NEBRASKA MIDWESTERNERS proved that July 4th isn’t just about celebrating America’s independence, it is also a time to embrace outright racism in an Independence Day parade that should be about anything but what happened in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Rick Konopasek, a member of the Norfolk parade committee, defended the float, comparing it to a political cartoon and noting that multiple parade judges awarded it an “honorable mention.”
“It’s obvious the majority of the community liked it,” he said. “So should we deny the 95 percent of those that liked it their rights, just for the 5 percent of people who are upset?”
This same type of mentality is alive and well and living in other midwestern states, too. Islands of intolerance where right-wing radio is entrenched.
The Associated Press is now reporting that parade organizers are going to meet this week to discuss whether just maybe the parade rules on floats should be overhauled so that outright racist sentiments aren’t allowed.
Claiming that the float was “satire” didn’t pass muster with Democrats in Nebraska, nor mothers trying to explain to their children the message behind the racism.
Norfolk City Councilman Dick Pfeil told the Omaha World-Herald that he was unhappy with the float, and he wanted to make clear the city had not approved it.
“The city of Norfolk doesn’t condone that,” Pfeil said.
Kathurima said she is having a hard time explaining the float to her daughter.
“My daughter keeps asking me, ‘Why?’ and I don’t have an answer for her,” she said. “We made this place our home, but right now it doesn’t feel like it. It’s shameful.”