The head of the Missouri Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said Thursday that a rodeo clown who donned a mask of President Obama at the Missouri State Fair had committed a hate crime.
“I think that a hate crime has occurred,” Mary Ratliff told KXNT Radio in Las Vegas on 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.”
The rodeo clown donned the Obama mask before being chased around by bulls in a pen, according to reports. The clown was introduced by an announcer who asked the audience if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.” The Missouri State Fair on Monday barred the clown from performing at the fair.
Ratliff said that her organization is asking the Department of Justice to conduct an investigation into the incident, adding that it is 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 has also asked the Secret Service to investigate the incident.
You have got to be freaking kidding me. Poking fun at the President of the United States is a “hate crime” worthy of DOJ/Secret Service “investigation” because he happens to be black? Is this fascist w/ the Missouri state NAACP aware of the hundreds, if not thousands, of times some variation of the form of President Bush was “disrespected” by anti-war protesters and the like during his 8 years as President and that no figure of prominence on the right ever called for the powers that be to “investigate” for “hate crimes” violations on the basis of “race”? Furthermore, even if a “joke” of this nature could be considered in poor taste, does it REALLY rise to the level of a “hate crime”??
They told me that if I voted for Mitt Romney that dissent would no longer be patriotic, and they were right! *Shaking my head. *
PS: Loved Rep. Steve King’s response to this:
Mr. President: Invite the rodeo clown 2 the White House 4 a beer summit. Take the temperature down, have a laugh, relax. It’s not about race
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) August 16, 2013