An official from the U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly investigating the use of a float in a Norfolk, Nebraska Independence Day parade that mocked President Obama.
The float quickly became controversial after a picture was posted on social media, as it included a figurine intended to resemble President Obama standing in front of an outhouse with a sign that read “Presidential Library.” Many claimed that the float was a racist depiction of the country’s leader, with the Nebraska Democratic Party claiming it was one of the “worst shows of racism and disrespect for the office of the presidency that Nebraska has ever seen.”
According to the Inquistr, the Department of Justice Community Response Service team member tasked with discrimination disputes was present at the public meeting regarding the float in Norfolk. At that meeting, float creator Dale Remmich reportedly claimed that the figure on the float was intended to represent himself rather than President Obama. He also claimed that he was hoping to poke fun at the president because he was upset with the commander-in-chief’s handling of the Veteran Affairs Department.
Remmich also defended himself against accusations, claiming the figurine was intended to look like “a zombie who has had enough.” Officials at the meeting agreed that there were no specific references to the color of the president’s skin on the float.
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According to Omaha.com, the float was awarded an honorable mention at the conclusion of the parade.
Its existence is being defended as an expression of free speech.