An Iowa racetrack announcer has been out of a job after boasting against “darker skin” fans and athletes who refuse to stand for the national anthem – asking them to “find a different country” .
Video Posted on Twitter on Thursday A captured July 15 attack by a fill-in announcer, identified in the report as Lone Olke, told a crowd at Kosuth County Speedway in Algona that he had a “social service” message to share.
“If you won’t stand up for our flag, if you’re going to kneel down, if you think you have rights – you have the right to be silent most of the time – but I have four words for you: Find a different country ‘If you won’t,’ Olke told fans, some of whom began to cheer.
“Get out of the dodge,” he continued. “Too many people have sacrificed many things in their lives to be able to have these freedoms. And if you think that’s okay, well, I don’t know, you have no rights.”
Olke then turned his attention to the NFL’s plan to play “Lift Every Voice and Sing” – informally known as the “Black National Anthem” – before a few games this upcoming season.
“I’ve heard about all the stuff going on in the NFL and now they’re going to be another national anthem for those guys, … I think … darker skin color – I’d just say black, Olke said. “They want a different national anthem and the NFL is thinking of doing it. That’s why I say turn off the TV and let them play in front of someone. Yes! This is my announcement.”
racetrack officer condemned the rant in a statement on Thursday Saying that the fill-in announcer won’t be back.
“We do not tolerate discrimination in our racing events and welcome race fans of all colour, gender, religion and creed to join our racing family,” the statement said. “We acknowledge that although this is an isolated incident, it is not well.”
The statement did not identify the announcer and the racetrack said it would not comment further on the matter.
“Kosuth County Speedway looks forward to proving to our fans, drivers and employees that we can and will do better,” officials said.
Fairmont Raceway in Minnesota identified the announcer on its Facebook page as its track commentator, The Associated Press reported. As of early Friday the post was no longer visible on the page.
John McCorkel, a promoter at Fairmont Raceway, wrote in a commentary that Olke would get “the loudest standing ovations” when he announces the race there on Friday, shows a screenshot.