Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger
Instead of celebrating the country on Fourth of July, one Nebraska float used the neighborhood parade to crudely attack the country’s president.
The controversial parade float drew a firestorm of criticism after exploded like the fireworks displays around the country through social media.
The float in the Norfolk, Neb. parade depicted a figure dressed in overalls standing next to an outhouse labeled the “Obama Presidential Library,” according to The Daily Mail. The figure, which was decorated in a greenish, zombie-like color, has its hand pressed to the sides of its head. Miniature American flags topped the pick-up truck and the flatbed trailer the float road on.
The float did not identify a sponsor.
Liz Guthrie, a resident of nearby Piece, Neb., posted the picture, which went viral on social media.
Guthrie told reporters she could hear people applauding and laughing at the display as it passed, according The Daily Mail.
Norfolk resident Glory Kathurima, a black woman who attended the parade with her nine-yeard-old daughter, was offended and took action. She complained to the mayor along with the local chamber of commerce and The Norfolk Daily News to express her concerns.
The Nebraska Democratic Party later issued a statement calling the entry among the “worst shows of racism and disrespect for the office of the presidency that Nebraska has ever seen.”
City officials quickly distanced themselves from the parade float.
“The City of Norfolk doesn’t condone that,” Norfolk City Councilman Dick Pfeil said.
He stressed that float approval was in the hands of the Odd Fellows. Representatives of the group did not respond to interview requests.
Parade committee member Rick Konopasek said the float was only meant as a political cartoon and was not intended to be offensive or racist.
He added that it was among the most popular parade floats and was awarded an honorable mention by three judges.