Following complaints by the NAACP, the Department of Justice is investigating a parade float, labeled “racist” by the Nebraska Democratic Party, which featured President Obama depicted as a zombie.
The float, which featured in last week’s July 4th annual Independence Day parade in Norfolk, Nebraska, depicted a zombie stood outside a hut adorned with the words “Obama Presidential Library.”
The Nebraska Democratic Party responded by describing the float as among the “worst shows of racism and disrespect for the office of the presidency that Nebraska has ever seen.”
What makes the controversy even more ludicrous is that the creator of the float, a local farmer, said the zombie wasn’t even supposed to represent Obama, but instead was a depiction of a victim of the recent VA health care scandal.
After the NAACP complained about the float to the Department of Justice, the DOJ demanded a meeting with Mayor Fuchtman and city administrators before the two parties met with NAACP representatives and parade organizers, who “plan to reevaluate the policies for what is allowed in the parade,” according to KTVI.
“The DOJ apparently told the city it had received concerns, including from the NAACP, regarding the float,” reports KMTV.
Since the float has nothing whatsoever to do with criminal behavior or a criminal investigation, we can only assume that the Justice Department’s involvement is related to its function, “to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic.”
Are we now to assume that depicting Obama as a zombie or any other fictional character, or indeed merely having people think that he is being depicted as a fictional character, represents some kind of major domestic threat that requires federal government intervention?
In addition, making fun of Obama in a manner which has no connection to race whatsoever is now apparently considered racist anyway, just as previous depictions of Obama as the Joker out of Batman were also labeled racist, despite George W. Bush having been depicted as the very same character.
The notion that a parade float which represents creative criticism of the way the Obama administration has handled the VA scandal could represent some kind of a threat which requires the attention and resources of the federal government sounds like something straight out of North Korea.
— 3ChicsPolitico (@3ChicsPolitico) July 6, 2014