If you went to the South Carolina Tea Party convention this past weekend, you might well have seen people wearing a t-shirt with President Obama dressed as a witch doctor, complete with a bone through his nose, with a caption reading “Your new doctor — Obamacare.” But you’d be crazy to think the guy who made them or those who bought them are racist:
Bob Cramer, a Myrtle Beach local, told Palmetto Public Record that his homemade airbrushed shirt is meant to be a comment about President Obama’s “takeover of medicine” through the Affordable Care Act. The shirt claims that Obama-the-medicine-man is “your new doctor, coming soon to a clinic near you!”
“Some people tell me it’s racist, but it’s not racist — it’s political,” Cramer said. “Matter of fact, that’s how I got invited here.”…Of course, Cramer’s racially-tinged image is by no means original, having been circulating the Internet since the Obamacare fight in 2009. In October, a New Jersey store owner sparked outrage by posting the picture in his window. While the New Jersey man said his business suffered because of the display, Cramer says the reaction in South Carolina has been almost entirely positive.
“I’ve had people chase me down at gas stations asking me where they can buy one, and give me thumbs up on the highway,” he said. “Nobody’s tried to mess with my truck, even when I’ve been in black neighborhoods and other places.”
I hope I don’t have to bother explaining why the shirts are racist.