Hope Mills Officials Receive Complaints about Offensive Parade Float

Caitlin Dineen, Fay Observer, July 5, 2013

Several spectators at the Hope Mills Fourth of July parade have complained to town officials that they’re offended by a float that appeared in the parade Thursday.


In the parade that went through downtown Hope Mills, a float carrying a bed full of watermelons was attached to a John Deere tractor. A Confederate flag was attached to the back. On each side, there were two small white signs. They said “White History Month” and “hug wht ppl.”

Town officials have received about a dozen phone calls or emails about the float. Others have voiced concerns on the Facebook page of the town’s Parks and Recreation Department as well as on social media.

The float was one of eight entered by Donnie Spell in Thursday’s parade, said Kenny Bullock, director of the Parks and Recreation Department.


Bullock said Friday he had asked a member of Spell’s family to take the signs down before the parade started Thursday morning. He said he does not know why they did not comply with the request.

He learned the signs were still on the tractor midway through the parade when people started calling his cell phone, he said.


All floats in town parades are entered through the Parks and Recreation Department, Bullock said. He said the application process includes a brief description of what a float will include. Those signs were not included in Spell’s application, he said.

Bullock said Spell has entered tractors in the town’s parades, which also includes a Christmas parade, for years.

The board plans to review the application process to ensure it does not happen again, Warner and Bullock said.


Bullock said recreation officials will make recommendations to the commissioners about how to better screen floats in the future.

“I feel like, in my opinion, I feel like there’s a time and a place for everything,” Bullock said. “Was the parade the place? I don’t think so.”

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  • FourFooted_Messiah

    Wait what? Sounds familiar. My apt building used to be managed by individuals, not a corporation. During that time, I had a Red Ensign in my window. Once the management company came in, they sent around a memo stating “no flags in windows” ,, so I had to take my flag down (though I ignore the new no-smoking crap. Everyone in here smokes all kinds of stuff.)

    • My HOA rules say that flags publicly displayed must be “American” flags. Since the Stars & Bars is an American flag, we display it every July 4. We also display the Welsh flag on Rourke’s Drift eve, 22-23 January. Nobody has the intelligence to have understood that message yet, even though I’ve thrown a Rourke’s Drift Party every year since I’ve been home from federal prison. Also, since I’m a convicted federal felon on the Terrorist Watch List, nobody in their right mind is ever going to bother me about flags. Some Muzzie renters across from us begged us to stop grilling pork on our patio, so I said “no”, but being a neighborly sort, I asked the guy whether he wanted a beer. He said he asked nicely, and I replied that I had refused just as politely. They moved.

      Buy your own home and stop pouring your money down the rent-hole.

      • dd121

        Gosh, I wish I had neighbors like that. Mine are all nice.

  • MekongDelta69

    Let’s quickly sum this up:
    White = Bad
    Black = Good

    • Spartacus

      You forgot that 2+2=5

      • MekongDelta69

        Yeah – sorry. I forgot. I’ll try to be more diligent next time.

        I was trying to use reason, rationale, common sense, logic, and those oh-so annoying little things called FACTS, but for a moment, it slipped my mind what decade/century we were presently in.

        Thanks for reminding me that it’s 2013, not 1903 or 1913 or 1923 or 1933 or 1943 or 1953 or 1963.

      • Erasmus

        Sho’ nuff.
        Math be raciss.

      • The Final Solution

        Math is part of the white male system according to Anne Wilson Schaef.

        • Romulus

          She’s a great big C!!!!

  • IstvanIN

    I wonder if they have any black pride/history/power displays in their parades?

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      Bet they do, and I bet those are the ones who win ribbons.

      • IstvanIN

        Like a pig at the county fair.

        • The__Bobster

          Except that the pig deserved to win.

        • Who needs a country fair when we have a blue-ribbon prize in a Florida courtroom?

  • Erasmus

    Good for them! Sometimes it takes provocative action to get people thinking and talking. So, let’s have more provocative action. Once people do start talking and thinking, AA, Kumbayah, and “Celebrate Diversity!” all are on their way out the window.

