OMAHA, NE – Norfolk’s Independence Day Parade contained a large display of disrespect for President Barack Obama, some even calling it blatantly racist. Many residents of Norfolk, Nebraska and the Nebraska Democratic Party called foul. The controversy even made its way to national news. The float featured a zombie-face dummy in overalls portraying Obama standing in front of an outhouse with Obama Presidential Library on the side. See more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/06/obama-outhouse-float_n_5561568.html
The offensive float is a slap in the face to a sense of decency and The mission of the Odd Fellows Lodge: Specifically, IOOF today are dedicated to the following purposes: To improve and elevate the character of mankind by promoting the principles of friendship, love, truth, faith, hope, charity & universal justice. To help make the world a better place to live by aiding each other, the community, the less fortunate, the youth, the elderly, the environment and the community in every way possible. To promote good will and harmony amongst peoples and nations through the principle of universal fraternity, holding the belief that all men and women regardless of race, nationality, religion, social status, gender, rank and station are brothers and sisters. See more: http://www.ioof.org/IOOF/About_Us/Mission/IOOF/AboutUS/Mission.aspx?hkey=836e4547-847f-466f-a9f1-0b67deb0b125
For the record, the City of Norfolk denies any involvement with the float being in the parade. Norfolk Mayor Sue Fuchtman told KMTV-3 News the city has no involvement, even though she later admitted she granted approval for the Odd Fellows Lodge to use city streets for the parade. KMTV-3 News http://www.jrn.com/kmtv/news/City-Of-Norfolk-Denies-Parade-Involvment-265963471.html
A FaceBook page was created that is dedicated to demanding an apology from Norfolk’s Odd Fellows Lodge. The Page currently has over 260 FB likes in just 24 hours. The page will be a hotbed of activity for folks upset over the parade float.
Please like and share the page if you agree. https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkApology
Norfolk, Nebraska was in the national news before for passing a housing ordinance to ban renting to illegal immigrants. The ordinance was ultimately upheld in a court challenge. See more: http://www.newstalkradio.net/news/us-supreme-court-upholds-fremont-immigration-ordinance
To the Odd Fellows Lodge and your allies, I must ask, what’s next, a parade where the participants wear white robes and hoods? A racial lynch mob? Public Stoning of Queers along the Parade route? The Obama Float is the perfect example of what Nebraska Nasty is all about.