Topeka The Kansas chapter of the NAACP on Thursday called on state Rep Bill Otto, R-LeRoy, to remove from YouTube his video where he criticizes President Barack Obama while wearing a hat that says “OPOSSUM the other Dark Meat.”
At a news conference, NAACP members read a resolution that said Otto’s self-described “RedNeck Rap” was racist, tasteless and inflammatory.
Rev. Ben Scott, president of the Topeka chapter of the NAACP, and Charles Jean-Baptiste, former president of the Kansas branch of the NAACP, also said they believe Otto’s video was indicative of an increase in public displays of racism since Obama’s election.
The group called on Otto to take down the video and apologize.
Otto refused. He has said the reference to opossum was meant as a joke about his hillbilly heritage and was not aimed at the president.
He has since put on YouTube a second version of “RedNeck Rap” in which he starts with an introduction, saying, “I am proud that we have elected our first African-American president. I am not a racist.”
But the NAACP said that wasn’t good enough.
At the news conference, William Richards, a longtime civil rights and veterans advocate, said Otto’s remarks breed dissension instead of helping the public good.