CNN - A sign advertising “Slaves for Sale” in a Missouri neighborhood caused an outrage. The man who made the sign said he was just trying to make a point.
People who live in the neighborhood near liberty plaza woke up to a sign advertising “slaves for sale” hanging over a confederate flag on Richard Geisenheyner’s home.
"If people actually believe that a confederate flag stands for slavery, well, I might as well be just as stupid as they are,” said Geisenheyner.
Geisenheyner said the sign is a reaction to being treated like a racist because he flies a confederate flag in front of his home. He said he’s not a racist.
"If I would be selling slaves, I'd have to sell one of my grandchildren,” said Geisenheyner. "It 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."
One resident said, "His rebel flag has no... It don't have a damn thing to do with me. Wave it all you want. This idiot with his "slaves for sale," are you freaking kidding me?"
Some of Geisenheyner’s neighbors are highly offended by his sign.
"I am going to tell you why it's offensive to me. I remember the signs on the wall that says, 'White only.' I'm that old. I remember the signs on the wall that says, 'Negros only entrance here.'"
Geisenheyner plans to remove the sign.
A resident said, "If people called him a racist because he was flying the rebel flag, and he wanted to make a statement and put up 'slaves for sale,' well I didn't offend you. I haven't called you a racist. So, you have got to think about the other people in the community. I'm not disappointed with the neighborhood. I'm disappointed in him -- in him. But he took it down, so that's a good thing."
Geisenheyner’s neighbors said they hope the next time he wants to make a point he goes about it in a different way.