Advocate, but “posting on a blog” seems vague? Did the BLOG post the picture, or did someone post it in the comment section? There’s a big difference.

  15. sweetdog says

    I never thought that in the year 2012, living in NC, I’d be fighting against hatred and bigotry and for the rights to which I am entitled according to the Constitution. To make this an issue by those who think their “moral” and/or “christian” views and values supercede the lives of others is not only disgusting, it is vile. If the day ever came where I were allowed to vote on THEIR rights – marriage or otherwise – I wouldn’t. Because it’s not only un-American, it’s not human. Any decent person knows that. Apparently the legislators in this state are not aware of that and I hope and pray on May 8 that their vision of living in a “perfect” NC will be snuffed out and they will join the non-haters and non-bigots, carry on with their lives and realize that putting their noses in other peoples business proves to be a waste of time.

  16. says

    Thanks for making this picture prominent. It can’t help Obama, you get credit for “exposing” their bigotry while all the while helping to disseminate it, and the “wackos” in NC are getting boatloads of free publicity -= and far wider exposure for their tasteless little picture than they ever could have generated for themselves! Good work!

  17. J. Leo says

    No doubt posted by the same people who are constantly bitching how the south gets such a bad rep. or that they are sick of being called ignorant rednecks.

  18. Max says

    Whatever you do, don’t silence these monsters. The louder they are, the more people in the middle are going to have second thoughts about being associated with them.

    There is plenty to criticize about Obama without resorting to visual slurs. That’s just plain scary crazy.

  19. Chuck Mielke says

    @LittleKiwi & Kit, My fear is that it will be studied in the same kind of retrospective dismay as we currently study Pol Pot, Stalin, and Hitler. I don’t see these extremists lying down in humiliation. I see the tension escalating.

  20. says

    This is a little misleading. While I have no love at all for this super conservative foundation, “they” did not post it. It was posted by what appears to be a freelance contributor from Charlotte. The foundation is in Raleigh. The foundation immediately repudiated the actions and removed the post. The director also flatly stated that he would have fired her if she had not quit immediately.

    I am certainly not defending her, and it pains me to seem to defend such a conservative organization largely funded by Art Pope, for whom I have no respect, but we should be accurate in our scorn.

  21. LD says

    Where is her brain. Does she have one? is a great insult to the president, america, and all those who voted for him. that vulgar and insolent woman, she should dress in dignity…

  22. Alexx says

    She knew exactly what the racial connotations were. She just didn’t get away with it and the organization only reprimanded her in fear of exposure.

    It just shows the mindset and associations these people have when it comes to black people, gays, and whichever. Not prejudiced my ass.

  23. starshipcaptain says

    The John Locke Society is racist?! That’s what they were called back in the 1980s, which is also what they were called in the 1960s, too. Face it, not only is the John Locke Society not going to grow up, but there are people who weren’t alive back in either era who are nonetheless racist, hateful, and angry. They are proof of the persistence of recessive traits.

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