NAACP Calls for Rodeo Clown Investigation

| August 14, 2013
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Photography courtesy of Perry Beam, a Missouri resident.

The President of the Missouri NAACP is asking the Secret Service and the United States Justice Department to look into Saturday’s rodeo clown skit at the Missouri State Fair. A clown wearing an Obama mask unexpectedly appeared that evening, while an unidentified voice asked if the crowd would like to see their president run down by a bull.

NAACP State President Mary Ratliff believes the violence incited against Barack Obama warrants a full review. “Incidents involving individuals acting out with extreme violent behavior in movie theaters, schools, churches, poltical appearances, and outdoor events in general speaks volume to the irresponsible behavior of all the parties involved with the incendiary events at the Missouri State Fair,” said Ratliff.

She also called for the Missouri General Assembly to pull the $400,000 subsidy the State Fair receives, saying other areas are underfunded, including urban schools attended by mostly African American youth.

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