Johnny Howard, owner of Smokin’ Joe’s Ribhouse in Rogers, Ark, had some explaining to do after he posted a racially insensitive sign that pissed off his customers.

Howard decided to post, “Obamacare America’s punishment for slavery years.” The sign was only up for 45 minutes before it was was taken down and replaced with one that said “Why cook? Get some carry out,” after several people complained.

“I apologize for the sign. It’s offending people, as it did,” Howard told 40/29 News.“I didn’t intend for it to be racist-oriented at all.” According to Howard his sign was merely a misunderstanding and wasn’t directed towards the president, but about the Affordable Care Act.

“It’s the policy and I made the mistake of wording it in the wrong fashion. The policy. It’s not the person it’s the policy,” he said. “To me this health care plan is a job killer. I myself will have to eliminate at least one location if all the policies that were written originally go through.”

Howard said he has learned his lesson and plans to keep his political opinions to himself moving forward.


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