Florida's "Rednecks for Obama" Flag Combines "Hope" Poster with Confederate Flag

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The sight of the image of America's first black president juxtaposed next to a Confederate flag may be jarring to some, but 16-year-old Lee County resident Ryan Turner, the founder of the grassroots "Rednecks for Obama" movement (or something), says the use of the images together is meant to show that the president has broad support.

Turner's father died ten years ago from prostate cancer. The disease could have been easily treatable, but the elder Turner was without health insurance and passed away. Ryan Turner believes Obamacare would prevent such needless deaths in the future.

Turner started a "Rednecks for Obama" Facebook page and on the opening of the new Lee County Democrats headquarters he brought a flag which combined Shepard Fairey's famous "Hope" poster with the Confederate flag.

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"If somebody is offended by it, I can understand it because they're only seeing one half of the flag," Ryan's uncle Tony Turner told NBC2.

"We're rednecks, but we're not racists," added Ryan, who sees the flag as a symbol of heritage, not hate.

Indeed, leaders of the local Democratic party asked Ryan to take the flag down, but the county's local NAACP chapter didn't seem to mind.

"Not if the intention is positive," James Muwakkil, president of Lee County's NAACP, told the station. "For us to be here in the Deep South, and to see whites embracing an African-American man -- we love it."

The Obama campaign refused to comment on the mixture of the images, but does say it welcomes the self-proclaimed rednecks support.

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lascaper
lascaper

I have to admit to being REALLY confused when I first looked at the flag.  Kind of freaked me out.  I am quite comfortable with the concept of the non-racist red neck.  But this is the first time I have ever heard someone the confederate flag was a symbol of heritage , not hate, and I believed him.  Can't say I'm actually "comfortable" with looking at this flag but this 16 year old kid has an interesting point of view.  I like it.

mybookwork
mybookwork

The kid is 16, he only knows what a very few people tell him.   He does not know that the Southern lunatic were hell bent for leather to spread slavery -- BY VIOLENCE --into Kansas, Cuba, and even South America.     He was never told about the FIVE Southern Ultimatums issued in May of 1861 by Confederate leaders -- slavery must be spread into Kansas, or their would be war.  No one told  him that.

 

NO one told him Robert E Lee had girls as young as 13 tied up, stripped, and whipped. Yes, he did. See his slave ledgers and personal letters, and newspaper reports about his torture from 1858.   ANd that was not a one time torture.

 

NO one told him that Lee, and many other Southern slave masters, regularly hired bounty hunters to search the North for alledged escaped slaves -- OR THEIR CHLIDREN -- and had those bounty hunters capture men women and children living as FREE IN THE NORTH, and to throw them in wagons, tied and muffled, with blankets over their heads, to take to Arlington for LEe to do with as he pleased.

 

In other words, he does not know the truth about the scum sucking slave owners.

Eugene Williams
Eugene Williams

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Octavio Diaz
Octavio Diaz

That's great! I'm gonna do a Cuban-Americans for Obama poster!

Bernard L. Waters
Bernard L. Waters

Never thought I would ever see these two symbols linked together! Wierd but least the intent is positive. Run with it!

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

What's happening to Romney is the American People are seeing what this man is all about. He is known for being a coward, ran to France under the guise of his church. He and his friends bullied a boy, there'a a difference between harmless pranks and holding a boy down and cutting his hair among other things, notice he needed help to do it, too much of a coward to act on his own. In many circles he is a good business man, in others he is a man who broke other men down by closing their companies, these men lost their insurance, lost their pensions and lost their income, to top it off the govt. had to step in with millions to save their retirement income they worked for so many years to save. He's a flat out liar, never have I heard or seen so many flip-flops..

jameshswor
jameshswor

 @mybookwork In other words, as portrayed by a true scum sucking, puritanical, elitist, revisionist, propaganda spewing, communist pig, whose ancestors probably got filthy rich buying and selling that same cotton, while employing women and children in your ghetto fire trap factories for 16 hrs a day, six days a week.  What's the difference?  Especially since 95% of Southerners owned no slaves...  Have you ever asked yourself why my ancestors, including Honest Abe, could justify the deaths of over 700K people.  The blood is on your hands, pal.

Insanity
Insanity

 @drakemallard AND he keeps his money offshore and won't admit to what he's playing in taxes.    Total CON ARTIST!!!!    Anyone in their right mind can't vote Romney.

leahandjames
leahandjames

 @jameshswor  @mybookwork my family was  poor so imma b in that 5% i dont agree with this, i think its admirable that this 16yo kid is taking a stand, i lived 30yrs of my life in alabama, that last 12 in Canada, i am ashamed of what i come from as far as ppl becuz they think of two thigs when they hear the south. Marry Cousins and kkk, and i think its all horrid, 

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