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Sign Outside Business Reads "From The Ghetto To The White House"
WFTV-Orlando ^ | 11/10/2008 | Staff

Posted on 11/11/2008 12:27:59 AM PST by VeniVidiVici

OCALA, Fla. -- The owners of an Ocala business are accused of taking a racist swipe at president-elect Barack Obama. The NAACP of Florida calls the message on the company's marquee "horrific" and "insensitive."

Last year, the same fence company and auto shop was accused of using its sign to ridicule people with disabilities. What they've posted now, some call free speech and others call an outrage.

"That's like racist right there," one resident told Eyewitness News.

"Why do they feel like they have the right to just put it out there. There's kids that come by here. There's a high school," another person said.

(The company) eventually sent out an African American employee who said his boss is no racist. "Me being a black guy, a black guy can be president, a black guy can put a thing up on a sign, he can do whatever he wants," the man said.

The president of Florida's NAACP begs to differ, calling the statement insensitive and horrific.

The company puts a different message on its sign every week.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: bho2008; business; ghetto; obama; ocala
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1 posted on 11/11/2008 12:27:59 AM PST by VeniVidiVici
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To: VeniVidiVici
"Why do they feel like they have the right to just put it out there. There's kids that come by here. There's a high school," another person said.

Yeah, who do they think they are? Like we live in a country that's supposed to have freedom of speech? Take it down, it's for da chirrens!

2 posted on 11/11/2008 12:32:01 AM PST by thecabal (We care a lot)
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To: VeniVidiVici

It’s not the classiest thing I’ve ever seen, but people are getting tired of being called “racists” for making just about any criticism of Obama. Obama may not have come from a ghetto, but he sure hangs with a bunch of thugs.


3 posted on 11/11/2008 12:37:08 AM PST by KJC1
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To: VeniVidiVici

Wonder what the local ACLU will say about freedom of speech? Is the word “ghetto” only a “black” word? Oh, that’s right, us poor whites have “trailer trash” or in the case of Murtha’s district, we own “really redneck” or ahem, “racist”.

And why showing how anyone can go far or dream a racist issue? Perhaps the guy was commenting on the fact that black people have now achieved what MLK dreamed and how that was a good thing. Of course, I am just speculating and don’t know the man but these people need to get a life.


4 posted on 11/11/2008 12:37:50 AM PST by volslover
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To: VeniVidiVici

The book or movie part also could be seen as a comment on Hollywood or Lifetime TV who makes movies on everything and every cause to the point of it cheapens great accomplishments. The man doesn’t sound racist but rather jaded.


5 posted on 11/11/2008 12:40:03 AM PST by volslover
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To: KJC1
How about next week they put up a new one:

The mulatto entering the White House is entertaining bids to paint the place gray.

6 posted on 11/11/2008 12:41:43 AM PST by dalereed
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To: VeniVidiVici

Ahh so Hawaii, Occidential, Columbia, Harvard, IL state senate and US senate are all considered ghettos.


7 posted on 11/11/2008 12:42:39 AM PST by Fred (The Democrat Party is the Nadir of Nihilism and BO is a WHINING marxist)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Actually I think what we are seeing is the first wave of America testing to see how far they can call something what it is without being called racist, not good but it is something that’s old history.


8 posted on 11/11/2008 12:42:44 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Aleutica, the new name of Free Alaska)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Wasn’t Jesse Jackson’s slogan “From the Outhouse to the White House” or somesuch, when he ran for president back in the eighties? Oh, and when did President-elect Obama ever live in a ghetto? He had a middle-class upbringing, from what I’ve read of his biography.


9 posted on 11/11/2008 12:43:03 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Barack Obama: In Error and arrogant -- he's errogant!)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Well I don’t think it’s a great thing to say but plenty of awful stuff has been said about Bush and lots of people thought that was fine. Heck, they were going to name a sewage treatment plant after W. So I guess lowlifes come from both sides of the spectrum.


10 posted on 11/11/2008 12:43:58 AM PST by Aria ("An America that could elect Sarah Palin might still save itself." Vin Suprynowicz)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Hey, I live in Ocala! I would love to know what business this is so that I can give them some of my business. LOL

Yes, there are some rednecks here in Ocala. There is nothing wrong with rednecks. They have just as much sense or more so than libtards! A lot of these rednecks have fought for our country so anyone downing them better back off!

