November 18, 2014 8:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]With tensions rising in Ferguson ahead of the grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson, some troll has crowdfunded a racist billboard that will purportedly say “#PantsUPDontLoot,” and while this troll is getting all the attention he wants, shockingly few of the outlets covering the story are willing to call it what it is.

The billboard’s slogan is a racist conservative taunt first coined by the conservative National Review, modeled on the Ferguson protesters’ “Hands up, don’t shoot” chant, and now adopted by Don Alexander, the Brentwood, Tennessee resident who says he’s a supporter of Officer Darren Wilson. The description of his fundraiser (which has met its goal) is now missing from his Indiegogo page, but here’s what it used to say:

This crowdfunding campaign is for the purchase of a billboard in the Ferguson, MO area. The billboard will display black text on a white background with the text “#PantsUPDontLoot”. After some initial confusion we are working with other, undisclosed companies in the area that are willing to create and display this image. The funds collected from this campaign will be used to purchase this billboard for as long as possible. Lamar originally quoted us ~$2,500 for 1 month but others have come in under that amount. Whatever funds we receive will go directly to keeping the billboard campaign up as long as possible. If we come to an agreement with a company and can fund it for 3 months, 5 months, 7 months…, we will.

The page now redirects users to this website, which studiously catalogs all the attention Alexander is getting from online outlets. On its own, this bit of racist trollery isn’t all that noteworthy. The billboard page reached its donation target quickly, but with only 29 donors, which means there are, at best, 30 idiots who want to see this thing go up.

No, what I found remarkable was how Alexander was able to crib together clippings from online outlets like Gawker, RawStory, TPM, and Mediaite, without once having his project called racist, or in most cases, even mentioning the racial implications of it…READ MORE [su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

11 responses to Why Are People Afraid To Call ‘#PantsUPDontLoot’ Billboard Racist?

  1. whatthe46 November 18th, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    keep stirring the pot. it’s racist and there’s no other way to look at it.

    • Robert M. Snyder November 19th, 2014 at 1:26 am

      The sign makes reference to behaviors, not racial characteristics. It sounds exactly like the kind of thing that a strong and loving mother might say to her son as he was leaving the house to attend a protest. “Pull your pants up, and whatever you do, don’t get involved in any looting.”

      • whatthe46 November 19th, 2014 at 1:33 am


        • Tallulah Darling November 19th, 2014 at 3:30 am

          Very well said.

        • Robert M. Snyder November 19th, 2014 at 3:52 am

          Has it ever occurred to you that the sign might have been designed and paid for by a group of black pastors or predominantly black churches? Would it still be racist in that case?

          • fahvel November 19th, 2014 at 4:14 am

            are you a fool or are you a clown? – a clown at least might be being silly and wandering around with big shoes – you seem to be serious which tends to make one choose fool.

          • whatthe46 November 19th, 2014 at 5:10 am

            i read your post before i could respond to his. the thing is, i can’t respond to nonsense. i wonder if it occurs to him that he’s likely a racist in denial, cause that sh’t he said makes no sense.

      • fahvel November 19th, 2014 at 3:44 am

        and the cloud your head is in sees what? Nothing real it seems but very cuddly.

    • Matt Dillon November 19th, 2014 at 7:24 am

      So tell us. What race are the people that loot and wear their pants down? We as liberals should be careful not to project our own thoughts on others.

      • Eva Grace November 19th, 2014 at 8:19 am

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  2. annaaurora November 19th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    It reeks of racism and bigotry. IT’s OFFENSIVE. Someone said….. that it was backed by some law enforcement folks in Tennessee, a RS poster.