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‘Put The White Back In White House’ Says T-Shirt At Romney Rally [Photo]

Racism's role in the 2012 election

Lancaster, OH – A Getty Images photographer captured a picture of a man at a Mitt Romney campaign event that read “Put the white back in the White House.” This incredibly offensive image has gone viral, renewing the debate on racism as a theme in the 2012 election, and prompting the Romney/Ryan campaign to issue an official response to the picture.

The image was posted by BuzzFeed, who say that a Romney/Ryan campaign spokesperson “commented that the shirt was reprehensible and has no place in this election.”

Liberal bloggers have jumped all over the image, with the Daily Kos opining that “We shouldn’t kid ourselves. A part of this poll swing is Mitt Romney making himself acceptable to a subsection of white America that was looking for a reason, any reason, to turn away from Obama,” continuing, “It seems, sometimes, like this country gave the black guy a chance to try to pull us out of the greatest, scariest financial crisis since the Great Depression. He did that. And now that we’re not so scared anymore, we’re ready to toss him aside for whatever safe, nonthreatening white guy who looks like all the other Presidents comes along.”

The Huffington Post notes that this isn’t the first time that the topic of racism has come up in the 2012 election cycle. Symbolic protests against President Obama featuring an empty chair lynched in a tree have become disturbingly common, and last month, an Obama supporter in Texas said that her Obama/Biden yard sign had been vandalized with racist epithets.

“We have at least 4 African American families living on this street. I’m so offended,” said the woman. “Not just because whoever did this is ignorant and misinformed and trespassed and vandalized my sign, but infinitely more for my neighbors who might have driven by and seen it.”

Here’s the “put the white back in the White House” image. Do you think that racism is playing an undeniable role in the 2012 election, or is it just a handful of bad apples ruining the bunch?

Romney supporter t-shirt

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32 Responses to “‘Put The White Back In White House’ Says T-Shirt At Romney Rally [Photo]”

  1. Violet Glickstein

    Anyone who thinks race is not an issue needs to get their heads out of the holes in the ground (e.g. ostriches!)

  2. Chris De Pree

    The problem for republicans is that they can't win the election without these folks.

  3. Laura Picard Carter

    Certainly in my neck of the woods much of the anti Obama and Democrat push has racial fear behind it. I heard many "keep the white house white" sentiments expressed in '08 and for those same people to equate those who "suck on the teat of big government" (plainly for no reason) with blacks. Such an easy button that removes any need to think more deeply about issues of society and economic policy. Evidently the IMF conclude that pinching government spending simply exacerbates economic downturns of countries that choose that policy. But admitting that would be political suicide for Romney who can not afford to moderate his intentions for fear of losing that combination of racist voters and religious fundamentalist voters who wish America to become a theocracy.

  4. Denyce Inception Buffington Mugalian

    I love all of the conspiracy crap about this…this is not an Obama supporter. The reason this knucklehead has a sticker on his shirt is because he is at the rally. The shirt is simply expressing his (along with a lot of people's) feelings about a Black Man in The White House. I am betting the reason he put the Mittens sticker on was to show support as he probably had the shirt made up special.

  5. Paul Alsip

    Its sad and uneducated that anyone would vote against a man because he is black. However, it is just as sad and uneducated that a huge percentage will vote for him just because he is black.

  6. Larry D Mitchell II

    He is mixed! He didn't become black until after the 08 election, and if any one is playing the RACE card it is Obama and his cabinet! You and I both know that Romney didn't design that shirt. I've seen Obama swag that says "I eat crackers!"

  7. Arlin Allen

    Very True Paul But The Worst Part Is The Gays Are Just Voteing For Him Be Cause He Say That He Is For The Gay Marrige He Has Said That In For Years Have You Seen Him Realy Put It To Action And Made It A Right In Every State No The States That Have Done It Because They Wanted It Not Because Nobama Done Anything About It !!!!

