I wrote a letter to the editor of my local newspaper. (Click to embiggen the picture)
It went a little something like this:
Jimmy Carter was right; there is confident, overt racism in much of the
opposition to Obama. It’s not just in isolated enclaves or in the Deep
South. I was using an ATM at a shop called “Sticks and Stones” in the
Oceanwalk Mall at the Ramada Inn in Hollywood Beach. The proprietor has a
display in a small enclave right inside the doorway, across from the ATM. I
attached a picture that I took with my iPhone. It has a cardboard cutout of
Obama, a stuffed baboon, and a book on Wild Chimapanzees.
I was disgusted, not only because this shop owner felt so confident in his
racism that he would put up a display like that, but also because there are
so many people who apologize for and deny similar situations and incidents.