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WP: Rodeo Clown Illustrates Nation’s Racial Divide

From the Washington Post:

Obama rodeo clown incident illustrates nation’s continued racial divide

By Philip Rucker | August 15, 2013

SEDALIA, Mo. — As some people at the Missouri State Fair see it, the rodeo incident last weekend in which a ringleader taunted a clown wearing a mask of President Obama and played with his lips [sic] as a bull charged after him was neither racist nor disrespectful.

It was a joke, they said, overblown by a news media that’s hypersensitive to any possible slight against the nation’s first black president. They said the hooting and hollering from the crowd that night was because of a fundamental dislike of the president.

Thankfully, the Washington Post is able to cut through this tissue of lies.

“I’ve got no respect for him,” said Virgil Henke, 65, a livestock farmer who explained his distaste for Obama with several falsehoods about his background: “Why, he’s destroyed this country. How much freedom have we lost? I don’t care whether it’s a black man in office, but we have to have a true-blooded American. I think he is Muslim and trying to destroy the country, catering to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.”

You see? Those hicks in Missouri are clearly racists. They think Obama is a Muslim.

The rodeo incident and the clown at the center of it have become the latest illustration of racial divisions that continue to surface nearly five years into Obama’s presidency…

What exactly was racist about it? (Hint: nothing.)

There is a long history of mocking politicians at rodeos, and clowns have donned masks of other presidents as part of their acts. But James Staab, a political science professor at the University of Central Missouri, said last week’s incident “goes beyond the pale — they’re talking about physical injury and racial stereotypes.” …

Except that previous rodeo clowns, such as one wearing a GWH Bush mask, have gotten exactly the same treatment. (By the way, isn’t "beyond the pale" a racist expression?)

The Wednesday crowd at the fair, which lasts 11 days in remote Sedalia, was overwhelmingly white. Some vendors played right-wing talk radio from boom boxes at their tents. One vendor sold “rebel pride” hats emblazoned with Confederate flags for $8 each…

"Overwhelmingly white" and "talk radio"! It was a Klan meeting.

Another, who would only be identified as “Dennis the Sticker Dude” because he was afraid of government retaliation, hawked car decal stickers featuring a cartoon boy urinating on Obama.

Wow. Luckily white Republican Presidents have never been subjected to anything like that.

At the rodeo here last Saturday night, a clown wearing an Obama mask stood on the arena’s dirt floor, propped up like a straw man with the appearance that a broom stick was going up his backside.

A second clown called him “ya big goober.” Before letting the bull loose to charge at the clown with the Obama mask, the second clown provided live narration over the loudspeakers: “Obama, they’re coming for you this time.” “He’s going to getcha, getcha, getcha.” “Yahoo! We’re gonna smoke Obama.”

Where is the racism, again?

In the stands, Perry Beam was so sickened by the scene he began recording it.

And promoting it as a racial attack on the internet and everywhere he can find a dupe to believe him.

“It reminded me of a [Ku Klux] Klan rally,” Beam said. “It had that hateful aspect. It was the way they cheered, the anger in it. . . . You can disagree with a government policy, but that doesn’t prompt you to put a stick up his [backside] and incite the crowd to say how many of you want to see him be trampled by a bull. To wish that on somebody is hateful.” …

To Beam, the racist element of the rodeo act was obvious. “If you’re a white man in a black mask in a former slaveholding state with a broom lodged in your rectum and you’re playing with your lips, you will be confused with a racist,” Beam said. “Had I been black, I would’ve been scared for my life.”

Again, Mr. Beam’s runaway racism is only matched by his abject ignorance. The broom stick is there because the tradition is that the figure is a ‘dummy.’ The joke is that once the bull begins to attack, the dummy suddenly ‘comes to life and runs.’

As we have previously noted:

The clown was meant to be imitating a dummy, another witness, Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association member David Berry, told the Associated Press. Bull ring clowns often dress as sitting presidents, Mr. Berry said.

“The joke is not that it was the president. They drag out this person dressed like a dummy and all of a sudden this dummy just takes off running. That’s what’s funny,” Berry told AP.

But racists, like Mr. Beam, can find racism anywhere. So naturally he wanted to turn this innocent tradition into the equivalent of a lynching. And our media guardians are only too eager to help him.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, August 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “WP: Rodeo Clown Illustrates Nation’s Racial Divide”

  1. Then I say we do what Abraham Lincoln proposed .. buy a small country in Africa and ship them all back.

    Done and done.

    1853 Order by Lincoln’s hand
    1820 Colonization Society – Liberia

  2. “….a livestock farmer who explained his distaste for Obama with several falsehoods about his background: “Why, he’s destroyed this country. How much freedom have we lost? I don’t care whether it’s a black man in office, but we have to have a true-blooded American. I think he is Muslim and trying to destroy the country, catering to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.””

    What falsehoods?

    Still GBJ and Rush made the point that these liberals are reacting like their like-minded nutters of the muslim faith when they see a depiction of Mohammed they dislike. It makes sense because to these liberal/progressives, Obama is their prophet or even their god.


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