Tyler man's tailgate sign stirs controversy nationwide - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Tyler man's tailgate sign stirs controversy nationwide

Posted: Updated:
  • CBS19.tv Web ExclusivesMore>>

  • Web Exclusive: Company cancels class to nix Southern accents, y'all, after complaints

    Web Exclusive: Company cancels class to nix Southern accents, y'all, after complaints

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:00:17 GMT
    We live in the South, so some of us may have a Southern accent, but would you consider saying "goodbye" to "howdy, y'all"?
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee was going to offer a speech class for its workers next month to do just that, until it got canceled.
    More >>
    We live in the South, so some of us may have a Southern accent, but would you consider saying "goodbye" to "howdy, y'all"?
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee was going to offer a speech class for its workers next month to do just that, until it got canceled.
    More >>
  • Web Exclusive: Ultra HD TVs

    Web Exclusive: Ultra HD TVs

    (CNN) -Some people just have to have the latest in television technology. The newest TVs on the market- ultra-high definition TVs- or UHD TVs. They have higher screen resolution than current high def screens, and are also known as "4-K" sets. "More >>
    (CNN) -Some people just have to have the latest in television technology. The newest TVs on the market- ultra-high definition TVs- or UHD TVs. They have higher screen resolution than current high def screens, and are also known as "4-K" sets. "More >>
  • Web Exclusive: A product to help keep sharks away on sale

    Web Exclusive: A product to help keep sharks away on sale

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:40 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:40:46 GMT
    If you're headed on a beach vacation, there's a product you may be interested in to help keep sharks away.  The device is called a Shark Shield.  It is now being sold in Florida.More >>
    If you're headed on a beach vacation, there's a product you may be interested in to help keep sharks away.  The device is called a Shark Shield.  It is now being sold in Florida.More >>

TYLER (KYTX) - A decorated truck tailgate belonging to a Tyler man is stirring conversation and controversy across the area.

The owner told CBS 19 all about the logo he has on the back of his truck, which claims that President Obama is a socialist and a Muslim. 

He says he put it up in 2009 and won't take it down until Obama is out of office. 

The tailgate says, "Does this socialist a** make my truck look too big?" Next to the question is a picture of President Obama in a turban. Pictures of the sign have been passed around New Mexico, Colorado, and even Vermont.

The truck's owner is East Texas oil and gas man John Graham.

"Would you call yourself extreme?" we asked him in an interview.

"In today's political correctness, yes."

Graham says his goal is to stimulate conversation.  The conservative says he's always been involved in politics.

"I've been a Precinct Chairman for the Republican party for the fourth area of Coffee City in Henderson County," Graham says.

He calls the imagery on the truck a direct reflection of what he thinks of our president.

"I picked out the socialist ideals that he has, for his wanting to redistribute and take over the normalcies of our lives such as our healthcare system," he says.

So what do people think about the sign?

"When I first put it on in 2009 when he was installed in office, I had a lot of repercussions of people making language signs to me with their finger. But lately I'm seeing the opposite. I'm getting more and more thumbs up," Graham says.

We wanted to hear for ourselves, so we took to the streets, and showed people a picture of Graham's tailgate.

Jim Churchwell said, "Oh, I wouldn't put that on my truck! That's a little rough. I know we have freedom of speech, but where do we draw the line?"

Ebony Oliver said, "I do think it's offensive. I do. I think there are other ways to get your point across."

Eva Taylor told us, "Whoever that is needs to get slapped, because that's not cool. I go to church and everything but they don't need to throw religion into how a man is handling his job." 

Erv Berry, on the other hand, didn't find the sign offensive at all.

"Do you agree with it? Do you support it?" we asked.

"100 percent!," he said. "Because we have a president that is a socialist and he's sending us down that road to oblivion."

If Berry happened to drive by Graham, he says he'd give him a thumbs up. 

Graham says as long as the sign is getting Americans to pay attention to politics, he doesn't mind if it upsets some people. 

He's been asked to take it down many times. He says when people ask him to remove it, he pleads the first -- Freedom of Speech.

The tailgate has had a lot of exposure because graham travels a lot and gets mixed reactions in different states.

Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.