[quote]Norman has said he got the T-shirts from someone in Arkansas. He started selling them at his bar – known for the provocative, ultra-conservative political slogans often posted on signs out front – in April but said he has no plans to mass market them.
The sales came to light this week when a loose coalition of local groups called a protest of the T-shirts.
About a dozen protestors rallied against the shirts Tuesday afternoon, condemning them as racist and asking Norman to stop selling them.
Norman acknowledged the imagery’s Jim Crow roots but said he sees nothing wrong with depicting a prominent African-American as a monkey.
“We’re not living in the (19)40’s,” he said. “Look at him . . . the hairline, the ears – he looks just like Curious George.”[/quote]