A float in the Texas Tri-State Parade created by the Confederate Riders of America portrayed President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a jail cell Monday.
The group asserts there was no racial meaning behind the float, but local black residents felt it was a step too far.
“A lot of people in the black and Hispanic community are saying, ‘why would you put a black man in a cage?'” Amarillo resident Rodney Darnes told local news station KXXV. “The fact that Hillary is in the float only sets the women’s movement further back.”
The float was officially created by a group called Stars and Bars, and was supported by the Confederate Riders of America. “It was in no way racist,” the President of the Confederate Riders of America Michael Bateman told reporters. “There was a sign right next to them that said ‘Hillary for prison, 2016. We had no racial intentions at all.”