New Jersey Deli Owner Broadens the ‘T’ in ‘White History Month’

A constitutional right, or stepping over the Main Street U.S.A. line?

Jim Boggess, the proprietor Jimbo’s Deli in Flemington, N.J., has stirred up a fascinating freedom-of-speech debate.

After he posted a sign suggesting that March should be celebrated as “White History Month,” a neighbor complained to him and then the police. The cops have investigated and decided the sign is not a hate crime. From Rick Epstein’s article in the Hunterdon County Democrat:

A neighbor and former customer, Bhakti Curtis, who is bi-racial, said the sign is “mocking Black History Month,” especially the way the T was crossed in “WHITE.” The cross piece was not right at the top, it was lower down, in a style used by the Ku Klux Klan and other white-power groups, Curtis said. That cross piece of the T has since been broadened to make it a more traditional, if top-heavy, capital T.

… Another critic of the sign is John Puckett, owner of the Main Street Bagel Co. a couple doors away. He said the sign is “an embarrassment” to Flemington “and makes us look like a town full of inbreds.”

Click over to the item to see a photo of Boggess standing next to the handwritten sign. Then, if you have time, read some of the comments left below Epstein’s report.

Update (5:00 p.m.):
In a heartwarming turn of events, Boggess decided today to take down the contentious sign and apologize to offended neighbor Curtis. From Epstein’s follow-up report:

Curtis in turn, accepted the apology and suggested that he and Boggess pose for a photo showing the restoration of harmony at least in this little corner of the world.

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