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Head of Missouri NAACP Calls Obama Clown Mask A Hate Crime
CBS ^ | 8/15/2013

Posted on 08/16/2013 6:44:34 AM PDT by Altura Ct.

The President of the Missouri Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) says a rodeo clown act depicting President Barack Obama at the Missouri State Fair Saturday night was a hate crime.

“I think that a hate crime occurred,” Ratliff told KXNT Radio in Las Vegas Thursday. ”I think a hate crime occurs when you use a person’s race to depict who they are and to make degrading comments, gestures, et cetera, against them.”

Ratliff says it’s an outrage that taxpayer dollars were used to disrespect the president.

“We are taxpayers in the state of Missouri,” Ratliff said, “and when taxpayer money is utilized to discredit and be disrespectful to our president, whether he be black, white, Hispanic, Latina… it is an outrage.”

Ratliff says that is why her organization is asking the Department of Justice to conduct an investigation. She has also asked the Secret Service to investigate the incident in Sedalia.

“With all of the hateful and mean things that are happening and happened in Missouri here at the rodeo, we believe that the Justice Department should look into the discriminatory practices against our sitting African-American president,” Ratliff added. “In this country, discrimination is still illegal.”

The Missouri State Fair on Monday barred the rodeo clown, Tuffy Gessling, from performing at the fair. Mark Ficken, the announcer at the event, resigned this week from his position atop the Missouri Cowboy Rodeo Association, a position he held for only two days.

The incident Saturday night drew national attention and almost unanimous bipartisan condemnation from Missouri’s politicians and congressional delegation. While few have gone as far as Ratliff in denouncing the show, many in the state’s African-American community have viewed it through a racial lens.

U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, said he was “amazed that in 2013 such hatred, intolerance and disrespect towards the President of the United States could take place at the Missouri State Fair.”

“Our fair is supposed to showcase the best of Missouri, instead, it showed an ugly face of intolerance and ignorance to the world,” he added.

Missouri Rep. Steve Webb, D-Florissant, said he was “incensed” and referred to the incident’s racial undertones in a statement Monday.

“Sometimes apologies just won’t do. While I do not believe this represents all of rural Missouri, the racial undertones of a taunted rodeo clown dressed as our nation’s first black president is what the nation woke up to this morning,” Webb said.

State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, called the event “racist and degrading.” Rep. Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City, added, “I am angered and disgusted by the blatant racism that was displayed at the Missouri State Fair.”

Meanwhile, a “Support Tuffy Gessling” Facebook page created Monday had over 65,000 “likes” by Wednesday night.


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1 posted on 08/16/2013 6:44:34 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

This is starting to get ridiculous


2 posted on 08/16/2013 6:45:12 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Altura Ct.
Bammy needs to EARN some respect.

Once you are POTUS, affirmative excuses for bad behavior/knowledge based on skin color are over.

3 posted on 08/16/2013 6:46:32 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: GeronL
This is starting to get ridiculous

It's beyond ridiculous. You'd think the guy had drawn a picture of Mohammed with a bomb in his turban or something.

4 posted on 08/16/2013 6:46:47 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Altura Ct.

The existence of the NAACP itself is a hate crime. The organization exists solely to promote racism and bigotry.


5 posted on 08/16/2013 6:47:02 AM PDT by kevkrom (It's not "immigration reform", it's an "amnesty bill". Take back the language!)
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To: Smokin' Joe

What a crock !


6 posted on 08/16/2013 6:47:43 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Altura Ct.

My first response was when were BO masks going to be banned.

Seems sooner rather than later


7 posted on 08/16/2013 6:48:05 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: kevkrom

Ditto.


8 posted on 08/16/2013 6:48:07 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Altura Ct.

Proving that free expression (other than PC-approved speech) is now a crime.


9 posted on 08/16/2013 6:48:21 AM PDT by Pecos (Kritarchy: government by the judges)
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To: Altura Ct.

so are all of the pictures of Bush as Hitler hate crimes?

was hanging Sarah Palin in effigy a hate crime?

or do these other events not count, because the targets are not officially recognized grievance groups???


10 posted on 08/16/2013 6:48:24 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Altura Ct.

NAACP members think that it’s a hate crime if a white person doesn’t say “Good Morning” to them with enough gusto.


11 posted on 08/16/2013 6:48:35 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: kevkrom
The existence of the NAACP itself is a hate crime. The organization exists solely to promote racism and bigotry.

Speaking of clowns...

