In Norfolk, Nebraska, during the Independence Day 2014 parade, one float in the parade really caught the attention of the crowd… And later, all of America noticed!
A scary, zombie-like figure, which might represent Barack Obama, stood outside a building with his hands over his ears. Both the truck and float were adorned with American flags.
One person at the parade posted the float on social media and noted how supportive those in the audience were of it. They were clapping and cheering… And the float won three awards from parade judges. In fact, the organizer Rick Konopasek declared it the most popular entry in the event!
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However, not everyone was happy:
Norfolk resident Glory Kathurima said she attended the parade with her 9-year-old daughter. As a black woman living in Norfolk, Kathurima said she found the float to be an offensive depiction of the president.
She emailed Norfolk Mayor Sue Fuchtman as well as the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce and the Norfolk Daily News to voice her disapproval. She also wrote to the Norfolk Odd Fellows Lodge, which coordinated the parade.
Kathurima said the float seemed to be calling the president stupid, and the message seemed clear: “I don’t like Obama.”
The World-Herald also received several emails from people expressing concern. One email, from a person who said she had grown up in northeast Nebraska, called it disrespectful that such a display would be allowed in a parade that celebrates America’s history. The Nebraska Democratic Party also issued a statement, calling it one of the “worst shows of racism and disrespect for the office of the presidency that Nebraska has ever seen.”
Norfolk City Councilman Dick Pfeil also voiced his displeasure with the float.
“The City of Norfolk doesn’t condone that,” Pfeil said.
The councilman noted, however, that it was up to the Odd Fellows to approve the floats. A representative of the Odd Fellows did not return a phone message from a World-Herald reporter Saturday evening.
Maybe it helped parents to explain to children how a “zombie”-like Federal debt will follow them for the rest of their lives, thanks to the shameful fiscal policies of President Obama.
Complaints from sensitive liberals are to be expected, but there is no denying that the float is awesome.