The presidential campaign took a nasty turn in Maryland when a local hotel erected a large McCain-Palin sign on their premises in a largely black area last week.

Last Sunday evening the Colony South Hotel and Conference Center located in Clinton, MD had the audacity of placing  a sign supporting the GOP presidential ticket in an area that is overwhelingly throwing it’s support to Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

The backlash from the community was strong as incensed residents flooded the local NAACP office with phone calls expressing their anger and community activists began calling for a boycott of the hotel.

One community activist (or maybe a community organizer like Obama) told the Washington Post that people he spoke to saw the sign as a  “slap in the face” and was “blatant disrespect”.

Or as political professor Ron Walters of the University of Maryland  told the Post, the sign which was in “an area that  is strongly African American was like putting a stink bomb in the middle of the living room”.

So when a small business exercises its right to free speech, just because the speech doesn’t fit the community’s ideal of what that should be they should be punished with boycotts and name calliing?  On the other hand employees and businesses that openly flout their support of Barack Obama are praised for taking a stand.

The hotel has hosted events for many local Democrats over the years and apparently the residents just assumed that the owners were on their side idealogically which turned out to be a false assumption.  The general manager told the Post that the “last thing we want to do is to lose business”.  And to make sure that they don’t the sign was removed on Wednesday.

Instead of criticizing the hotel and calling for a boycott, the activists and the local NAACP should be educating the public that individuals and businesses have a right to support the candidate of their choice even if it goes against what is considered the community norm.  The same people who preach about ending discrimination and racism have practiced this very same thing against the hotel.

The  hotel should stand  its ground and not give in any further to the Obama bullies and their ilk.