It's getting harder all the time to be a racist in America. Barry West, Commissioner in Coffee County of Middle, Tennessee (yes, those are real names), is coming under fire for this extremely offensive image he put on his facebook feed. Actually it's the combination of the image and the caption: "how to wink at a Muslim."
Get it? He's got one eye closed (so he's winking) and he's pointing a gun, which, according to West, is an appropriate way to greet a Muslim. Any Muslim. Any of the 1.4 billion of them. This guy wouldn't do so well in say, Pakistan or Indonesia, his arms would get tired from pointing the gun at everyone he saw.
West, for his part, is unrepentant.
"I’m prejudiced against anyone who’s trying to tear down this country, Muslims, Mexicans, anybody," he said. "If you come into this country illegally or harm us or take away benefits, I’m against it."
Yeah, all those people that harm America. Like Congressional Republicans, the Supreme Court, the Koch brothers, and...oh, sorry all of those people are white. Most of them anyway. West isn't talking about them. He's talking about Muslims, Mexicans, and anyone who looks funny in a non-white sort of way.
A word of advice for any brown-skinned individuals out there: stay away from Middle, Tennessee. In fact, just to be safe, stay away from Middle, Anywhere. Believe it or not, this country is evolving, but it's happening a lot faster on the coasts.