Lewis Diuguid

Mannequin of Obama hanging from I-70 overpass must be thoroughly investigated


President Barack Obama’s has to worry about Republican opposition to Environmental Protection Agency carbon emission standards for coal-burning power plants and a prisoner trade for a long-held Army sergeant in Afghanistan.

But then some Kansas City area clown disrupts the presidential flow by hanging a fully clothed mannequin wearing a mask of Obama off an Interstate 70 overpass. The incident occurred about 5:30 a.m. Monday between Grain Valley and Oak Grove in a mostly white section of Jackson County.

Authorities closed a part of I-70 for several minutes to remove the mannequin and investigate the area, The Kansas City Star reported. The incident is nothing to be taken lightly.

This country has a long and terrible history of lynching African Americans, and Obama is the nation’s first black president. The Secret Service and the FBI should be investigating this awful occurrence as a hate crime against Obama and the first family.

The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (474-8477).