During the National Western Stock Show’s annual Citizen of the West banquet, A Greeley businessman made a racist joke about Obama which fell flat. Of course he apologized profusely, saying “I mistook it to be humorous, but it was something I shouldn’t have said.” For those curious, the attempted joke, reports the Rocky Mountain News, was “William R. Farr was pretending to read telegrams congratulating this year’s award recipient, University of Colorado President Hank Brown, when he pulled out a piece of paper and said, “I have a telegram from the White House.” Then he added, “They’re going to have to change the name of that building if Obama’s elected.”

Of course everyone attending the function said they gasped, felt outraged, and declared it was highly inappropriate, but how many people believe Farr would have made the comment if it was that ‘gasp worthy.’ This obviously points to the racism that still exists in this country and surrounds the current presidential election. Although time and again polls have showed that most of America would vote for a black man, that does not mean that racist Obama jokes are not part of everyday speech for many Americans. And by the way, how many people would openly admit to not feeling comfortable with a black president?

The point is that although those who were present at the National Western Stock Show’s annual Citizen of the West banquet felt it was ‘atrocious’ (words of Sen. Ken Salazar, who was in attendance) it would seem that there was some truth to the joke made that evening, and that racism is indeed alive and well under all that ‘PC’ talk.

Rocky Mountain News

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