Claim:   Photograph shows a car bearing a bumper sticker with the Obama campaign logo and the slogan “Don’t Re-Nig in 2012.”


Examples:   [Collected via e-mail, March 2012]

MY gf who is a crazy Obama fan tells me this picture of a car’s bumper sticker is “real”. I find it very hard to believe that anyone would put this on their vehicle. Screams Photo Shop to me….please tell me I am correct!

Someone posted this on Facebook and I am hoping it is NOT real! Who would actually manufacture and sell this thing?


Origins:   This image showing a car seemingly bearing a bumper sticker that advocates against Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012 by featuring the Obama campaign logo enclosed in a red circle with a diagonal line (the universal symbol for “No”) and the slogan “Don’t Re-Nig in 2012” and “Stop repeat offenders. Don’t reelect Obama!” in smaller type below first hit our inbox in March 2012. On many sites where this image has appeared on the Internet, viewers have expressed offense at its use of a shortened form of a detestable racial slur.

Although we don’t yet know the specific origins (genuine or otherwise) of this particular image, what it depicts is certainly real. Internet users can easily find instances of online vendors offering the very same bumper stickers and other products (such as shirts) of similar design, and even an eponymous web site devoted to the sale of such products.

Last updated:   15 March 2012