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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Texan Lynches Empty Chair

Posted by on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM



Kath25 at Daily Kos writes:

Today, Burnt Orange Report received a photo, reproduced below the jump, of an empty chair "lynched" from a tree in a Republican's yard. One can easily interpret the display to represent a racially motivated act of violence against the President.

This was in front of a home in Northwest Austin, usually thought of as a liberal enclave in big red Texas. Now, one could easily argue "it's just a chair, what's the big deal? That's not racist!"

Clint Eastwood must be so proud. In the time since the post went up last night, the homeowner added an American flag to the chair, and someone was sitting in the yard, guarding the lynched chair.

 

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Revenge! 1
"Clint Eastwood must be so proud."

I don't think that's fair to Clint Eastwood. Seriously.
Posted by Revenge! on September 20, 2012 at 12:12 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 2
@1 - What, for creating the loudest dog whistle ever made? Yeah, that wasn't his fault.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on September 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM · Report this
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I like Clint's movies.
I like a lot of Clint's politics.
But yeah.
When you volunteer to go on stage for people who have a racist tendency AND YOU SUPPORT THEM then this is what happens.

Clint did not do it.
Clint did not suggest it.
Clint will probably be completely offended by it.

Clint, you're better than this.
Don't let them use you to support their racism.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on September 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM · Report this
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We call it hanging in effigy, not lynching.

I think it's amazing. If it was from somewhere else we'd consider it a wry statement on how conservatives hate a fictional character.

Also any donkey/elephant-shaped pinata's have to now be considered political statements.
Posted by dirge on September 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM · Report this
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Wow, the day when I feel compelled to defend a speaker at the RNC convention (particularly one who talked to a chair) was a day I thought I'd never see coming, but lo, here we are:

I think it's possible to support the general policiese of the old timey RNC (fiscal and social conservatism) without being a racist. I'd be suprised if Clint Eastwood was anything other than horrified by this. And I feel like a clever racist could come up with a dogwhistle out of nearly anything- all you need is an object that refers to or is linked in some way to prominent person of color.

But basically, Clint Eastwood's feelings are kind of tangential, right? This is horrifying and disgusting without sort of roping in the feelings or intentions of an aging and apparently confused movie actor.
Posted by Kumquat on September 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 6
@4 - Don't be obtuse. This is lynching, even in effigy. You can't pretend this is just an innocuous dangling of a chair from a tree; there is a rich, horrible history of hanging black people from trees in the South. This racist dipshit knows that, and so do you. Who else gets hanged in effigy anywhere in the US? Did Clinton get this treatment in the '90s? Is anyone hanging a Harry Reid dummy in Nevada or anywhere else?
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on September 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM · Report this
Gern Blanston 7
That's really creepy, I don't think it's fair to pin it on Clint Eastwood either though.
Posted by Gern Blanston on September 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM · Report this
merry 8
Jesus. Fucking. Christ.

I weep for my country......

Posted by merry on September 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM · Report this
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Eastwood's made a long career out of pandering to old angry white racists. I'm sure he's not to upset about this.
Posted by GermanSausage on September 20, 2012 at 1:02 PM · Report this
mackro 10
This makes the chair scene in Gummo look diplomatic.
Posted by mackro http://mackro.blogspot.com on September 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM · Report this
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@4 U.S. presidents get hanged in effigy all the time. When someone hangs a representation of a political figure we call hanging them if effigy. Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney have all been hanged in effigy in this country.

Terry Jones hanged an effigy of Obama in June. Another was hung in July in Arkansas. Another in March in Rhode Island and one more in January in Georgia. The news reported all as effigies... but now a chair is a lynching?
Posted by dirge on September 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 12
@11 - Whew, that's a relief. Glad to know all racial associations are null and void.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on September 20, 2012 at 1:13 PM · Report this
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@4 Do I even need to talk about how frequently GWB was hanged in effigy? When we get upset about this, as racism instead of as offensive but protected political speech, we are playing right into the GOP's "double-standard" talking points. http://michellemalkin.com/2008/10/27/can…
Posted by dirge on September 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM · Report this
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@11 Racial associations come second. Obama is the president, who happens to be black. Presidents get hanged in effigy.
Posted by dirge on September 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM · Report this
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Hanging someone in effigy is one thing. Hanging someone who is black in effigy from a tree in a region with a history of lynchings is another. That's a lynching in effigy.

