- The Washington Times - Monday, July 8, 2013

A town in North Carolina, Hope Mills, is drawing heat for one of its Fourth of July parade floats that touted this placard: “White History Month.”

Following that sign was another, “HUG WTE PPL,” taken to mean “hug white people,” WNCN-TV reported.

A couple of other parade entries came under fire, too, for sending perceived racist messages, albeit more subtly. Two tractors in the parade were displaying large Confederate battle flags; another pulled a trailer filled with watermelons; others bore signs with the words “I didn’t vote for Obama” and “God loves rednecks,” the television station reported.

Parks and recreation officials in charge of the parade have received complaints, The Blaze reported. And so has the town’s mayor. But the tractors pulling the watermelons and bearing the Confederate flags have been in past parades, WNCN-TV reported.

Parade watcher Alicia Jones said it was the “White History Month” sign, however, that was most offensive.

“It really caught me off guard. … I think there needs to be an apology,” she said, adding that the entrant who was responsible for that sign ought to be barred from future parade participation, The Blaze reported.

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