After being called racist for flying his confederate flag, a Missouri man came up with an interesting plan to prove to his neighbors that he is not racist.
He hung a sign from his house advertising slaves for sale.
Richard Geisenheyner, of Liberty, said he displays the Confederate flag to express his anti-government views, and he said anyone who’s offended by the banner is “stupid,” reported WDAF-TV.
Geisenheyner, who uses an electrolarynx to speak, wants everyone to know that anyone who equates the confederate flag with slavery is simply stupid.
“If people actually believe that a Confederate flag stands for slavery, well, I might as well be just as stupid as they are,” he told the TV station.
Geisenheyner claims the flag is a political statement and of course he can’t b racist because he has mixed race grandchildren.
“It is for people that are tired of the government telling them what to do and what to think,” he said. “That is what a Southern rebel is.”
Even his neighbors who were OK with the confederate flag think the slaves sign is ridiculous.
“His rebel flag don’t have a damn thing to do with me, wave it all you want,” said one man, who asked not to be identified on TV. “This idiot with his slaves for sale, are you fricking kidding me?”
Other neighbors said the flag — and Geisneheyner’s sign — were an offensive reminder of not-so-distant “Jim Crow” policies, which some people believe are having a resurgence.
“I am going to tell you why it is offensive to me,” one neighbor told the TV station. “I remember the signs on the wall that says ‘white only.’ I am that old. I remember the signs on the wall that says ‘Negroes only entrance here.’”
Geisenheyner took the “slaves 4 sale” sign down Tuesday afternoon, saying his point had been made, but neighbors hope he finds a more appropriate way to show his not racism in the future.
“If people called him a racist because he was flying the rebel flag and he wanted to make a statement and put up slaves for sale, well, I didn’t offend you, I haven’t called you a racist so you have got to think about the other people in the community,” said one woman who lives nearby.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)