  • bigone4u

    There’s a Constitutional issue here because theoretically the government cannot regulate political speech. It would be nice to see the ACLU defend white history month if the town forbids this type signage. In fact, just as a matter of principle I would love to see the KKK enter a float in next year’s parade. If gays can march for pride, why can’t straight whites?

    • The__Bobster

      The ACLU cherry picks the conservative cases they take….and they represent less than 1% of them.

      • bigone4u

        I tried to get them interested in my case, but they ignored me. I wasted my time because I did not realize the small percent of cases they take.

        • MBlanc46

          I know your time is valuable, but perhaps the expenditure was worth it to rattle their cage a bit.

    • Sick of it

      They regulate speech in countless ways, including permit requirements for a demonstration.

      • bigone4u

        Right you are. Regulation, such as a free speech zone on a campus is permitted, but the government cannot regulate CONTENT. So, allowing a black history month float but forbidding a white one would be unconstitutional, at least in theory.

        • Sick of it

          I’m offended they excluded fried chicken from the float. It is the South, after all, and we do love our fried chicken.

    • DonReynolds

      The Klan had a float in the Atlanta Christmas parade a few years ago, that caused a bit of a stir. There on the float, in big letters it said…..
      “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”
      Nothing else…..just these words……and the wailing and gnashing of teeth started.

      • bigone4u

        What a beautiful, amazing story. “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” Snow is racist I guess.

  • Kenny Bullock, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, is the man who asked the Spells to remove the sign.
    You gotta clean up your own trash first, for they are the root cause of diversity to begin with.
    Bullock is the man on the left, figuratively and literally speaking…

    • IstvanIN

      Boy, you don’t like fat folks!

      • Erasmus

        If you cross bred him with Rachel Jeantel, I wonder what the children would look like? Would they be like little butterballs with just their feet and hands sticking out beyond the sub-cutaneous fat?

        • IstvanIN

          Retarded milk chocolate chidrenz.

        • gemjunior

          Pretty much! They’d look like Violet from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (original 1970s version) but they’d be brownish…

      • The__Bobster

        They look fruity to me.

  • anarchyst

    I LIKE IT!!! We need more “diversity” in parades (that promotes white culture). . .

  • ncpride

    “I feel like, in my opinion, I feel like there’s a time and a place for everything,” Bullock said. “Was the parade the place? I don’t think so.”

    Then by all means tell us, Mr. Bullock when WOULD be a good time? When and where are White people allowed to show pride in their race, and love for their own without being shouted down as racists, bigots and White supremacists? Hmm, yeah we know….NEVER.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    This parade float must be banned because it’s “offensive.” But try saying you object to a black or gay pride parade (or even post on a liberal forum about an anti-white viewpoint) that you find it “offensive” and see the reaction you get! The reaction of course will be that bigots deserve to be offended!

    “Offensive” is just another word the liberals have commandeered, code for anything that does not conform to the current, politically-correct dogma.

  • HJ11

    Every awake White needs to speak up for White rights and the right to be.

    Don’t let weak seed Whites rule and help wipe us out. They are the scum who will dig our graves for their non-White masters.

    The signs, etc. in question were tasteful and not at all strident, yet White haters still were offended. Why? Because ANY expression of our essential Whiteness will be treated that way until we start staning up against the anti-White bigots.

    It all begins with one. I am one. So are you. I stand up for Whiteness all the time. I am White 24 hours a day. It is my most essential identity and there is no close second. As a result, I am not strident in my assertion of my Whiteness, but it is there. I avoid movies with Blacks whenever I can. I do not shop in Black stores. And, so on.

    • The__Bobster

      And I’m still placing a can of fruit punch in front of Cheerios displays in every store I visit.

  • A Confederate flag in North Carolina. Who would have ever thought?

  • The__Bobster

    Bullock said Friday he had asked a member of Spell’s family to take the signs down before the parade started Thursday morning. He said he does not know why they did not comply with the request.

