Racism Is Alive And Well: 35 Incredibly Racist Anti-Obama Images

This post is part of PBS's Race 2012 Blogging Project. Race 2012: A Conversation About Race and Politics in America, a PBS election special, uses the current presidential election as a lens through which to explore America’s rapidly changing racial landscape. The film re-airs on PBS Friday October, 19th. (Check local listings) The film can also be viewed at the PBS Race 2012 website.

WARNING: This post contains inflammatory racist imagery and language collected from various online news sites, blogs, forums, and social networks. 

If Obama's 2008 inauguration was supposed to signal some kind of 'post-racial' America, someone forgot to send a memo.

We've all seen or heard our share of racist anti-Obama sentiment. Some of us may be insulated enough that we rarely come in contact with those who would find this stuff amusing. Others, however, are less fortunate, and are reminded regularly that although we have made great strides over the past few hundred years, a deep undercurrent of racism continues in our culture.

Although racism rears its ugly head in many areas of American life from time to time -- in the workplace, in the classroom, in the media, etc. -- nothing brings out racism quite like politics.

Racism has always been a staple in American politics (the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Republicans' "Southern Strategy," Reagan's "welfare queen," Jesse Helms' "Hands" ad, to cite a few examples). We cringe when we recall these (and other) events. We are relieved to have these times behind us.

While the days of lynchings and fire-hoses are behind us, racism is alive and well in 2012. The election of our first African-American president unleashed an incessant stream of racism that continues, and there is no sign of it letting up.

Many on the right think liberals are quick to cry "racism," that we are too sensitive, or that we are misinterpreting the message. "It's okay to hang an effigy of Bush," they say, "but we're not allowed to hang an effigy of Obama?" Or, "It's okay to make George Bush look like a monkey, but when we make Obama look like a monkey, it's racism?"

Yes. It is.

What many fail to understand is that there is not a history of whites being lynched in America. There is not a history of whites being depicted as monkeys. Our words, our statements, and our imagery, carry the baggage of history. To fail to recognize the difference between hanging a white man's effigy and hanging a black man's effigy is to fail to recognize this.

There's a world of difference between a depiction of Hansel and Gretel being put in an oven and a depiction of Elie Wiesel being put in an oven. If you don't appreciate that difference, you are either willfully ignorant or woefully uneducated.

Yes, there are instances where the term 'racism' is thrown around a bit loosely. Yes, some are guilty of being a little too sensitive and crying racism when it is not merited. But the sensitivity would not exist if there were not already a torrent of legitimately racist remarks, depictions, and displays to reference.

I wrestled with the idea of compiling these highly offensive images. Arguably, the perpetuation of these images, even in the context of condemnation, does more damage than good. But the sad truth is that a simple Google search will return each and every one of these images (and then some) -- duplicated countless times in various locations across the web.

This compilation of disturbing and inflammatory images is a stark reminder of the level of hatred that continues nearly a half-century after the civil rights movement. It is to remind us that although we have come a long way, we are still very far from a widespread acceptance of racial equality.

Here are 21 news-making examples (and 14 additional images) of overt racism directed at the President:

1. A San Bernadino Republican group distributed Obama Bucks:

2. A bar owner sells Curious George Obama T-shirts:

3. Manhattan boutique sells "Obama Is My Slave" T-shirts:

4. A man was photographed by Getty Images at a Romney-Ryan rally in Lancaster, Ohio, wearing a "Put The White Back In the White House" T-shirt:

5. A California Tea Party activist e-mailed an image of Barack Obama depicted as a chimpanzee:

6. Online business sells "Don't Re-Nig in 2012" bumper stickers:

7. A N.J. clothing store's window display shows President Barack Obama as a witch doctor:

8. A billboard in Missouri depicts Barack Obama in a turban:

9. Anti-Obama yard signs in Massachusetts:

10. Anti-Obama signs in Pennsylvania:

11. Georgia Bar owner calls Obama "Nigger" on business sign and claims he isn't racist:

12. Racist anti-Obama slogan appears on a $5 bill:

13. Racist sign erected in Wisconsin by guy who claims he's a "big fan" of the President:

14. Billboard appears in Colorado depicting Obama as a suicide bomber, a gangster, a Mexican revolutionary and a homosexual:

15. Sign from a Tea Party rally:

16. The below image featuring Obama in drag eating fried chicken was featured on a John Locke Foundation website:

17. Texas resident lynched an empty chair following Clint Eastwood's empty chair bit at the RNC:

18. Altered Obama yard signs in Texas:

19.  Florida pastor Terry Jones hangs Obama effigy outside church (flanked by gay pride flag and Muhammad cartoon):

20. A pair of racist images posted on the Mecklenburg County VA Republican Party Facebook page:

What's truly sad is that this is only the tip of the iceberg.  One need only to do a Google search to unearth all kinds of ugliness.

And while the above examples received press from multiple sources, we can't catalog the incessant posting, emailing, and sharing of racist political imagery.

