A convenience store in New Mexico has faced growing calls to take down controversial window signs that target US President Barack Obama, Muslims, Hillary Clinton and Colin Kaepernick.
The Mayhill Convenience Store has reportedly displayed these signs for years and has even sold them to customers.
One of the signs reads “Kill Obama” and another says “Obama & Muslims not welcome here.” The posters also include racially-tinged epithets with one reading “2012 No Re-nig.”
Being racially offensive in a kingdom obsessed with skin colour
Marlon McWilliams, former store employee, told KOB 4 that the signs have been there for a long time. He added that the owner also sells toilet paper with Obama’s face on it.
Another sign aimed at NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who protested at police brutality against black people , called him an “overpaid half breed” and asked him to go back to Africa.
"If you go in there and offend him, you can't go back again. He turns a lot of people away," McWilliams added. Some of the signs, including the ones that said “all lives natter”, were offensive and no longer went into the shop.
Scottish politician on tackling racist abuse following oath-taking in Urdu
Social media users have been criticising the racist posters but no one has made a complaint. Community members have urged others to write negative reviews for the store.
The store is up for sale at over $350,000.
One Facebook user wrote a review for the store’s Facebook page saying that the owner does not have the right to discriminate against people in the name of free speech.
The Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights advocacy group, issued a statement on Saturday based on the offensive signs. "While everyone has the right to free speech, we urge the store's owner to remove the sign in the interest of our nation's unity at a time of increasing divisions," said Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director of CAIR.
Anti-Muslim poster displayed at UK eatery sparks controversy
CAIR added that there were more than 900 anti-Muslim incidents in the month after Donald Trump was elected, including Muslim women being targeted and mosques being threatened.
This story originally appeared on The Independent.
Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.
For more information, please see our Comments FAQ