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Rodeo clown who mocked Obama committed ‘hate crime,’ NAACP says

- The Washington Times - Friday, August 16, 2013

The rodeo clown at the Missouri state fair who donned a mask of President Obama and mocked about a bull running him over is guilty of a hate crime, the head of the state's NAACP chapter said in a radio show late Thursday.

"I think that a hate crime has occurred," Mary Ratfliff said, on KXNT Radio, broadcast out of Las Vegas. "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 about them."

She went on, The Blaze reported: "We are taxpayers in the state of Missouri 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."

This is the same NAACP president who said that the Department of Justice and the Secret Service ought to open a case file on the incident and launch a federal investigation.

The rodeo clown has already been banned for life from performing at the Missouri State Fair. Meanwhile, future performers will have to take sensitivity training as a condition of their fair hires.


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