12 posted on 08/16/2013 6:48:40 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

A substantial number of kids who came to my door this past Halloween were wearing Obama masks. Perhaps the Administration should go after the mask’s manufacturer for civil rights violations?


13 posted on 08/16/2013 6:49:40 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: GeronL

The NAACP have always been thus.


14 posted on 08/16/2013 6:50:01 AM PDT by relictele (A community vigilant in enforcing economic, racial and social equality. It was called Jonestown.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Bwahahahahahahahahaha, this should be part of “THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD”,,,,,,oh,,,wait, what? they’re serious???


15 posted on 08/16/2013 6:50:28 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: Altura Ct.

Here’s an idea Ratliff...

F**k you. Seriously. Go eat a bag of broken glass and wash it down with a nice tall glass of ice cold Tabasco sauce. You are worse than worthless.

Crawl up your own arse and just die already.


16 posted on 08/16/2013 6:51:05 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Altura Ct.
So shallow. So very insecure.

I wonder why that is...

17 posted on 08/16/2013 6:51:16 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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18 posted on 08/16/2013 6:51:43 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Altura Ct.

The one thing that the Civil Rights movement didn’t see coming was that the people whose rights were once violated would, upon reaching equality, actively seek out to violate other people’s rights.

This act by the NAACP is a lynching. This Clown broke no law; he only violated the subjective set of rules that the NAACP has made up in their own minds.

That’s what a mob does in a lynching.


19 posted on 08/16/2013 6:51:44 AM PDT by Noamie
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To: Altura Ct.

Clay, Webb, Nasheed, and the NAACP ...

STOP ACTING LIKE IDIOTS AND TREATING THE PUBLIC WHICH DISAPPROVES OF 0BAMA POLICIES AS RACISTS! AMERICA HAS EVERY RIGHT ...EVERY RIGHT ...TO STAND-UP AGAINST A PRESIDENT THEY DISAGREE WITH IN BOTH SPEECH AND THE WRITTEN WORD.


20 posted on 08/16/2013 6:51:45 AM PDT by EBH (The 'silent majority' is just as responsible for where this country is today as the screaming mob)
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To: Altura Ct.
The existence of the NAACP is a hate crime.
21 posted on 08/16/2013 6:51:53 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

What’s the difference between the Rolling Stones and the NAACP?

People actually pay money and want to hear the Rolling Stones play a 50 year old song.


22 posted on 08/16/2013 6:56:40 AM PDT by relictele (A community vigilant in enforcing economic, racial and social equality. It was called Jonestown.)
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To: Altura Ct.

The Dems don’t like it when their guy is the butt of a joke. Why so serious?


23 posted on 08/16/2013 6:57:33 AM PDT by TheDon (Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Screw that sick bunch of black fools the NAACP.


24 posted on 08/16/2013 6:58:41 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Altura Ct.
The President of the Missouri Chapter of the NAACP is apparently a guy who hasn't read much history of US politics or political discourse and has NO understanding of how ‘freedom of speech’ works in a republic.

Someone ought to ‘take him to school’ before he makes himself any more ridiculous

25 posted on 08/16/2013 6:58:46 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms." H. Amiel)
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To: Altura Ct.
U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, said he was “amazed that in 2013 such hatred, intolerance and disrespect towards the President of the United States could take place at the Missouri State Fair.

And where was this nitwit when far worse hatred, intolerance and disrespect was directed at George W. Bush? Oh, that's right. Bush was a Republican, and those showing the visceral disrespect were fellow liberals. Free speech for me but hate speech by thee. It's the liberal mantra.

26 posted on 08/16/2013 7:00:43 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: SMARTY

These people need to be sued.

The only crime being committed here is the violation and intimidation of the First Amendment Rights of a US Citizen.

WE need to stand-up against this crap once and for all. Slandering someone with accusations of this stuff should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


27 posted on 08/16/2013 7:01:50 AM PDT by EBH (The 'silent majority' is just as responsible for where this country is today as the screaming mob)
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To: Altura Ct.

What about all of BOzos hateful racist comments made over the years. Mmmmm...let me see, “ My grandmother was a typical white woman comes to mind.”


28 posted on 08/16/2013 7:02:05 AM PDT by jetson
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To: GeronL

Starting to get ridiculous? It’s been ridiculous since the very beginning. Particularly when you consider the things that were said about Bush and how fond the left was of doing things like depicting him hanging from a noose, or dressed up as a chimp, etc.

I’m not sure exactly what their endgame is, though. Do they plan to get some sort of laws passed prohibiting ridicule of The Won, or perhaps even prohibiting public criticism?


