A Missouri rodeo clown, who donned a Barack Obama mask and asked the crowd if they would like to see Obama run down by a bull, continues to draw controversy as the NAACP recently issued a statement asking the Government to investigate the Obama masked rodeo clown as threatening Barack Obama’s safety.
Mary Ratliff, the president of the Missouri branch of the NAACP, wrote in a statement, “The activities at the Missouri State Fair targeting and inciting violence against our President are serious and warrant a full review by both the Secret Service and the Justice Department.”
Ratliff claims that the Obama masked rodeo clown, in his actions, was not just fooling around, but was instead directly threatening Barack Obama’s life by insinuating that Obama should be harmed in a similar manner. The Missouri fans cheered the clown, further proving that Barack Obama isn't so popular these days.
While it may seem odd that the NAACP would choose this Obama masked rodeo clown incident to speak out upon, the bigger NAACP issue may be the allocation of Missouri funds. As Ratliff claims in her address, “Our Legislature has failed to support Medicare Expansion in Missouri, has consistently attempted to dismantle our Human Rights Commission, fail to adequately fund urban schools (that) are predominately African American -- yet they are subsidizing the Missouri State Fair to the tune of $400,000; we are calling for the subsidy to stop.”
It makes sense that the Missouri NAACP feels state funding should be changed, but this is certainly an odd way to go about it. The Obama mask rodeo clown, while perhaps in bad taste, hardly seems like a racist or threatening character. Putting some rodeo clown in prison won’t lead to racial equality in Missouri.