Let me just say that regardless of how the Florida vote went down Ocala (Marion county) voted by a majority for McCain-Palin. So we are NOT stupid! Although being a multi-generation native Floridian I am ashamed of my state.

Those darn liberal retirees did us in...........j/k! LOL


11 posted on 11/11/2008 12:48:12 AM PST by SoldiersSister (SoldiersSister)
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To: Aria

I agree that there was and is a lot of hateful things being said about President Bush (and Laura Bush) and VP Cheney.

It will come from the other side too. You can’t expect to give it for 8 years and not have it flung back at some point.

I don’t do it myself but I do find myself chuckling at it since I have endured so much crap for the past 8 years of hearing conservatives trashed at every turn.

Everyone should lighten up. Laugh a little. It’s the only bright spot we have now that we are looking at a 4 year Obama “rule”. :)


12 posted on 11/11/2008 12:52:33 AM PST by SoldiersSister (SoldiersSister)
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To: Fred

So what? Bill Ayers, Frank Marshall, communist radical parents, Black Liberation movement, no proven track record of any accomplishment... and on it goes.

The man-child is delusional. He is an idiot. Bringing back the disasterous socialism of the 1930’s is nothing but lunacy.


13 posted on 11/11/2008 12:58:27 AM PST by ChiMark
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To: SoldiersSister

Yeah, isn’t that rich? The libs have pulled no punches and have savaged and ravaged and lied through their rotten teeth about President Bush for eight long years and now they want to go, “It’s all good!”

No way. The only bright spot I see is watching Obama’s followers begin to unravel one by one when they realize that they bought snake oil from a flim-flam man. Too bad the rest of us have to take that ride too.


14 posted on 11/11/2008 1:00:26 AM PST by KJC1
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To: SoldiersSister

is’nt this also a test of the tolerant liberal who
proclaim first ammendment rights for anything wildly
radical?

What will happen under Obama is the “monitoring”
of speech. This is not my theory but comes out of the distinguished Senator from New York Chuck Schumer or shyster... whatever.


15 posted on 11/11/2008 1:03:44 AM PST by ChiMark
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To: KJC1

Right. It may not be classy and some may consider it poor taste. One thing it is not is racist. Regardless of how much the NAACP whines.

Heck, they should be happy. We’re finally getting a Bojangles down here!


16 posted on 11/11/2008 1:05:24 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (All hail the Obamasiah! Kneel before Obamohammad!)
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To: KJC1

I agree with you. It sucks that we have to suffer along with them! Ugh!


17 posted on 11/11/2008 1:10:22 AM PST by SoldiersSister (SoldiersSister)
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To: ChiMark

It sure is! They can put crap (or urine) on a picture of Jesus hang it in a museum and call it art. We have to tolerate it as free speech. But heaven forbid you offend a liberal. All hell breaks loose and you are called names as they run screaming for the ACLU!

One thing I’ve learned is that liberals think they are the only ones entitled to free speech!


18 posted on 11/11/2008 1:13:16 AM PST by SoldiersSister (SoldiersSister)
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To: VeniVidiVici
"The NAACP of Florida calls the message on the company's marquee "horrific" and "insensitive."

What BS.. That's exactly the image Michelle Obama was spreading all over Media, poor little baby Obama had nothing and nobody loved him. She even had her kids cuddling around her with fake little tears forming in one interview.

And What next a movie? Is a legitimate question with all the media swooning and Messiah worship, mountain naming etc. going on.

19 posted on 11/11/2008 1:18:07 AM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: VeniVidiVici

“(The company) eventually sent out an African American employee who said his boss is no racist. ‘Me being a black guy, a black guy can be president, a black guy can put a thing up on a sign, he can do whatever he wants,’ the man said.

The president of Florida’s NAACP begs to differ, calling the statement insensitive and horrific.”

He can differ all he likes, but the guy from the company is right.


20 posted on 11/11/2008 1:21:27 AM PST by atomic conspiracy (Victory in Iraq: Worst defeat for activist media since Goebbels shot himself.)
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To: dalereed
"The mulatto entering the White House is entertaining bids to paint the place gray."

I was thinking bright yellow, bright red roof, bold green trim- you know, bright tropical colors AA's like to wear and paint their houses especially near the oceans.

