The rodeo clown who wore a President Obama mask at the Missouri State Fair committed a hate crime, an NAACP official said.
“I think that a hate crime has occurred,” Mary Ratliff, the head of the NAACP’s chapter in Missouri told KXNT Radio in Las Vegas on Thursday.
“I think a hate crime occurs when you use a person’s race to depict who they are and to make degrading comments, gestures, et cetera, against them.”
The rodeo clown donned the Obama mask before being chased around by bulls in a pen, according to reports. The clown was introduced by an announcer who asked the audience if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.” The Missouri State Fair on Monday barred the clown from performing at the fair.