29 posted on 08/16/2013 7:02:23 AM PDT by livius
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To: Altura Ct.
”I think a hate crime occurs when you use a person’s race to depict who they are and to make degrading comments, gestures, et cetera, against them.”

From now on, all people should be portrayed in all media as smurfs.

30 posted on 08/16/2013 7:02:49 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: kevkrom

“The existence of the NAACP itself is a hate crime. The organization exists solely to promote racism and bigotry.”

Isnt the term “colored people” considered a slur?


31 posted on 08/16/2013 7:03:25 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Get a life you screw balls..


32 posted on 08/16/2013 7:04:29 AM PDT by PLD
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To: livius

King Won the First


33 posted on 08/16/2013 7:04:34 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: jetson
Right. Where was this outrage when for 8 years America sullied itself in the ongoing campaign to defame and slander President Bush? That was a national shame. SO..... here's my answer to THAT...
34 posted on 08/16/2013 7:04:37 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms." H. Amiel)
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To: Altura Ct.

Would masks that depict Obama as a white person be banned? He is, after all, half white.


35 posted on 08/16/2013 7:04:45 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: relictele

Ha! I’ll be using that joke in the future.


36 posted on 08/16/2013 7:05:10 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: Altura Ct.

I call the attack on the white kid in Florida by those three teenage thugs a hate-crime but for some reason,The Police Chief there said it wasn’t.

The Race of the attackers was purely coincidental.Now if that isn’t a load of crap.I guess what the blacks have been saying is true.Only whites can be racist’s.Then the race is never a coincidence.


37 posted on 08/16/2013 7:05:17 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Just come out and admit it NAACP, y’all hate everything about white people. It insults our intelligence to pretend that you don’t.


38 posted on 08/16/2013 7:06:01 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: Altura Ct.
Ratliff says it’s an outrage that taxpayer dollars were used to disrespect the president.

Every single hour of every single day, the Obama mal-administration uses taxpayer dollars to 'disrespect' the American people, and this guy was not, and is not, "outraged" about it, so I don't want to hear from him now.

39 posted on 08/16/2013 7:06:10 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: SMARTY

So very true. Politics has ALWAYS been blood sport and in large measure today’s discourse is tame compared to a century and a half ago.


40 posted on 08/16/2013 7:07:12 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: Altura Ct.

“We” need to get back to praising the Lord again. Because if not, “we” will feel the need to praise ridiculous idols — and to be praised as ridiculous idols. Oh man, you can see into what spiritually dark situation this crowd is getting and it is to both laugh and cry.


41 posted on 08/16/2013 7:07:37 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: GeronL

That was my first inclination too. If you think about it though, they passed the level of simple ridiculous years ago.

Those folks are caught up in a psychotic death spiral. It’s collectivist mind-melding destruction of their ability to think in terms that are rational.

It’s almost as if they did acid together, and destroyed one third of their brains in the process.


42 posted on 08/16/2013 7:08:19 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today, from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: Dead Corpse
Please, don't hold back.

Why don't you tell us what you really think!

;-)

43 posted on 08/16/2013 7:08:24 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: WayneS

Weird, I thought I was being subtle and restrained.

:-)


44 posted on 08/16/2013 7:08:56 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Altura Ct.

If that was a crime, what do they call the actions foisted on the rest of us by the Obama Administration? Calling the clown’s actions criminal does a serious injustice to, and belittles the real crimes perpetuated on blacks by real racists such as the KKK and others of similar ilk. Doesn’t anybody have a sense of humor any more? Sheesh!


45 posted on 08/16/2013 7:09:11 AM PDT by Real Cynic No More (Border Fence Obamacare!)
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To: Fresh Wind
Would masks that depict Obama as a white person be banned? He is, after all, half white.


46 posted on 08/16/2013 7:09:16 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Altura Ct.
How can we convince these frighteningly ignorant people that this kind of massive hatred is what ultimately results in ditches filled with machine gunned bodies?

A bullet is the most egalitarian object in the universe. And it's not that big a step. Ask anyone in Cairo.

What's the spread on blood in the streets before the World Series?

47 posted on 08/16/2013 7:09:32 AM PDT by jonascord (Hurrah for the Bonny Blue Flag that bears a Single Star!)
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To: Altura Ct.

The NAACP is a hate crime!


48 posted on 08/16/2013 7:09:35 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: DoughtyOne

I think you are on to something there. A virulent group psychosis that kills entire cultures.


49 posted on 08/16/2013 7:09:43 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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50 posted on 08/16/2013 7:09:56 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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