Poster of Obama as "Joker" hangs outside strip club

From NBC12, AP News

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The state NAACP held a news conference today over this poster that's grabbing attention outside the doors of a gentleman's club in Shockoe Bottom, just off I-95 at Franklin Street.

Outside Club Velvet is a picture of President Barack Obama as "The Joker" from Batman comic book and movie fame. The word "Socialism" is branded along the bottom of the banner.

Representatives from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Nation of Islam and other groups gathered outside Club Velvet to protest what they called an affront against the nation's first black president and "veiled attacks on all African people."

At a news conference that was part street theater, a dancer from the club walked through the crowd with a sign that read "Strippers for Obama" as a drummer kept a steady beat.

Club owner Sam Moore said the banner is not racist. He said he's simply unhappy with Obama's policies.

Some of the protesters were demanding that the banner should come down, calling it racist and disrespectful.

Others counter that race has nothing to do with the issue, that the banner represents a displeasure with the Obama administration.

The NAACP says the news conference was to address the community's reaction to the mural and ongoing racial hostility in the area.

We'll have more on today's press conference in our evening newscasts.

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