To The Editor:

Regarding your Aug. 14 editorial opinion on a rodeo clown’s wearing of an Obama mask, calling it disrespectful, I strongly disagree.

Were there Hispanics, Asians or Blacks at the rodeo? Doubtful.

My mother always reminded me to “consider the source” when people were responsible for behaviors that disgruntled me. I ask you to consider the source and perhaps it will lead to understanding the rodeo clown’s choice.

If you haven’t noticed, white Americans are now only 48 percent of the population of the United States. It’s simple to know who the remaining population is. If you lived through the ’60s and ’70s, you should remember that minorities have always pushed the envelope on behaviors and demands. Streets were full of rioters, businesses were burned to the ground and attempts to make the “progeny” of slave owners assume historical “guilt” was the rage.


The rodeo clown had the right (civil right) to wear an Obama mask. Kudos to him for expressing what I have felt since Obama was elected. Further, did Nixon or McCaskill stand up to defend President George W. Bush?

Seriously, sir, to castigate a rodeo clown for wearing an Obama mask is beneath the dignity of an old, treasured and much loved publication.

Katherine Shaw