  8. Ssj Indy

    How many thousands were there and NOT wearing a shirt like that? A good reporter would interview the guy, find out the actual story here. Who is he? Without that, the picture means nothing more than one guy with a tasteless T-shirt got his picture taken.

  9. Ssj Indy

    Curious that Getty hasn't 'moved' this photo on their wire service, yet they have done so for dozens of other photos at the same even by the same photog that has been credited for taking it. It smells of fakery. No, it stinks of rotten fish.

  10. Dave M Pzinger

    Sorry..very few of us Romney supporters share this sentiment. If this photo is real, it is horrible and I condemn it. This could be very well be a staged photo, as there is no context to authenticate it.

    I also condemn the horrible things that were said to and about Stacy Dash when she publicly supported Romney. That was CLEARLY real and a horrible display of hatred from Obama supporters.

  11. Mike Roth

    I'd say this was most likely staged, unlike the "Once you go black, you don't go back" buttons that were for sale at an Obama rally.

  12. Debbi Dyer Greener

    it does not matter to me if it was worn on a certain day, as some are claiming why it might be altered. what matters to me is the fact that there are T-shirts like this out there. very sad :-(

  13. Walter Adams

    Henry David Thoreau said that an American will take a nap and wake up asking; ' What has happened while I was asleep?' He will want to see the newspaper for that hour so he can learn if anything , anywhere has escaped his awareness. Great fortunes are built on this driving need to know.
    Look up and down this page at the articles and pictures to intice your attention; Kim Kardashian's skirt, Woman tatoos her anus, Did Natalie Make a Huge Mistake with Her Hair?
    This picture is another piece of fluffed up nonsense, it is baiting if ever I have seen it. It's like sneaking up behind someone and goosing them in the butt to make them react without thinking.

    The economy is going Hell for leather down hill.
    We are broke and getting broker.
    TWENTY FIVE MILLION people are out of work.
    The middle-east is about to blow higher than the moon.
    Cities all over our land are going bankrupt.

    And the man who has presided over this mess for four years is seeking re-election; He was going to 'Save the World'.
    and he hasn't even been able to save Detroit.

    LOOK! THERE'S A RACIST!

    Whatever it takes to get your eye off the target.

  14. Anonymous

    My campaign sign was vandalized by Obama supporters, but the media didn't care.

  15. Tabitha Thomas

    Also how do folk forget about the dumbest man to ever run a country (BUSH) the drunkard, that failed at every business he ever involved himself in? 8 years of his poor poor performance and then "The man who presided over this mess"….that a unsuccessful drunkard fool created should fix it in 4…but we gave the drunkard 8 to fuck it up. anything to keep YOUR eye off the target (The poor fool who you all elected fucked you over) <——That's THE TARGET! That is all

  16. Tabitha Thomas

    Also how do folk forget about the dumbest man to ever run a country (BUSH) the drunkard, that failed at every business he ever involved himself in? 8 years of his poor poor performance and then "The man who presided over this mess"….that a unsuccessful drunkard fool created should fix it in 4…but we gave the drunkard 8 to fuck it up. anything to keep YOUR eye off the target (The poor fool who you all elected fucked you over) <——That's THE TARGET! That is all

  17. Kimberly Bracken

    I DO NOT HAVE ANY RACIAL FEAR THAT'S A BUNCH OF MALARKY I FEAR GOD .HIS WORD SAYS HOMOSEXUALS ARE AN ABOMINATION AND THAT HE LEAVES THEM OVER TO A REPROBATE MIND I HAVE NOTHING TO GAIN IF I SUPPORT THEIR AGENDA WHEN I PUT MY TRUST IN GOD I STAND BY HIS WORD AND BELIEVE ME THEY WILL ANSWER FOR WHAT THEIR DOING AS WILL I

  18. Chris De Pree

    I am a Christian too, and I guess we just have a different understanding of God's will. If you read Leviticus carefully, I think you will find that you are breaking many of the rules set out in that book of the Old Testament. And no need to shout. :)