“Find another country! Iowa racetrack announcer fired after loudspeaker rant about ‘darker skinned’ Americans who won’t defend the flag and want their own national anthem – to CHEERS from the crowd
- The announcer was replacing at Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowa on July 15
- Several people in the crowd were heard cheering as he lamented the black American athletes who wouldn’t defend the flag and wanted their own anthem
- Kossuth County Speedway fired the announcer, who, he said in a statement, “fulfilled” when he made the comments.
- Speedway’s statement did not identify him, but speedway fans say the man is veteran announcer Lon Oelke
An Iowa racetrack announcer has been fired after engaging in a racist rant against black athletes over a loudspeaker.
The announcer – whose identity has not been confirmed – was “replacing” a regular announcer at Kossuth County Speedway in Algona on July 15 when he made the inflammatory remarks.
The video shared on social media shows crowds on the speedway listening as he says over the loudspeaker: “Here’s your social service announcement: if you’re not defending our flag, if you’re going to get down on your knees, if you’re going to feel you have rights – you have the right to remain silent most of the time – but i have four words for you: “find another country”.
We hear him continue: ‘Get out of the dodge. Yes! A lot of people have sacrificed a lot of things in their life so that we can do these freedoms. And if you think it’s okay, well, I don’t know, you just don’t have the right.
Some in the crowd were heard applauding as he made the comments.
An Iowa racetrack announcer has been fired after engaging in a racist rant against black athletes over a loudspeaker. The Kossuth County Speedway in Algona is pictured
Several people in the crowd started to cheer as the man hurled his racist rant over the loudspeaker
The man then referred to recent reports that the NFL will play “Lift Every Voice and Sing” – the unofficial black national anthem – ahead of games in Week 1 of his next season.
“I’ve heard about everything that’s going on in the NFL and now they’re going to have another national anthem for these people, for the… I guess… the darker skin color, I’ll just say black. They want one. different national anthem and the NFL is considering doing that. So I say turn off the TVs and let them play in front of no one! ‘ he raged.
In a statement, the speedway said the announcer was replacing the usual primary announcer and would not be employed at future track events.
“It was not good and it will not happen again,” the statement said. “Kossuth County Speedway is eager to prove to our fans, drivers and crew that we can and will do better.”
Announcer comments were broadcast on FloRacing, which is live streaming the racing events. FloRacing said in a statement Thursday that it had removed the broadcast of the event and that “the opinions and language of the advertiser do not reflect our core values or have a place on our platform.”
Black and white athletes have knelt during the national anthem in recent years to protest systemic racism and police brutality. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (center) led the way. He is pictured in 2016
Orlando Magic players are seen kneeling ahead of a game against the Brooklyn Nets last year
Although the circuit has not confirmed the identity of the man, Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minnesota, said on its Facebook page that the man is the track’s longtime announcer, Lon Oelke.
Fairmont Raceway promoter Jon McCorkell wrote that Oelke would “absolutely announce” the races on Friday night and receive a standing ovation before the national anthem.
McCorkell added that he agreed “with all of Lon’s comments and opinions” and several commentators praised Oelke.
The Associated Press reported that Oelke’s phone number was disconnected and he did not respond to a request for comment.
Announcer comments were broadcast on FloRacing, which is live streaming the racing events. FloRacing said in a statement on Thursday that it had removed the event from the broadcast.
In its statement, the speedway said the man who made the comments was replacing its primary announcer and would not be employed at future track events.