Aimee Patton

A pleasantly eccentric take on politics

obamaHoly parade floats Batman!  There is controversy up north in Nebraska.  Leave it to Norfolk, NE to cause a stir when during their 4th of July parade, they decided to make a political statement with this little gem.

Disclaimer – Back in the 70’s, I grew up twirling a baton in the Lenexa, Kansas 4th of July parade so these parades hold a soft spot in my heart.

For those of you not from small town, American, I can tell you most of these parades involve girl scout troops, people on tractors throwing out candy to the kids, dance troops and a few local politicians sprinkled in for good measure.  It’s usually 150 degrees in the shade and way over hyped for what it actually is.

Well, Norfolk, NE has everyone talking this Monday with this political statement.  They turned a White Trash Cadillac into the next GOP talking point with this outhouse labeled “Obama’s Presidential Library” and a dummy of Obama in the front.

The liberals have their panties in a wad over this one.  “It’s racist,” the liberal chorus all yelled out this morning.

We all know that it’s no secret I’m liberal.  That said, liberals you better close your eyes and not read any further because you aren’t going to like what I’m going to write.

Here I go…

It’s a lot of things.

It’s not appropriate for a 4th of July Parade.

It’s not respectful of our President.

But  it’s pretty funny.

And it’s not racist.

There I said it.  You can take away my liberal card if you want to, but I feel like someone has to say it.  I love funny and this is pretty funny.  It would be funnier if they misspelled “library”, but hey you can’t have everything.

I’ve been reading the comments as to why people think this is racist.

“It’s racist because slaves used to use outhouses.”

Stop right there.  New flash – everyone used to use outhouses.  That isn’t a slave thing, that is a before indoor plumbing thing.

I’m not taking anything away from all of the inappropriate, racist comments and jokes made against President Obama, but I just don’t think this is one of them.  It’s silly and juvenile, but it isn’t racist.  Hanging a dummy of Obama by a noose off of the bridge – now that is racist.  That is horrible and won’t be tolerated.

Finding the float funny doesn’t mean I’m not a liberal anymore, it just means I have a sense of humor.  Lighten up people.  There  are enough things that we can get all up tight about right now.  Try immigration, guns, contraception just to name a few.  Stop focusing on this parade in Nebraska.  Laugh a little.  Trust me it will keep you from crying at our current state of politics in this country.  I’m sure if we give it time there will be a real racist float or joke to get everyone upset soon enough.







2 thoughts on “Parade float in Norfolk, NE – Racist? You may not believe my reaction.

  1. chris says:

    Similar situation at a town parade in Versailles Missouri a couple of years ago, except that the racism was quite blatant. On one float, an effigy of President Obama was displayed in a manner that left no questions about the message. Welcome to the Ozarks in mid-Missouri.

    1. I think there is a clear line between racist and not. There are PLENTY of examples of racist jokes against Obama, especially in Kansas and Missouri. Ultimately, there is no place for this in parades to celebrate July 4th. Even though I found this float in NE funny, keep it out of parades. Thanks for commenting! Cheers, Aimee

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