"Klan, Klam, and Oyster" bar in Georgia displays racist sign calling President Obama the n-word

This just in: racists remain racist. Local news, HuffPo, and MSNBC's The Ed Show have reported on the shocking roadside sign below, but the bar's website (above) includes a collection of past signs, a horribly dated mouse trail effect, and the inability to correctly spell the word "original." All very troubling. (screenshot below courtesy Fox News Atlanta)


  1. I actually find this story paradoxically reassuring. 

    Sure it’s disturbing that racism like this still exists.  But more important than the racist message itself is the fact that it’s so out of the ordinary as to warrant national news coverage.

  2. Oysters  and a martini sound perfect right now. Too bad I am land locked and in the north. No racism here though, yeah right.

  3. Paulding County administrator Mike Jones says he’d like to do something about it if he could. Well Mike, I’m pretty sure the n-word qualifies as hate speech. We have laws prohibiting hate speech, so why don’t you use those laws to force that white trash loser to take down his sign and pay a hefty fine?

    Or maybe Mike Jones is also a bigot and doesn’t want to hurt that racist he’s friends with. Maybe Governor Nathan Deal ought to start an investigation into Mike Jones and his ties to known white supremacists.

    1. > We have laws prohibiting hate speech
      No, that would be unconstitutional.  

      The sign may be unpleasant and offensive, but it’s not using any of the Seven Dirty Words that would qualify it as outright obscenity in most jurisdictions, nor is it calling for violence against the Commander in Chief.  That pesky first amendment gives him the right to voice his opinion, provided that all the other local laws (zoning, lighting, etc) are followed in displaying the sign.

      1. You make a good point.  I wonder what redress I could expect if my neighbor put up signage on his lawn that reads, “I really don’t care for that ignorant, misbegotten, ill-dressed, lazy, foul-smelling, hellbound, doghumping, plug-ugly cracker ne’er-do-well across the street.”

        Could I at least compel him to remove “doghumping” in the absence of a conviction?

  4. It’s a shame to give them publicity, but just think of what this attention is going to do to their hosting fees. 

  5. “…and the inability to correctly spell the word “original”…”

    Or “give them” (I’d accept give ’em) or “something” (I’d accept somethin’) or “clam”.

  6. One time, at a concert, my friend was wearing a shirt with the rebel flag that said, “You lost. Get over it.” A bouncer said to him, “It’s only halftime.” We all laughed at how stupid he was.

    As time goes on, though, and I see bigotry like this pervading conservative culture, I begin to think maybe that bouncer was right. The Civil War has not ended, and was merely smoldering, waiting for folks to politicize their racism, fanning the flames for another horrible American struggle.

    Sadly, it’s not simply divided by geography anymore, either.

    1.  The embers that grew into the flames of the Civil War were already smouldering during the construction of the U.S. Constitution. Even then, the delegates knew that the largest conflicts were not between the large and small states (though these were potent), but between the Northern and Southern states. And though they used euphemisms, slavery was already a contentious issue between the states as they were drafting our founding document.

      The Civil War happened because the Constitutional delegates failed to provide a civil recourse for conflicts between the state and federal governments. They basically ignored the issue of slavery in order to get a Constitution passed. But using Federal troops to force states to remain part of the Union against their will was not something I believe any of the delegates would have foreseen or approved of, except perhaps King-loving Alexander Hamilton or James Madison. Most had a very uneasy relationship with the idea of a strong Federal government, and surely the southern delegates would’ve never signed the Constitution had they known what lay ahead.

    2. The Civil War has not ended

      If they want to step up again, we’ll decimate them again… but this time we won’t let them build those 2nd place trophies up on Monument Avenue in Richmond, VA after they’ve been leveled to the ground.

      1. Who is the “them” that you’re referring to? The idea that the South is home to a racist monoculture, not only to the people fighting for change, but disempowering to the minorities who are the objects of said racism. Or are they not Southerners?

        1. The idea that the South is home to a racist monoculture

          Not my idea.  Hyperbole will get you nowhere with me.

          Who is the “them” that you’re referring to?

          Well, if you actually read the post I’m responding to, it makes it clear who the “them” is.  Racist idiots that want “the south to rise again” under the banner of racism and bigotry.  You have now been spoon-fed.

    1.   In a just world, news reporters would feel comfortable describing things as ‘fucking racist‘, when warranted.

    2. didn’t have the guts to say, “offensive.”

      They reserve that word for Occupy Wall Street protestors.

    3. I think that’s a result of the rather paradoxical view on neutrality most of the US press seems to have.  

    1. You mean a “bodur patroul.”  They’re origionalists when it comes to spelling.

  7. All I can figure is that this is what passes for hipster irony in the deep south, like it’s “slumming” or something:  “Hey, let’s go down to the faux-Klan bar, put on some white hoods and get drunk listenin’ to Skynyrd!”

    Please tell me that’s what this is, although I don’t see how that makes it any better.

    1. i’m pretty sure that Paulding County is both hipster- and irony-free.  Shit like this makes me hate this state sometimes.

  8. I have never felt the need to comment here before, but as a native born Southerner, I feel like commenting and asking for help (FYI: Born NOLA, lived elsewhere for awhile. I’m kind of old and don’t know what the “kids” are into right now, but I think they have the potential to change things. I don’t care if you agree or disagree).

    I would love to do anything legal to show my disapproval of this establishment, but I am currently geographically far from GA.

    Does anyone know how we can legally protest this establishment from a distance? Try and revoke their liquor license? Make an inordinate number of requests to have the health department inspect their kitchen? Tie up their phone lines with non-threatening legal, but still prank, inquiries?

    Any creative (but legal) ideas are welcome. Thank you very much, I appreciate it!

    1. Ridicule. That shitheel is doing more for progressive causes than any hundred of the rest of us, just by giving a reality check to people who don’t understand what’s out there. Here in Kentucky, you see bumper stickers like that constantly.

  9. Did anyone notice that the website shows the owner is a member of the NAACP?

    I am reminded of the Simpson’s character “Ku Klux Klam”.

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