21 posted on 11/11/2008 1:22:22 AM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: VeniVidiVici
calling the statement insensitive and horrific

Give me a freakin break.
22 posted on 11/11/2008 1:24:08 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS
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To: VeniVidiVici
“From The Ghetto To The White House” . . . . to turn America into a ghetto.

Insensitive? On the contrary, I am very sensitive

23 posted on 11/11/2008 1:28:17 AM PST by John Leland 1789
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To: Fred
"Ahh so Hawaii, Occidential, Columbia, Harvard, IL state senate and US senate are all considered ghettos.

Yes, this business has a strange idea as to what constitutes a ghetto. I wonder how they interpret a middle class background.

24 posted on 11/11/2008 1:31:00 AM PST by Mila
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To: VeniVidiVici

Just one more liberty lost. Anything said against Obama will be labeled hate speech andracist, to stifle opposition.

I was even called a racist for saying he was ‘mulatto.’

Apprently some people don’t know how to crack open a dictionary, but base their hate on feelings and assumptions.

Hey, that’s a liberal anyways, LOL.


25 posted on 11/11/2008 1:34:23 AM PST by DakotaRed (Don't you wish you had supported a conservative when you had the chance?)
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To: SoldiersSister

MUST AHVE BEEN THE TOP OF THE WORLD CROWD...HEH HEH


26 posted on 11/11/2008 1:40:27 AM PST by garykfd (American by Birth, Southern by the Grace of God!)
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To: garykfd

HAVE


27 posted on 11/11/2008 1:41:02 AM PST by garykfd (American by Birth, Southern by the Grace of God!)
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To: garykfd

You got it and The Villages too! LOL


28 posted on 11/11/2008 1:44:57 AM PST by SoldiersSister (SoldiersSister)
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To: VeniVidiVici
At first I thought it was a message of accomplishment. . or until reading the second line, a message even, of encouagement to those less fortunate. The response, however, of 'outrage' at 'putting it out there' - seems a 'mind's eye stretch too'.

Of course, either way; it is misleading as Obama never began his life in a 'ghetto'. . .never lived in one; and not even close by.

That said, nothing 'free' about political correctness.

And those who died 'for' PC; or 'because of it'; did not have a choice.

29 posted on 11/11/2008 2:11:48 AM PST by cricket (America's Freedom Rings! T hank You ~ U..S.A. Military~)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Have you ever seen Rezko’s slums?


30 posted on 11/11/2008 2:16:08 AM PST by beagleone
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To: VeniVidiVici
Here's an idea for the whiners: don't do business with them. I don't buy P Diddy's crap because he stands for pure, unadulterated IDIOCY. Same for Tim McGraw. Same for Michael Moore.

So grow up, ya jerks.

31 posted on 11/11/2008 2:17:03 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: VeniVidiVici

It’s a stupid sign.

Obama is much to be dreaded but not because he is from any ghetto. He is not, at least not the sterotypical black ‘inner city’ ghetto. His background is much more unusual and interesting, even fascinating, than that. If he’s from any ‘ghetto’ it’s the stew of bi-racial leftist Hyde Park. (from the internet map I have seen Obama lives within 4 blocks of both Ayers-Dohrn and Farrakhan - and who knows who else). And that’s not where he grew up or came from either.

The sign just says redneck and gives Obama bashing a bad name.


32 posted on 11/11/2008 2:26:14 AM PST by midway
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There's kids that come by here. There's a high school," another person said.

How dare that racist try to destroy those innocent kids' indoctrination. Now it will take weeks of special education to get those kids thinking correctly again.

33 posted on 11/11/2008 2:28:18 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Hey, Obama! Where's my check?)
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To: Fred

Nope but cutting your teeth as a community organizer in Southside Chicago is certainly ghetto.


34 posted on 11/11/2008 2:29:05 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin is the best medicine for the Rino Virus.)
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To: VeniVidiVici
Why do they feel like they have the right to just put it out there.

The document formerly known as the Constitution, perhaps?

35 posted on 11/11/2008 2:32:43 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Hey, Obama! Where's my check?)
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To: Fred

Obama only goes to the ghetto to get votes, not to live there.


36 posted on 11/11/2008 2:37:29 AM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Please tell me Tim McGraw is not a liberal.....oh please please!

My faith in humanity is sinking lower and lower.


