Skip to comments.Head of Missouri NAACP Calls Obama Clown Mask A Hate Crime
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 persons race to depict who they are and to make degrading comments, gestures, et cetera, against them.
Ratliff says its 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 Missouris politicians and congressional delegation. While few have gone as far as Ratliff in denouncing the show, many in the states 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 incidents racial undertones in a statement Monday.
Sometimes apologies just wont do. While I do not believe this represents all of rural Missouri, the racial undertones of a taunted rodeo clown dressed as our nations 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.
This is starting to get ridiculous
Once you are POTUS, affirmative excuses for bad behavior/knowledge based on skin color are over.
It's beyond ridiculous. You'd think the guy had drawn a picture of Mohammed with a bomb in his turban or something.
The existence of the NAACP itself is a hate crime. The organization exists solely to promote racism and bigotry.
What a crock !
My first response was when were BO masks going to be banned.
Seems sooner rather than later
Proving that free expression (other than PC-approved speech) is now a crime.
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???
NAACP members think that it’s a hate crime if a white person doesn’t say “Good Morning” to them with enough gusto.
Speaking of clowns...
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?
The NAACP have always been thus.
Bwahahahahahahahahaha, this should be part of “THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD”,,,,,,oh,,,wait, what? they’re serious???
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.
I wonder why that is...
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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.
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.