    Because you’re a weenie?

  • The__Bobster

    I hope they saved some of those waddymelons. I have a hankering for a piece right about now.

    • We bottled here that watermelon cider. It’s now fizzy and about 15%. I did buy another one to replace the fermenter’s work and have it chopped up and boiling in the pot.

    • evilsandmich

      They’re taking back watermellons for white people.

  • JohnEngelman

    Liberals claim to be in favor of free expression. In truth they are only in favor of flag burning, obscenity, and blasphemy.

    • Erasmus

      Of course liberals are in favor of free expression…so long as it agrees with them, people are free to express it.

    • I’m always in favor of the last two. It’s only obscene if one is doing it right with one’s wife. I think they should be allowed to burn flags. It humiliates only them when they burn flags.

    • MawellAxel

      you claim to be in favor of truth, except when it comes to your chosen people

      • JohnEngelman

        There are only three obvious differences between Jews and Gentiles: their religion, their high average intelligence, their high average incomes, which they owe to their superior intelligence.

        I love their religion. I respect their superior intelligence. I appreciate the fact that despite their prosperity they usually vote Democrat. They remember the shtetl, the ghetto, and the lower east side of Manhattan. Unlike rich Republicans they care about people who are not rich.

        • MawellAxel

          You do not acknowledge the activities of jews in the destruction of the west. I am not concerned about IQ, I am concerned about actions and agendas. YOu consistently refuse to acknowledge the blatant agendas that are followed by jews and their hypocritical nature. Such as the actions of this individual , a member of the board of directors of the World Jewish Congress.


          You consistently refuse to acknowledge that Jews were the ones who started the NAACP and the other such civil rights groups, that they are the ones that own much of the media and that have produced much of the propaganda that has helped destroy the west. They are the ones who are behind the whole multiculturalism death pill that the west is choking on.Your position seems to be that they have higher average IQs so they should be able to replace Europeans. They are replacing Europeans though with lower IQ people so I do not see the validity of your train of thought.

          • JohnEngelman

            My attitude about the civil rights movement is more ambivalent than yours is. The civil rights legislation has made it possible for the minority of blacks who are able to perform and behave as well as whites to win the achievements and prosperity they deserve.

          • MawellAxel

            who cares what your attitude is or what you like, this is not about you

          • The__Bobster

            Teddy was a 33-yo idiot when he promoted that traitorous act. However, the real power behind it was Emanuel Celler, a usual suspect.

            Immigration Act of 1965 (Senate)

            In the U.S. Senate, the South provided 16 of the 18 votes against the Immigration Act of 1965, and the region voted 16 to 13 against the bill. Sen. Norris Cotton of New Hampshire was the only senator from the Northeast that voted against the bill. Every senator from the Midwest also voted for the bill.

            United States: 76-18 [2] The South: 13-16

            Immigration Act of 1965 (House)

            In the U.S. House, the South voted 79-43 against the Immigration Act of 1965. But every member of the U.S. House from the Northeast voted for the Immigration Act of 1965—except for Rep. Leo O’Brien of New York, who failed to cast a vote.

            In other words, the disastrous nation-breaking 1965 Immigration Act would never have passed if it had been up to the South.

            United States: 318-95[7] The South: 43-79 [2]

            IRCA Amnesty of 1986 (Senate)

            In the U.S. Senate, the South voted with the rest of America for the Reagan-supported IRCA Amnesty of 1986. (Strangely enough, Ted Kennedy and other Northern senators such John Kerry and Joe Biden voted against the bill—presumably arguing the amnesty provisions were too onerous)

            United States: 69-30 [1] The South: 25-4 [1]

            IRCA Amnesty of 1986 (House)

            In the U.S. House, the South voted against the IRCA Amnesty of 1986. Thus IRCA would have been killed in an all-Southern Congress.

            United States: 230-166 [28] The South: 55-69 [8].

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    On each side, there were two small white signs. They said ‘White History Month’ and ‘hug wht ppl.’

