’47 Percent Negro’: Anti-Obama Protest Turns Racist In Phoenix

AP

As President Barack Obama spoke in Phoenix Tuesday about responsible home ownership, hundreds of people stood outside protesting his policies, many shouting and carrying racially charged chants and signs.

“Bye Bye Black Sheep,” the protestors shouted at one point, a reference to the president’s skin color, according to the Arizona Republic.

Another protestor carried a sign that said “Impeach the Half-White Muslim!”

“He’s 47 percent Negro,” one protestor shouted.

“We have gone back so many years,” Judy Burris told the Republic. “He’s divided all the races. I hate him for that.”

Obama supporters were also rallying outside the high school where the president spoke.

“There’s so much extremism in Arizona,” said Jonathan Rines, a retired member of the U.S. Navy, of the ‘Black Sheep’ chant. “The people who are doing that are a vocal minority.”

Read more about the protest here.

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