This sign on a parade tractor was considered racist and offensive:

  • White History Month: Hug Wte Ppl

None of the following are considered to be racist or offensive:

  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • Black Entertainment Channel
  • Black History Month
  • Congressional Black Caucus
  • Miss Black America
  • American Association of Blacks in Energy
  • The Association of Black Psychologists
  • National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.
  • National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers
  • National Association of Black Journalists
  • National Black Business Council, Inc.
  • National Black Chamber of Commerce
  • National Black MBA Association
  • National Black Nurses Association
  • National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women
  • United Negro College Fund
  • 100 Black Men of America
  • Organization of Black Designers

Donnie Spell, a farmer in Hope Mills, North Carolina is finding out just how intolerable people are.  Every year, the small town of 15,000 residents in south-central North Carolina holds its Independence Day parade and celebration and for years, Spell has had his old tractors in the parade.  This year, he was given permission to use ten old tractors in the parade, one of which would be hauling a trailer full of watermelons for sale.

When Spell lined up for the parade, officials noticed the sign on the side of the trailer full of watermelons and asked him to remove it.  They thought he had, but when Spell drove down the parade route, the sign was still draped over the side of the trailer and Spell was flying a Confederate Flag on tractor as he had done in a number of other parades.

Sure as shootin’, the town received some complaints from people that were offended by the sign, saying that it was racist and hateful.  Mayor Jackie Warner knows Spell and said:

“I think, if you talk to him, you’re going to see it’s not anything meant to be vicious.”

Town Manager John Ellis said they want to the keep the parade a ‘wholesome family event’, so they are taking measures to try to control such outrageously offensive racism as a simple sign promoting white history from ever being displayed in the parade ever again.