This Black Man’s Vehicle Is Upsetting And Confusing People

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Black man seen driving around with "nigger racing Home Depot" on a vehicle he is towing. Photos via Reddit

Today, New York Daily News columnist Shaun King posted on Facebook about a very racist looking vehicle. The side of the vehicle reads “nigger racing Home Depot,” and the sign on the back reads “they call it Home Depot, we call it nigger depot.” Shaun has since deleted the post.

The lady who originally posted about it, Shannon Hall-Bulzone, seemed very distraught over the sighting.  Shannon said she “had to pull off the highway. I’m shaking.”  She went on to say “my kids shouldn’t have to live in a world where this is acceptable.” "nigger racing" race car

While I didn’t suspect Home Depot had any connection to the racism, I did some searching just to double check. It turns out this vehicle was spotted all over the Tampa, Florida area and is being driven by a black man.

 

The same guy or group has apparently led other protests with very similar signs. I found one sign with very similar context outside an Amscot Financial branch and one outside of a Bank of America branch.

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We found a phone number listed on the side of the truck that’s hauling the trailer. The man who answered the phone would not give his name or answer any questions. He said he would respond after Home Depot “has the chance to say their side of the story.” We have yet to hear anything back from Home Depot.

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Shaun King wasn’t the first journalist to mistake this man’s protest vehicle for an attack on the African-American community. Back in June, amidst a Trump rally in Tampa, the vehicle was seen driving near a group of protestors. An article by the site Winning Democrats reported the truck as a display of racism and discussed it with mayoral candidate Junior Salazar. “It explains clearly what Trump and his supporters believe in,” Salazar told Winning Democrats after they saw the truck passing by.

So, after extensive digging, we’re left with more questions than we have answers. However, to the people in the Tampa area, rest assured that this isn’t a white supremacist trying upset the African American community.

 

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3 Comments on This Black Man’s Vehicle Is Upsetting And Confusing People

  1. It’s shocking to me the number of people that take offense to a word. The word nigger has no racial context to it what so ever, but everyone automatically attaches it to the racial slur it took on due to the “Jim Crow” era. All words have meaning. Seek out the context before you assign blame or a facial tag to them.

  2. I was driving with 3 children to go to the Tampa Aquarium when we saw the vehicle with all of the offensive markings on it. There isn’t a good enough reason to display such a vehicle. In addition to the words, there were offensive symbols as well (Swastikas). Was it white supremacy hate? Was it a joke (not funny)? Was there a bigger message (didn’t get it)? I hope somebody does enough research to get to the bottom of it. Seeing the vehicle is disturbing; and by the content of the comments on this site, just discussing it seems to incite anger and insult.

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