A convenience store in New Mexico has sparked outrage among local residents with its offensive display of signs targeting President Barack Obama, Muslims, Hillary Clinton and Colin Kaepernick. One in particular reads, “Obama & other Muslims Not welcome here.”
The Mayhill Convenience Store has reportedly been plastering similar signs on its windows for years. It also sells toilet paper with Obama’s face on it and also posted a sign that read “Kill Obama.”
Another poster called Kaepernick — the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who knelt during the national anthem and kick started a movement — an "overpaid half breed" who should "go back to Africa."
The storeowner also sells these signs to like-minded racist folks in the town.
“It’s been here a long time,” said former store employee Marlon McWilliams, referring to the anti-Obama and Islamophobic sign. “They’re offensive to me from time to time, but you know that’s my opinion. That’s the way I feel.”
While the posters have caused outrage, the police have reportedly not opened an investigation into the matter because no one officially complained.
Instead, a number of residents have taken to social media to complain about the convenience store.
However, some are defending the discriminatory display.
The store is up for sale for $359,000.
“I wish somebody would buy it,” McWilliams added. “I really do, because it would be a great asset for somebody to be there to run it. Because that's the only place you can go to get milk and bread.”
Meanwhile, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked the storeowner to take down the “Obama & other Muslims not welcome” sign.
“While everyone has the First Amendment right to free speech — even offensive speech — we urge the store’s owner to remove the sign in the interest of common decency and of our nation’s unity at a time of increasing divisions,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Incidents of Islamophobia and racist harassment have been on a worrisome rise since Donald Trump’s unexpected election victory. The Southern Poverty Law center reported some 1,000 bias-related incidents between Nov. 8 and Dec. 12 alone.