"Hang in there Obama" sign, adorned with noose, displayed on Wisconsin roadway [IMAGE]

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Savka says his sign won't go anywhere until after election day.
In rural Redgranite, Wisconsin -- located smack-dab in the middle of the state -- an eye-catching sign is displayed alongside Highway 21.

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"Hang in there Obama," the sign reads, with "Hang" and "Obama" in large red font, so that the sign looks like "Hang Obama" from a distance. Some folks think the sign is in extremely poor taste, but here's the kicker -- the man behind the sign, Thomas Savka, claims he's a big Barack backer. The sign, he said, is meant to express his support for the president.

From Wisconsin's Fox 6:
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Said Savka: "If [the sign] gets you off your dead butt, gets you away from watching the football game, and go out and vote... then that's good."
"It's my attitude for it. Everybody's picking on Obama. It's the attitude of 'hang in there, buddy!' It isn't over until you're done kicking," Savka said.

Some who have stopped to take pictures of the sign say with a picture of a noose, the sign has racial implications of lynching.

Savka says that wasn't his intent.

"This has nothing to do with color. It's to get people's attention. If they're taking that direction from it, they're not reading the sign," Savka said.

Neighbors say despite freedom of speech, the sign is in poor taste.

"He could have just put it on there without the noose," [Redgranite resident Rachel] Kern said.
We know Wisconsin is a swing state this year... but we never thought about it in the Jim Crow sense of the term.

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paigetastic
paigetastic

OMG - this is the most horrible sign I have seen throughout this entire election....this isn't freedom of speech....this should be looked upon as a threat on Obama and the guy should be questioned and detained by the CIA......if only just to shake him up a little bit....

keny1
keny1

The sign may be stupid and it may or may not imply racist overtones, but notice how the media, including CP, has made NO mention of the death threats made against Romney and threats of rioting if he is elected on Twitter?

 

 http://www.infowars.com/obama-supporters-continue-threats-to-riot-assassinate-romney/

 

And if you read the Tweets toward the bottom of the article, notice what most of the commenters have in common?

 

Rupar, why don't you post an article on this topic?  

Jason Micks
Jason Micks

Oh Wisconsin. Making Minnesotans shake their heads since we became a state.

Liz Vashro
Liz Vashro

what kind of racist Skonie crap is this?

Ron Hillmer
Ron Hillmer

I thought traditionally the klan and other lynch mobs preferred trees as their racially motivated hanging apparatus of choice. The picture looks more like something a wild west or government execution would use. So either he's not racist, but just really stupid, or he's racist and stupid for screwing up the racist symbolism in his picture.

Keith Jacobson
Keith Jacobson

Just read more... apparently the guy behind the sign says he SUPPORTS Obama.... Say what?! I find that hard to fathom.

Keith Jacobson
Keith Jacobson

A new low. This is so sickening... It'll be awesome watching reactions from the psycho conservatives once Obama is re-elected.

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

@Daniel Anderson That's probably why his Mormonism is being lambasted... oh wait... your point has no validity.

Tom Havran
Tom Havran

If it wasn't racist it would be accompanied by an image of a kitten hanging by its fluffy little paws from a branch.

Erica Anderson
Erica Anderson

That guy has shit for brains if he doesn't realize racial connotation of the noose while professing to be a supporter of the president.

Daniel Anderson
Daniel Anderson

Imagine if this were about Romney,it would be praised big time and laughed at

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

The exact level of disrespect you would expect from a backwoods moron. Way to show who you really are, asshole.

Peter Farnsworth
Peter Farnsworth

In the end it will probably work in reverse and Obama will get more votes..

Patrick Murphy
Patrick Murphy

Blowing people off the map isn't any better than what this image invokes. It's almost more frustrating to me that Nascar hat guy won't own up to the intended implications of the statement he is deliberately making. If you're racist, that's unfortunate. The least you could do is admit it... Though I suppose when every action is rooted in ignorance, it's going to be hard for most folks to understand anything you do.

Britt Woltersdorf
Britt Woltersdorf

This guy is a dumbass. If he for one minute thinks there's no racial implications in reading this sign, he is high. Regardless if you like Obama or not, this is in very poor taste.

Kwongerific
Kwongerific

@andyboettcher Strangely enough the guy said he's pro-Obama. Yep. That imageery Makes lots of sense - I bet he's not in Marketing

Dara Krych
Dara Krych

So much sympathy here for the Murderer-By-Drones...

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

You don't understand, Gretchen how putting a news on a sign, talking about hanging the President... while he's black is representative of hatred? Really?!

Chris Welton
Chris Welton

he back-peddals any faster and he will trip and crack his head open

CarlGisTerrible
CarlGisTerrible

@FauxPaulAllen @citypages a death threat...Wisconsinites have been there before. That's how you disappear forever without a trace.

Paul Gerold
Paul Gerold

looks like something a liberal would do to get press.

Chelsea Holter
Chelsea Holter

Things like this make me mortified to admit I grew up in rural WI. :(

Joe Struss
Joe Struss

Blow WI off the map already. Embarrassing.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd

"They're not reading the sign" Are you f#cking kidding? So not only is this asshole racist, he's got lousy comprehension skills too.

Kellie Carlson
Kellie Carlson

Disgusting and ignorance is all i see in this sign

Belleanima
Belleanima

@citypages are you kidding me?!? This is disgusting! #lovenothate

baconface
baconface

the penmanship on that note @truckload_bear is very lulzy, was it done by a 1st grader?

FerrisAgain
FerrisAgain

 @keny1 What are you talking about? This has been ALL OVER the news!

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@keny1 : corruption, reinforcement of truth behind stereotypes, public stupidity...juicey link indeed

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @keny1 No one reports on that because its made up nonsense only idiot conservatives like you believe.  Only America hating losers read 9/11 truther websites keny. 

atrupar
atrupar

@truckload_bear Whoa! Do you have a pic of your car? Could be a cool blog post.

truckload_bear
truckload_bear

@atrupar Andy Parrish best work. Fuck up kids minds

truckload_bear
truckload_bear

@atrupar ah aging it happened on campus inver hills community college. Turned into security, they are searching the lot video cam logs

atrupar
atrupar

@truckload_bear Check your DMs for my cell number.

atrupar
atrupar

@truckload_bear Thanks so much. I assume man in the photo is you? What's your name and profession? Need those deets for the post.

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