“Obama Rodeo Clown Incident Illustrates Nation’s Continued Racial Divide”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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That’s not an Onion headline. That’s a Washington Amazon Post headline. It doesn’t even appear to be an op-ed. The liberal media cannot be parodied, because like the USSR’s Pravda, it overshoots all parody with unintentional self-parody.

A WaPo ex-ombudsman wrote that the only problem with the Bezos Washington Post is Jennifer Rubin. Sure, get rid of Rubin to make more room for quality journalism like this piece by WaPo clown Philip Rucker about the nation’s racial rodeo clown divide.

As some people at the Missouri State Fair see it, the rodeo incident last weekend in which a ringleader taunted a clown wearing a mask of President Obama and played with his lips as a bull charged after him was neither racist nor disrespectful.

The Washington Post however sees it as racial. Their only basis for that claim is the clown supposedly playing with the lips of his mask. Of course playing with your lips is also a classic comedy gag.

But at this point racism is a tautology. The answer is always racism. And the proof can always be found somehow, somewhere.

A three-minute amateur video of the rodeo act was picked up by news outlets worldwide. Democratic and Republican elected officials in Missouri quickly condemned the incident, saying it was offensive and inappropriate at a taxpayer-funded event with children in attendance. Asked about it Wednesday, a White House spokesman said that it was not one of Missouri’s “finer moments.”

A liberalism that plans sex ed for elementary schoolers thinks a clown in an Obama mask is somehow inappropriate for children. Maybe if he gay-married the bull, they could have gotten behind it.

Remember when a Bush spokesman said something negative about Bill Maher’s praise for terrorists and the media melted down in shrill hysterics about freedom of speech?

Nope. Gone now.

There is a long history of mocking politicians at rodeos, and clowns have donned masks of other presidents as part of their acts. But James Staab, a political science professor at the University of Central Missouri, said last week’s incident “goes beyond the pale — they’re talking about physical injury and racial stereotypes.”

Ah. Beyond the pale.

Except that  “physical injury”  was on there before. So James Staab is a shameless liar. But then he’s a liberal PoliScy professor, so I repeat myself.

T.J. Hawkins rolled out the big inner tube, and the bull lowered his head, shot forward and launched into the tube, sending it bounding down the center of the arena. The crowd cheered. Then the bull saw the George Bush dummy. He tore into it, sending the rubber mask flying halfway across the sand as he turned toward the fence, sending cowboys scrambling up the fence rails, hooking one with his horn and tossing him off the fence.

Yael T Abouhalkah, the Kansas City Star’s clown who helped kickstart the rodeo clown Jihad, repeated the same lie in his column that there was no violent implication.

There was more of a violent implication in 1994. If a dummy in Obama mask had been set on by a bull, every liberal from here to Kansas City would be screaming in an uninterrupted hysterical fit about racism.

“The Wednesday crowd at the fair, which lasts 11 days in remote Sedalia, was overwhelmingly white,” Philip Rucker writes, scrambling for racism material.

Missouri is 84 percent white. Sedalia is 5 percent African-American. How could the crowd not be “overwhelmingly white”?

The Wednesday crowd at the fair, which lasts 11 days in remote Sedalia, was overwhelmingly white. Some vendors played right-wing talk radio from boom boxes at their tents. One vendor sold “rebel pride” hats emblazoned with Confederate flags for $8 each.

And that’s Philip Rucker’s climactic piece of evidence in this clown show. A guy selling confederate flag hats. Clearly the entire fair is racist. But wait… there’s still more proof.

To Beam, the racist element of the rodeo act was obvious. “If you’re a white man in a black mask in a former slaveholding state with a broom lodged in your rectum and you’re playing with your lips, you will be confused with a racist,” Beam said. “Had I been black, I would’ve been scared for my life.”

Beam could be confused with an idiot. But that’s it folks. If you make fun of a black politician in a state, then you are a racist and about to lead a lynch mob.

In the 1800′s, Pettis County, in which Sedalia is located, had less than 2,000 slaves. So now its rodeo clown shows need a federal monitor appointed by Obama to make sure no rodeo clowns make fun of him.

This isn’t a racial divide. It’s a power divide. It’s about who has it and who doesn’t. The rodeo clowns don’t. Obama, Philip Rucker, Yael T Abouhalkah, the Kansas City Star and the Washington Post do.

  • Gee

    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

  • glpage

    More do-what-I-say-not-what-I-do BS from the left. If it weren’t so scary, it would almost be sad that they are totally oblivious to their duplicity.

  • truebearing

    Spot on analysis.
    That these fools can’t see how idiotic they sound is a true testimonial to the type of intellect the Left recruits: ruthless, shameless, and stupid.
    This nation has been in the process of descending into racial dhimmitude for decades — a retaliatory power inversion from the Left, using blacks as the mechanism for paralyzing people with guilt. The linguistic tryranny of political correctness has been their key mechanism.
    The Left doesn’t really care about blacks, they care about power, and any damage they have inflicted onto the black population is acceptable to them because, as we all know, they subscribe to the 1st principle of political evil: the end justifies the means. The Left rationalizes that all will be made up for once utopia is firmly humming along, and millions of morons actually believe these absurd promises — promises that history has repeatedly proven to be lies.
    The Left has cultivated the American population for this racial dhimmitude, which paves the way for Muslims to impose an even more repressive form of it. How will the Muslims do this? They will use blacks, just like the Left has done.

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    Not only does it illustrate the nation’s continued racial divide, it illustrates the MSM’s warped priorities. They’ve given this incident more attention than the IRS scandal, or any of the scandals.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      This is the only real scandal since 2009 according to MSM. Well, that and any other time they can accuse whites or Christians or conservatives or especially “tea baggers” of “racism” or something.

      • truebearing

        Our very existence is racist because we’re the wrong color. Liberals are exempt because they said so.

  • ziggy zoggy

    Most Black Americans like rodeos about as much as they do rock concerts, ballets, operas and symphonies. I guess those are all racist too. And hiking, camping, swimming, etc.

    These left-wing true believers with their racial double standards have no idea how idiotic they are. Nice takedown, Greenfield. Sane people appreciate it.

    • Michael Le Houllier

      yeah, don’t often see black men in triathlons… must be a racist sport… and ice hockey… and curling… and…

  • mtnhikerdude

    Political correctness has replaced common sense .Evil is being rewarded and Good I being punished.
    Racism has become a one way street. Only crackers can be considered racists.
    When Holder gave the new Black panther Party a pass on voter intimidation one had to see the O’ Clownba administration’s take on racism . A black will never be convicted of a hate crime . Keep electing them . Jesse Jackson’s son has received a prison sentence . That is a miracle . I hear he will still get a paycheck while serving time.

  • panola60

    Nixon masks – No problem
    Carter masks – Fine
    Reagan masks – Ok
    Bush masks – Sounds good
    Bill Clinton masks- Yep, go ahead
    Hillary Clinton masks – Sure, why not
    Obama masks – RACIST!!!!

    So, which of the above presidents claims to be Special, Superior, Supreme. . .