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Dear Editor:

The rodeo clown incident that made the recent news, makes my heart cry. Both my great-grandpa and my grandpa were “real” cowboys. They would never have made degrading remarks about anyone, especially their president.

When Texas voted to leave the union and join the Confederacy during the Civil War, my great-grandpa moved his family from Texas to the territory of southern New Mexico where they joined the cattle drives headed north. Following the war, they returned to the Texas Panhandle where both worked as cowboys on the T-Anchor Ranch.

When the settlers began to arrive, the T-Anchor cowboys welcomed them with open arms and, soon after, the T-Anchor became the city of Canyon, Texas. The cowboys of the T-Anchor became the first elected officials. My grandpa first served as county surveyor and later as county clerk The following note sent to his funeral from “Old Bones,” a black cowboy, is strong evidence of the character and loyalty of those “real” cowboys who cared little about one’s racial background:

“This is the 351st white flower, a lone white flower, a guardian of honor, that I have been sending for past forty years in honor of pioneer men and women who had a part in the building of this Great Empire of ours here on the Plains.” Signed: Mathew Hooks, “Old Bones.”

Patty Tillerson

This story was posted on August 29, 2013.
  • Leroy

    Patty, back when your grandpas were cowboying, we didnt have POS presidents like Obama. Doesnt matter if he’s black, white, red or yellow. Obama is a POS!! Just so happens he’s black and so that makes the rodeo clown black. Had Obama been white, it would have been a white rodeo clown. When are people like you going to wake up and quit crying racism. The problem with Obama isnt that he’s black, it’s that he’s Obama!

  • Sad day for America

    Or the problem is ignorant, intolerant people like Mr. Leroy.

  • Leroy

    Sad,
    would you like to give an explaination of how my comment was ignorant or intolerant? Racism is ignorance and intolerance. I dont believe I came accross as a racist. I made a derogative statement about Obama and expressed the same views as almost half of the United States citizens. YOU didnt like my statement and disagreed with it. YOU decided to call me ignorant and intolerant because of an opinion which I stated and YOU disagreed with. Would that not make YOU ignorant and intolerant? Care to explain your bombastic post?