Neighbors Outraged When They See What Man Hung Outside His Home

Some people aren't quite sure how to prove their point in the most effective way. This man is a prime example.

Richard Geisenheyner, a resident of Liberty, Missouri, has made what some are calling “the most confusing stand against slavery in American history.” Mr. Geisenheyner made headlines when he hung up a racially charged sign above a Confederate flag he flies at his Liberty home.

The sign, which reads “Slaves 4 Sale” offended hundreds of local residents who were understandably outraged by the racial implications of Mr. Geisenheyner’s display. Now, Mr. Geisenheyner has responded to the local and national outrage, telling local journalists that he had hung up the sign to prove that he ‘isn’t a racist or white supremacist’.

In an interview with WDAF, a Kansas City TV network, Mr. Geisenheyner tried to explain his motivation for hanging up the offensive sign, saying:

“If people actually believe that a Confederate flag stands for slavery, well, I might as well be just as stupid as they are...It [the Confederate Flag] is for people that are tired of the government telling them what to do and what to think. That is what a Southern rebel is.”

During his interview with WDAF, Mr. Geisenheyner also spoke about his biracial grandchildren and continued to insist that his political statement had nothing to do with race or slavery. However, media pundits are still confused and want to know how Mr. Geisenheyner’s respect for the Confederate flag explains the reprehensible message on his hand-made sign.

Unsurprisingly, Mr. Geisenheyner’s neighbors don’t share his beliefs. In a statement to the Kansas City Star, Steve Plowman condemned the confusing and offensive display, saying: “I think it’s wrong, very wrong. I think somebody needs to have a serious talk with him.”

Another neighbor, who remains unnamed, also spoke out about the sign and flag after she was reminded about pre-civil rights brutality, telling WDAF: “I remember the signs on the wall that says ‘White only.’ I am that old, I remember the signs on the wall that says ‘Negroes only entrance here.’”

The unnamed neighbor remains confused and hurt by the implicit attack on other members of the community, saying: “I haven’t called you [Geisenheyner] a racist so you have got to think about the other people in the community.”

The incident has occurred at a sensitive time in Missouri, with state’s resident’s grappling over the symbolic significance of Confederate statues and flags. The mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, recently spoke out against the relics of the Civil War and Confederacy, telling a Gallier Hall crowd:

“These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy, ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement and the terror that it actually stood for.”

The Missouri man’s perplexing theory has gained traction in social media networks – but it’s not the attention Mr. Geisenheyner wanted.

“So he put the 'slaves 4 sale' sign next to the Confederate flag because the Confederate flag doesn't represent slavery? This guy is hilariously dumb,” slammed ‘Gumby’.

After his sign and flag display drew national media attention, Mr. Geisenheyner tried to quietly remove it, telling reporters “My point has been made.”

Source: NY Daily News, Yahoo
Photos: WDAF TV, Fox 4, CW33, News Video Clips

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