The below are all legitimate images circulating on the Internet, via social networks, online forums, emails, and blogs:


  1. It all stems from a lack of education....our countries biggest nightmare!
    Gordon Myers

    1. Ignorance and hatred, more like.

    2. These are hilarious, thank you! Some are indeed poor taste, but many are just creative. I laughed out loud at several of them. Great collection!

    3. "Some are indeed poor taste," You think?? They're all gross insults to a fine man and his wife. If you think they're funny you're as much a racist as the cretins who created them.

    4. so now you have a dumb ass nigger letting ISIS, mexicans,and ebola run wild. then you have a dumb ass nigger nurse fly after she treated an ebola patient and has a fever.

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  4. This is shameful. I can't believe it, and yet somehow, I do.

  5. Excellent post. Yet another example of pictures saying a thousand words. Keep up the great work!

    1. Another idiot heard from!

  6. Well, this is sad and disgusting. However I must point out, the guy with the chair hanging is here in Austin and did not mean for it to appear as a "lynching." He was attempting to make a reference to the empty 'chair' and make it visible for all to see. When it was pointed out that it appeared to be lynched, he quickly took it down from the tree and stated that was not his message. All the other people are idiots though.

  7. Racism is a Cancer! I can only pray for the people who created these images.

    I will just focus on the fact which these sick red necks can never change; Barack H. Obama is the 44th President of the United States.

    1. Kind of interesting that you cry racist while using a term in the same sentence to make fun of farmers and poor country folk who work out in the sun all day. Do you really think racism is solely in farmers who burn there necks from working outside all day? You don't think that possibly racists come from all backgrounds and different color of skin? The only word that comes to mind when folks like you speak is ignorant. FYI democrats have racist folks in the ranks as well. I know, shocker.

    2. Do you think "farmer" is the only definition of "redneck"?

      "Shocker." It would surprise no liberal to find that a small number of registered Democrats are racist rednecks.

      See? The term I'm going for is "racist redneck." Not all rednecks are racist, but a huge number of white racists in the USA are redneck racists.

      It is a term that does define a subset of Americans. Live with it, or try not to play the violins too loud if you choose to play dumb.

      Going into the sociology of the thing, it is also true that many skinheads come from redneck backgrounds. Call them skinhead racists, but their red necks are usually in plain view. You know. Shocker.

      Another term for it is white racist trash, although the posters could have been designed by anyone of any race.

      Sure they could have. Can you say white racist trash? Sure you can. It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood.

  8. Remember the AlamoMay 16, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    There is still a place where freedom is alive and well and that place is called T E X A S.

    Everything else is an OBAMINATION!

    1. So why don't you just go ahead and secede? The rest of us already think of you as a foreign country anyway.

    2. Yes, freedom is alive and well in Texas, as long as you are an ignorant white male.

    3. One of the biggest mistakes America ever made was to allow Texas to enter the union in 1845.

    4. Remember the dumbass racist crapping under "Remember the Alamo"August 28, 2014 at 3:39 AM

      Texas is bigger and stupider than most of America, so it is no surprise that a stupid racist who tries to smear Obama while he smears his own crap on proud Texas history claims to be a Texan.

      Like a whorehouse madam might claim to be a Mother Superior.

  9. Actually I have an authentic picture of Obama wearing a turban. Additionally the picture portraying him as a witchdoctor is hardly racist. I see the point being made by that particular pic. Had some racist caption been included then sure...but not the case here. The rest of the images of course are without a doubt racially offensive.

    1. The billboard featuring the caricature of Obama wearing a turban is racist and bigoted.

      The Ghanaian witch doctor photoshop is racist as well. Equating Obama with an ignorant, superstitious, dishonest African shaman really does evoke a racist stereotype.

  10. I don't know who spends their Photoshopping pictures of Obama, but whoever does.... get a life.


    1. One of the "gay agenda recent victories was established when homosexual autoworkers were successful in coercing the UAW management to quietly slip their gay and lesbian partners into the autoworkers benefit package...These same-sex gay and lesbian people had nothing to do with the auto industry and didn't work for the companies or earn these benefits.

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    3. you sound like an ignorant prick..

    4. "OBAMA IS A BOSS"??? ...HELL NO!!! Where's your head been? ...up obama's backside or up yours? obama is an evil, lying globalist controlled puppet and complete piece of quivering stench who was obviously placed into position regardless of the vote.

      Pretty much everything that piece of sloppy stench has done is against The People ...even though some of his machinations will show themselves after time, but most are obvious now ...which is why I asked where your head has been. People like you are either complete idiots that do not think for themselves, or are complete racists for standing behind such a complete piece of S--T (especially in light of his obvious low and evil intent) just because he is regarded a "black". By the way, obama is half white and half black.

