The “Racist” Float – Now the Department of Justice is Getting Involved?

Boy, this is an administration that really doesn’t like to be criticized. Say what you will about George W. Bush, but it’s hard to remember him sending the DOJ to “investigate” instances of light mockery in the hopes of shutting it down at the national level. Criticizing and mocking the President of the United States is a well-worn, time-tested tradition in this country, and you can find instances of hateful protest going back to the days of George Washington. Apparently, though, because Barack Obama is black and we can invoke the specter of racism when it comes to his critics, it’s a whole other ballgame.

The latest controversy, of course, surrounds a 4th of July parade float that made headlines in Norfolk, Nebraska. In a quasi-clever display, float-creator Dale Remmich created an outhouse with the label “Obama Presidential Library” plastered on the front. A zombie-esque character resembling the president stood outside the float. This harmless display of political activism was enough for the Nebraska Democratic Party to decry it as one of the “worst shows of racism and disrespect for the office of the presidency that Nebraska has ever seen.”

It may be the kind of politically-motivated hyperbole you would expect from the party chairmen, but apparently this is an issue that must be investigated on the federal level. The U.S. Department of Justice, therefore, has sent a member of its Community Relations Service team to “investigate” the float, though it’s uncertain what such an investigation means except on a public relations level.

When will black Americans wake up and realize that their loyalty to the Democrat Party is costing them every opportunity they need to move forward into the 21st Century? Obama is a special case, of course, and you can barely blame a black voter for heading to the polls in 2008 to cast a vote for history. You would think, however, that four years of broken promises and exactly zero help, they might have decided to stay home in 2012. But of course the Republican Party is full of backwards racists who would never so anything to give the black man a helping hand up.

Racism is a real thing, and it is always unfortunate when it raises its ugly head. What may be just as unfortunate, though, is this new attempt to make every critique of a black person into an accusation of bigotry. One of the most disturbing examples of this came in 1993 when Eden Jacobowitz introduced “water buffalo” into our national racist lexicon, shouting the insult at a bunch of noisy sorority sisters at Penn State. Though this wasn’t a recognized racial slur at the time (or since), it was enough for Penn to prosecute Jacobowitz with hate speech. Thankfully, national attention at the time was enough to resolve the case and send campus police back to their troll holes with their tails between their legs.

Hopefully, similar attention will bring this DOJ investigation to an end before it can gain any real traction.

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