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NAACP meets with community leaders over controversial float in Norfolk, NE


A meeting in a northeast Nebraska community caught in the crossfire after a controversial float found its way into a holiday parade billed as "family friendly."

Some say it depicts President Barack Obama in front of an outhouse with a sing that reads "Obama Presidential Library."

Members of the NAACP met with Norfolk city leaders and parade organizers.

NAACP leaders told city leaders what they've heard from their members across the state.

"We wanted to make sure that the Odd Fellows and the Mayor were able to hear those concerns, and also look at what we can do to improve those perceptions," Betty Andrews, President Iowa/Nebraska NAACP said.

Norfolk leaders say what started as an unfavorable "mark" on the community has turned into a opportunity to bring the larger community together.

"We've come to learn what some of the concerns are of the citizens that maybe we aren't representing as well as we should, or maybe don't feel comfortable that they have a voice in the community," Sue Fuchtman, Norfolk, Nebraska Mayor.

Moving ahead, city leaders sat they will find ways to engage with minority citizens so their voices can be heard in the community.

Members of the Odd Fellows Lodge, who sponsor the parade, say following this year's parade, they plan to reevaluate the policies for what is allowed in the parade.

The creator of the float says the it was meant to be a commentary on the V-A medical system, and depicted himself, not the president.


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