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Pat Lanzo insists hes not a racist.
"I believe people are equal, he says, As long as they earn their keep as well as me.
Nevertheless, the proprietor of The Peach bar and restaurant in Paulding County says that people often mistakenly assume hes a racist.
The main reason, he says, are the signs he posts outside his restaurant. Damn Yankees May Have Taken Our Niggers But Not Our Guns, said one. Obama Gives Us Hope Dreams and Maybe A New Holiday Thats My Nigger read another.
The minute someone says the N-word, youre labeled racist, he explains.
But his signs arent the only reason some people think Lanzo is racist.
For years Lanzo hosted a neo-Nazi music festival at The Peach. He also displays in his bar a mannequin dressed in Ku Klux Klan garb.
Is Lanzo's klannequin a gesture of support for the violence perpetrated by the Klan against black people?
I dont support violence, he says. [The KKK] is part of history. The original form of the Klan was to run Yankees out of the South.
Lanzo says he welcomes all people at The Peach.
I have blacks that come into my restaurant that treat me as equal, he say proudly, adding, Ive had to throw more white niggers out of my restaurant than black ones.
He does not, he says, have any hate in his heart
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