37 posted on 11/11/2008 2:43:10 AM PST by SoldiersSister (SoldiersSister)
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To: Fresh Wind

That high school is a pretty good distance away from that business and that road is one of our busiest here in Ocala. I doubt those PS kids even understood what it meant...if they even noticed it. LOL


38 posted on 11/11/2008 2:47:14 AM PST by SoldiersSister (SoldiersSister)
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To: midway

I don’t understand why the sign says “redneck”.

It seems that any attacks coming from the right are automatically labeled rednecks or ignorant hillbillies. Conservatives should not be adding to this myth.

Although the sign is offensive to some and not politically correct they have a right to show it. If we don’t like it we don’t do business with them.

Believe me, I have seen far worse signs aimed at conservatives that makes that one look like a nursery rhyme. I never hear the words “redneck” or “hillbilly” thrown their way. They are just using their freedom of speech.

Redneck should not be a bad word but it has become one by this sort of thing!


39 posted on 11/11/2008 2:55:18 AM PST by SoldiersSister (SoldiersSister)
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To: thecabal

About tired of “the children”.
Also already tired of not being allowed to say what I want about this assclown president elect.
Put a McLame/Palin bumper sticker and get your car stoned.
Admit you do not care for the “one”, or did not vote for the guy and Oh My.
It is one of our constitutioanlly guaranteed rights to say this guy Obamma lamma ding dong is an assclown.


40 posted on 11/11/2008 2:59:34 AM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: VeniVidiVici

I love this!


41 posted on 11/11/2008 3:02:24 AM PST by LouisianaJoanof Arc (6 hours of mourning is enough. Now, stand up and fight and take back this country.)
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To: KJC1

“Obama may not have come from a ghetto”

Have you ever been to kenya?

LLS


42 posted on 11/11/2008 3:03:51 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (GOD, Country, Family... except when it comes to dims! I am an UMA-unity my a$$)
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To: midway
Chill out.

Yes, the sign is offensive, redneck, horrible, unkind, uncaring, distasteful.

That's why I like it :)!

43 posted on 11/11/2008 3:06:25 AM PST by LouisianaJoanof Arc (6 hours of mourning is enough. Now, stand up and fight and take back this country.)
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To: LouisianaJoanof Arc
This business has a habit of putting up controversial signs each week. I searched my local paper and came up with this one. Wheelchair and Flies Another one they put up during Violence Awareness Week was "Take your ex-wife out. One bullet ought to do it!" Lighten up people! LOL
44 posted on 11/11/2008 3:17:36 AM PST by SoldiersSister (SoldiersSister)
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To: SoldiersSister

Great! I love coffee on my keyboard this early in the morning!! :)


45 posted on 11/11/2008 3:22:12 AM PST by LouisianaJoanof Arc (6 hours of mourning is enough. Now, stand up and fight and take back this country.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Just an interesting side note. The news channel that is reporting this WFTV channel 9 in Orlando was the same one that had the reporter that grilled Biden. The Obama camp refused to do anything with them after that event. I wonder if they are feeling guilty now by running a story about a sign in a city over an hour and a half away from them. Maybe they are trying to get back into the good graces of the libs??

Hmmmmmmm....


46 posted on 11/11/2008 3:22:30 AM PST by SoldiersSister (SoldiersSister)
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To: SoldiersSister

“Those darn liberal retirees did us in...........j/k! LOL”
11 posted on Monday, November 10, 2008 10:48:12 PM by SoldiersSister (SoldiersSister)

Any of them “retired liberals” been hangin out at Gator Joe’s lately? LOL /S

Aloha kakou
“from the ghetto”


47 posted on 11/11/2008 3:24:06 AM PST by BigIsleGal (Don't Make Me Call Out My Flying Monkeys!)
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To: VeniVidiVici
"...a black guy can put a thing up on a sign, he can do whatever he wants," the man said.

The president of Florida's NAACP begs to differ, calling the statement insensitive and horrific.

How revealing.

48 posted on 11/11/2008 3:26:08 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: thecabal

There’s kids that come by here. There’s a high school,”

From what I see coming out of high school no need to worry they cant read it anyway.


49 posted on 11/11/2008 3:31:13 AM PST by bikerman
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To: VeniVidiVici
"Why do they feel like they have the right to just put it out there.

Well, because... *ahem* THEY DO.

50 posted on 11/11/2008 3:57:32 AM PST by grobdriver (Let the embeds check the bodies!)
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