Like many towns across the fruited plain of this great country, the small town of Norfolk, Neb. had its annual Fourth of July parade on Friday.
One float the denizens of Norfolk (pronounced “Norfork” by many locals) saw featured a blue flatbed truck carrying a zombie-looking mannequin in overalls on the door of an outhouse labeled “OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY.”
The crowd lining the parade route generally cheered and laughed as the float went by, reports the Lincoln Journal Star.
Not everybody was happy, of course.
“This is not okay,” Glory Kathurima said she muttered as the float passed her and her nine-year-old daughter by. “That’s not okay.”
Apparently, Kathurima, who is originally from Kenya, didn’t take the opportunity to explain to her daughter that the United States has a vital constitutional amendment guaranteeing robust, largely unlimited political expression — even the kind that allows parade floats people might find offensive.
Nope. Instead, Kathurima got all mad because she felt the float was racist.
“It’s definitely a personal issue for me,” Kathurima told Omaha CBS affiliate KMTV. “This image and the words stamped across an outhouse were trying to equate the president, a black president, with what you do in an outhouse.”
She fleshed out her own opinion freely to a Journal Star reporter.
“I’m angry and I’m scared,” she complained. “This float was not just political; this was absolutely a racial statement.”