Independence Day Parade Float Stirs Major Controversy
By Rebekah Rae. CREATED Jul 5, 2014
Norfolk, NE - It's a controversial parade float that passed hundreds of people in Norfolk on the fourth of July, including children.
A pickup with a flatbed attached, carried an outhouse with a dummy. On the side of the float, writing that said "Obama's presidential library."
Glory Kathurima said she instantly knew what that meant. Her tone of happiness quickly changed to disgust and fear for her nine year old daughter. Many are calling it racist, including Kathurima, "I'm ashamed, I'm appalled."
The Norfolk mother is outraged, she calls the image, cruel, disrespectful and uncalled for. "You see people laughing, pointing at it, smiling, looking positive about it. I immediately felt sick to my stomach," said Kathurima who is from Kenya. "I knew what that meant and I knew there was no sort of political statement being made by an image like that."
The Nebraska democratic party said they're extremely disappointed in the town of Norfolk. They call it an act of blatant disrespect to the president in a fourth of July parade.
Dan Marvin, Executive director of the NDP said, "We have seen many times when Nebraskans disapprove of the president, but this clearly crosses the line." The party said it is one of the worst shows of racism for the office of the presidency that Nebraska has ever seen. "It's beyond disappointing the city of Norfolk, it's officials and citizens would allow such a thing."
The annual parade is hosted by the Norfolk Odd Fellows lodge.
The parade committee and the city of Norfolk responded to questions, click here for that story..