The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has called on the U.S. Department of Justice and the Secret Service to investigate a state fair where a rodeo clown put on a mask of President Barack Obama and the crowd was then asked if they would like to see the Obama run down by a bull.
"The activities at the Missouri State Fair targeting and inciting violence against our president are serious and warrant a full review by both the Secret Service and the Justice Department," said NAACP State President Mary Ratliff, in a statement according to OzarksFirst. "Incidents involving individuals acting out with extreme violent behavior in movie theaters, schools, churches, political appearances and outdoor events in general speaks volume to the irresponsible behavior of all the parties involved with the incendiary events at the Missouri State Fair."
The Washington Times reports that the clown who actually performed the skit has been banned for life from state rodeo performances. The fallout from the incident so far has included the resignation of the head of Missouri’s rodeo-clown organization, and the announcement of Missouri State Fair officials that all rodeo clowns will now have to take sensitivity training as a condition of their employment.
Ratliff also reportedly said the state is to blame for providing funding for the fair, an annual popular event.
“Our legislature has failed to support Medicare Expansion in Missouri, has consistently attempted to dismantle our Human Rights Commission, fail to adequately fund urban schools — [which] are predominantly African-American — yet they are subsidizing the Missouri State Fair to the tune of $400,000. We are calling for the subsidy to stop.”