Iowa racetrack fires announcer for racist rant


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An Iowa racetrack has severed ties with a public address announcer after delivering a racist rant over the speedway speakers.

Kossuth County Speedway in Algona announced its decision after video of the rant gained social media attention. The incident happened on July 15. By the Des Moines register, the announcer presented his pre-race speech as a “social service announcement. “

‘Get out of here’

He then issued a rant against the NFL, kneeling down during the national anthem to protest social injustice, the black national anthem and people with “darker skin color.” The rant video was removed from social networks. But the Registry took a transcript:

“If you’re not defending our flag, if you’re going to get down on one knee, if you’re going to feel that you have rights – you have the right to remain silent most of the time – but I have four words for you: Find another country, if you don’t Get out of Dodge.

Yes! A lot of people have sacrificed a lot of things in their life so that we can do these freedoms. And if you think it’s good, well I don’t know, you just don’t have the right. I’ve heard about everything going on in the NFL, and now they’re going to have another national anthem for these people, for the… I guess… the darker skin color, I’ll just say blacks. They want a different national anthem and the NFL is thinking about doing it. “

He was apparently referring to their anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, commonly referred to as the black national anthem.

Track declaration

Kossuth County Speedway announced its decision to fire the announcer on Thursday, a week after the incident. According to his statement, the track management did not hear the rant that drew cheers and applause from the crowd, according to the Register. He also said he was not the full-time track announcer, but a backup.

“Unless you are seated in the stands (which is not the case for the management of the tracks), the sound system is not easily audible”, the statement reads. “Kossuth County Speedway and the Kossuth County Fair Board do not tolerate comments made by the substitute announcer. We do not tolerate discrimination in our races and invite racing fans of all colors, genders, religions and beliefs to come together. join our family races. “

Report: Announcer home runway applauds rant

The speedway declined to name the announcer. But the Associated Press reports that the Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minnesota identified the advertiser on their Facebook page as their own Lon Oelke. Fairmont Raceway promoter Jon McCorkell wrote that he agreed “with all of Lon’s comments and opinions” and that Oelke would receive a standing ovation before his next appearance on the track.

This post was eventually removed from the Fairmont Raceway Facebook page.

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