    5. Now that is a racist

    6. Everything he's done is NOT against the American people. Thanks to health care, this heart patient was able to get much needed medical testing to make sure that what they fixed when I was 4 is still working. I have not had medical insurance since I was in my 20's, so getting EKG's and electrocardiograms was more than I could afford. Thanks to the health care act so many ignorant people scream about, people like me can be assured that we aren't in imminent danger of dying. Imagine never being able to find out whether something is wrong with your health because you have no insurance. Now shut up.-Stacey E.

  11. I don't consider all of these as racist. More than anything I here anger and resentment. Many see him as un American and many are fed up with what they perceive him to be doing to this country.
    As for the pictures, creative, some quite funny. Many pictures of this type have also been done using whites but I don't recall anyone screaming racist then.

    1. What is the site where the white people are in those pics again? Quick to leave that comment but nothing to back it ul

    2. I agree - quick to leave a comment without any backup. I would love to view those pics of white people photoshopped in a racially discriminating way. Please, please give us the website so we can all have a good laugh! Hilarious! Go lick your wound - Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America - Get used to that fact...

  12. Is it weird that I am now eager for someone on Facebook to make a comment about how certain they are that race has nothing to do with the intense condemnation of Obama, just so I can post this?

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  14. "OBAMA IS A BOSS"??? ...HELL NO!!! Where's your head been? ...up obama's backside or up yours? obama is an evil, lying globalist controlled puppet and complete piece of quivering stench who was obviously placed into position regardless of the vote ...because of evil Globalist Agenda!

    Pretty much everything that piece of sloppy stench has done is against The People ...even though some of his machinations will show themselves after time, but most are obvious now ...which is why I asked where your head has been. People like you are either complete idiots that do not think for themselves, or are complete racists for standing behind such a complete piece of S--T (especially in light of his obvious low and evil intent) just because he is regarded a "black". By the way, obama is half white and half black.

  15. Anything said as a truth must be cited, that's how you prove things. Stop blindly believing Obama and his politics are bad! Also the racism is very unitelligent, it makes no difference!

    Any claim made against Obama must be cited FACTS otherwise you are blindly believing information so it could be false.

  16. Do the country a big service and vote the Teapublican bigots out of office this November.

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  19. The White Side of the Story of Negroes
    By Patrick J. Buchanan

    This is the reason CNN has dropped Buchanan. It's like Newt G. Said, "you're not supposed to bring up uncomfortable Facts." (verified on Buchanan's website)

    Finally.............It is Said Publicly. I have never seen the white side explained better!
    Pat Buchanan had the guts to say it. It is about time!!

    By Patrick J. Buchanan

    Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America .. Fair enough. But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation.. White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to.... This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:

    First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.. Jeremiah Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.

    Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the '60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream. Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks -- with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas -- to advance black applicants over white applicants. Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated their time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.
    We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude??

    Barack talks about new 'ladders of opportunity' for blacks. Let him go to Altoona ? And Johnstown, and ask the white kids in Catholic schools how many were visited lately by Ivy League recruiters handing out scholarships for 'deserving' white kids...? Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America ? Is it really white America 's fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent?

    Is that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of the black community itself?

    As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?

    Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?

    We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena . And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.

    Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago. This needs to be passed around because, this is a message everyone needs to hear!!!

    OK...........will you pass it on ?

    YES. I did but will you?

  20. [ Seen this little morsel? It was spotted by me while I was surfing up a storm!] Obama: Funny & Frank

    (1) Barack-coli: a vegetable or a national plague!
    (2) Obama Coffee: grounds for impeachment!
    (3) Obama's favorite candy: Mecca Wafers!
    (4) Proverbs 17:7 (NIV): "Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool - how much worse lying lips to a ruler!"
    (5) When Obama says we're on the cutting edge of history, he must be thinking about beheadings!
    (6) New Nursery Rhyme: Obaba Black Sheep keeps pulling the wool over our eyes!
    (7) The southwest is running out of water, but Obama is helping with his surplus of wet*****!
    (8) Proverbs 19:10 (NIV): "It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury - how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!"
    (9) Obama is an expert on beheading. After lunch he tells his secretary: "I'll be heading back to the golf course!"
    (10) Uncle Sam hasn't built the border fence high enough to keep out the un-American criminals. I repeat, Uncle Sam hasn't built the White House fence high enough to keep out the un-American criminals - and they're now inside the White House!
    (11) Proverbs 30:21, 22 (NIV): "the earth...cannot bear up [under] a servant who becomes king."
    (12) We've gone from America's Declaration of "unalienable rights" to Obama's Proclamation of ALIENable rights!
    (13) The nicest words Obama could repeat while golfing: "I'm having a stroke, I'm having a stroke"!

    (For more on the Obamas, Google "Michelle Obama's Allah-day" and "The Background Obama Can't Cover Up.")

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  22. as a person that usually vote republican, I don't appreciate that the president of USA to be disrespected like this. Our democracy should be our pride cause it has no color. this democracy brought G W Bush to the oval office and we followed him.