Lon Oelke offered a “social service” message while filling in behind the mic at the Kossuth County Speedway in Algona on July 15. Oelke said:
“If you won’t stand for our flag, if you’re gonna take a knee, if you’re gonna feel you have rights — you have the right to remain silent for most of the time — But I got four words for you: Find a different country, if you won’t do it. Get the hell out of Dodge. A lot of people have sacrificed many things in their lives for us to be able to do these liberties. And if you feel that’s all right, well, I don’t know. You just don’t have a right.
“I’ve heard about all the stuff going on in the NFL, and now they’re going to have another national anthem for those folks. For the — I guess — darker-toned skin color … I’ll just say blacks. They want a different national anthem and the NFL is thinking about doing it. So I say shut the TVs off and let them play in front of nobody. Yes! That’s my announcement.”
National media has dubbed it a “racist rant.” Of course, the first paragraph had absolutely nothing to do with race. The second paragraph was about the NFL reportedly considering playing the “black national anthem” before its games in the upcoming season. Playing such a song offers nothing but division.
Now, perhaps the reason so many are calling Lon “racist” is because of his use of the term “blacks.” But he was talking about the black national anthem. And I have heard Democrat Rep. Bruce Hunter refer to “blacks” multiple times in the Iowa House. So I’m not sure the term “blacks” is racist.
But nonetheless, the woke mob has its agenda and doesn’t care about facts.
Kossuth County Speedway put out a statement on July 22 saying its management did not hear the announcement, but the comment was brought to its attention by a social media post.
“Kossuth County Speedway and the Kossuth County Fair Board do not condone the comments made by the fill-in announcer,” the statement said. “We do not tolerate discrimination at our racing events and welcome race fans of all color, gender, religion and creed to join our racing family.”
The speedway wanted to clarify its usual announcer did not make the comments. It added that they will no longer employ Oelke at any of its track’s events.
Oelke announced the races as he usually does at Fairmont Raceway in Minnesota last night.