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Hot Topic (3/10): Is the Confederate flag a symbol of racism? Is this man a racist?

Is the Confederate flag a symbol of racism? 

Is this man a racist?


Man berating Barack at high-traffic spot

Larry Ford said signs will stay up on his property until Obama is out of office

FORT WALTON BEACH - A man who flies a Confederate flag on property he owns on Beal Parkway added two large signs Wednesday to express his feelings about President Barack Obama.

"January 20, 2009, A Day of Darkness, Hussen (sic)" is written on both signs, which are each about the size of a dinner table.

Before the second sign was even in the ground, someone had called the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office to ask a deputy to take a look to make sure the first sign would not "incite something."

Property owner Larry Ford said he put up the signs to share his opinion of Obama, who he refers to as "Hussein."

"We've got a man who shouldn't even be president," Ford said when reached by phone Thursday. "He's an insult to the decent, hard-working people that made this country what it is."

By Thursday night, Ford was featured on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann as the worst person in the world.

Ford said the feedback he'd gotten in the first 24 hours was positive, but he realized there would be those who disagreed with him.

An active-duty military woman who wrote to the Daily News agreed that the property owner had a constitutional right to express his opinion, but said she was upset that the president's middle name is misspelled.

When that was pointed out to Ford, he wasn't concerned.

"I think everybody knows who I'm talking about, don't you?" he said. "American people are the stupidest people in the world, but something like that I think they can figure out."

Local Democrat Judy Byrne Riley hadn't seen the signs but laughed when she heard about them.

"(Obama) won, get used to it," is the message she said she would send to Ford. "He is your president too, whether you agree with it or not.

"He won fair and square, unlike the election in 2000, when (George W.) Bush didn't win fair and square. And we put up with him for many, many years."

Ford said he will leave the signs up "until we get rid" of Obama.


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by on Mar. 10, 2009 at 7:45 AM
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by New Member on Mar. 14, 2009 at 9:32 PM

For many years, Americans have been running around using race, religion, gender and every other excuse known to man to overlook their own faults.  The bottom line is we have a new president who happens to  be a little out of the norm, but from what I can see, he really must love his country. Only a love that strong would give you the strength to help a country who hates you because of your race, or middle name.  We are so quick to judge another person and half of us are sitting home right now with out a job, past due bills, and credit reports the length of a city block. Apparently the way we have been running this county before has finally caught up with us and we should support anyone who is willing to help us fix this mess that WE have gotten ourselves into.  So lets figure out together what we can do to contribute to help our Americans and STOP CRITICIZING OTHER PEOPLE.  

by on Mar. 14, 2009 at 9:58 PM

I was born and raised in Mississippi, and the Confederate flag is our state flag. When I think of the Confederate flag I think of the South...not of racism.

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