In today’s “That’s Racist!” and “People Really Hate Obama” news, a July 4th parade float caused uproar in Norfolk, Nebraska. The float depicted President Obama’s presidential library as an outhouse, sending residents and the state’s Democratic Party into rage.
The float featured a dummy wearing overralls and nailed to the back of the float was a sign that read “Obama Presidential Library”.
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“I’m angry and I’m scared,” Glory Kathurima, a Norfolk resident who is originally from Kenya, told the Journal Star. “This float was not just political; this was absolutely a racial statement.”
The state’s Democratic officials also expressed displeasure:
State party officials offered similar criticism.
“We have seen many times when Nebraskans disapproved of the President, but this clearly crosses the line.” Nebraska Democratic Party executive director Dan Marvin said in a Saturday statement. “There is a level of respect for the office of the Presidency which should not be crossed. It’s beyond disappointing the City of Norfolk, it’s officials, and citizens would allow such a thing.”
But the organizers behind the parade saw nothing wrong with the float.
Rick Konopasek, a member of the Norfolk parade committee, said. “So should we deny the 95 percent of those that liked it their rights, just for the 5 percent of people who are upset?”