Bar patrons in West Allis, Wisc., are reportedly being investigated because they burned an effigy of President Barack Obama.
“In my eyes it’s a form of racism,” one person-on-the-street told the local TV station.
In January 2009, some college kids burned an effigy of George Bush:
And it’s likely that most presidents since the discovery of fire (all of them ) have had their likenesses defaced in some way or another. But Obama, of course, is the first African American president and a racial meaning is often attributed.
If you’re a bar full of drunken Wisconsinites, what would be the proper way to express dissatisfaction with a president?
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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