    Oh, The Horror!!

    OK: I read some of the HuffPo comments and they were running 90% anti-White with such foolish comments as: “every day is White history month…blah, blah, blah!!” Yet not ONE of them could one good reason as to why Whites shouldn’t have a float that says “Celebrate White History Month.”

    Typical anti-White behavior: Anyone who asks inconvenient questions or challenges their one-sided narrative of history will be called a racist or hater; they will be BEATEN DOWN with terminology engineered to demonize anyone who questions the anti-White narrative.

    Typical HuffPo Comment #1:

    There’s a simple reason why we don’t have “White History Month” in this country.

    Our recorded history—what kids are taught in schools—IS white history, so we’re all exposed to it growing up and every day of our lives.

    Black history—and the history of other minorities—is only taught as a footnote in history as it’s taught in this country.


    But, am I surprised that these clowns decide we need “White History Month”?

    No. The depth of ignorance of conservatives has yet to be plumbed….

    Typical HuffPo Comment #2:

    Definition of ignorance: White Americans crying for White History Month. Didn’t pay much attention in school, eh? Your public education was a White History Decade, give or take a couple years!


    Anti-Whites say anyone who is pro-White should not be allowed to speak, because we are evil/ignorant/racist/Nazi…

    In public schools, all day every day it’s about MLK, Cesar Chavez and other “heroes” of color; there’s nothing about the Founding Fathers, in fact, there IS NO WHITE HISTORY TAUGHT.


    • kjh64

      “Every day is White history month” or “minorities are treated as a footnote.”

      Well, I have news for them. Up until the 70’s, America was 90 something percent White. So yes, 90 something percent of American history should be “White history” since the reality is that most American history is White, just like most Mexican history is Mexican, most Japanese history is Japanese, most Nigerian history is Nigerian and so on. Minorities in the USA are a footnote in history, with the exception of American Indians and slavery, which are frequently mentioned, because with more than 90 something percent White throughout most of America’s history, that is the reality, just like minorities in any country are usually a footnote, something that should be mentioned but in small amounts.

      • MawellAxel

        too much common sense in your reasoning, the liberal mind rejects it on that ground.

  • Romulus

    Someone ought to hand the guy a cigar and name a park after him. I give him props for having a huge pair.

  • OhWow

    “Bullock said Friday he had asked a member of Spell’s family to take the signs down before the parade started Thursday morning. He said he does not know why they did not comply with the request.”

    Ooh, ooh me! Ms. Crabtree, can I answer that one? It’s because there is nothing wrong with having pride in your race and if he were black driving a tractor that said “black history month” or “black pride” it would never be asked to be removed. So basically the reason he did not comply is because he wants the same standards for all.


    No double standards please but he should have not done the watermelon thing unless he has a farm that idk

  • libertarian1234

    I’m pretty sure these “complaints” the liberal rag is referring to amount to a miniscule amount of the overall population.

    It’s been blown out of proportion and made to look like an issue of concern to the majority, likely from just one or two leftist dregs who comprise the weak-minded fop element in that area……probably from the newspaper.

    I’ve seen just two or three rabid leftist geeks in small towns actually control the news and distort what the situation really is, because they’re like the NBC radicals who thought distorting the Zimmerman 911 tapes was good and noble if it advanced their agenda and exposed “the truth.”

    Somebody in that area needs to neutralize these dregs before they cause any more problems. They’re not only delusional, but they evil too.

  • AllSeeingEyeSpy

    A confederate flag. A nod to white history month. A call to hug white people. A trailer, I mean, ‘float’ of nothing but watermelons. Which of these don’t belong. And why must white identity always be tied to stupid stuff. In denying white identity for so long they’re turning normal people into Nazi’s and neo-confederates.

  • Steven Bannister

    That is frickin hilarious.

    At first I thought a truck full of watermelons was kinda silly and in poor taste. But then I thought about it for minute said “Naaah… it’s good to have a sense of humor!”