- Patrick Lanzo horrified the community with a similar sign at his bar in 2009
- Interior of the Georgia Peach Oyster Bar decorated with racist imagery
- Lanzo advertises the establishment as a ‘Klan Bar’
A Georgia bar owner has sparked outrage by displaying a sign outside his establishment calling Barack Obama a ‘n***er’.
Patrick Lanzo, of Paulding County, insists that the sign beside the Georgia Peach Oyster Bar is not racist and is simply a political protest over the President’s policies.
Yet the owner advertises his drinking hole as a ‘Klan Bar’ – a clear reference to far-right group the Ku Klux Klan - and has a history of catering to some of the most notorious racist organisations in the U.S.
The message on Lanzo’s sign reads, ‘I do not support the n***** in the White House.’
But Lanzo said he ‘did not feel bad about anything whatsoever’, according to Atlanta’s Fox 5.
He added: ‘I say just because you’re offended by it doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to say something just the opposite.
‘Therefore, they can go out and put their own sign in their own yard and I will not be offended.
It is not the first time he has caused uproar by placing offensive slogans outside his bar.
In 2009, he installed a sign that read, ‘Obama’s plan for health-care: n***** rig it.’
Again, he maintained it was simply a protest against the government’s policies on healthcare, rather than racist abuse.
Asked why he had chosen to use the word, Lanzo replied, ‘Well, I’ve used it most of my life. There are different ways to put your opinion up, but that’s just the words I choose.’
Fox 5 reported that Paulding County officials know about the sign, but can do little to prevent it.
In the U.S., hate speech is legal (except for obscenity, defamation, incitement to riot, and fighting words).
Laws prohibiting hate speech are unconstitutional in the U.S.; the federal government and state governments are broadly forbidden by the First Amendment of the Constitution from restricting speech.