And I'm sure it was Eastwood's performance that convinced this guy to put up a racist display against Obama.
Posted by madcap on September 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 16
@13 - Racism is still protected speech, stupid. Doesn't make it any less offensive.

Of course if someone as level-headed as Terry Jones is doing it, that must make it perfectly normal.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on September 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM · Report this
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An effigy is a likeness - a chair is a dehumanization. This is some fucked-up racist bullshit right here, Strange Fruit 2012.
Posted by gloomy gus on September 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM · Report this
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@16 Actually no, racism is not always protected. Check out the hate crimes laws. People have been successfully prosecuted for creating racist displays that were judged to be intimidating or threatening. If this were just an paper-mache anonymous black man hanged in the man's front yard, that might well be illegal.

Obviously Jones is an asshat, but does the creator of the display matter more than it's content? The media has thus far treated actual effigies of Obama being hung as political speech, not as simulated-lynchings. I'm having a hard time figuring out why the chair is worse.
Posted by dirge on September 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 19
Seriously, though, until someone actually suggests legal sanctions against this asshole, could we all agree that yelling "free speech!" is an irrelevant argument? All I'm doing is saying this guy is a racist asshole; FREE SPEECH!
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on September 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM · Report this
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@19 You're the only one screaming.

I'm trying to say that words matter, that for other politicians this would be called an effigy, and that if this showed up in a Seattle gallery it would be considered a joke.
Posted by dirge on September 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM · Report this
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Shit. I live in NW Austin. This is why my job search is focused entirely on places out-of-state.
Posted by Jen in Madison on September 20, 2012 at 2:01 PM · Report this
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@20
"I'm trying to say that words matter, ..."

Of course they do. Which is why it is important to use to most descriptive word for the situation.

"... that for other politicians this would be called an effigy, ..."

Now you're contradicting yourself.
And in the same sentence, even.
Whether this would be ONLY an "effigy" would depend upon WHO was doing it and the HOW it was being done and the RACE of the politician.

"... and that if this showed up in a Seattle gallery it would be considered a joke."

Hey! How do you fit 24 Jews into a VW bug?
2 in the front seat and 22 in the ashtray!
See? It's a "joke".
But it is still a motherfucking bigoted thing to say.
And the only people who find it funny are other bigots.

Try to focus on the most descriptive and specific terms instead of generalizing, okay?
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on September 20, 2012 at 2:03 PM · Report this
McGee 23
@9 You're full of shit.
Posted by McGee on September 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM · Report this
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You folks know white people were lynched in the South, too, right? Some of you seem to have the crazy notion that only blacks were lynched. And by the way, "dirge" is right - this is hanging in effigy. And yes, GWB was hung in effigy many, many times. Google some Iraq war protest pics when you get a spare minute.
Posted by catsnbanjos on September 20, 2012 at 3:13 PM · Report this
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Looks like the idea is catching on.
Also in Virginia.

http://globalgrind.com/news/texas-republ…
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on September 20, 2012 at 3:14 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 27
dirge, you really are obtuse. No president has *ever* had the vitriol thrown at him, from wide-spread threats to his life, from knee-jerk criticisms over everything he's ever done or said until Obama. The burden of proof is upon the instigator to convince us it's not racially motivated. Until then, it's reasonable to assume that a conservative in Texas is a bigot, and made a symbolically bigoted gesture against Obama.

And to be clear: being a bigot isn't illegal. And we here in America are quite free to call him a douchebag, feel disgusted at his actions & express those feelings. Like all conservative apologists, you equate that criticism as stifling free speech. Go back to worshiping Palin.

Now, acting upon that bigotry by committing crimes *is* a crime. Because it is racially motivated, the victim is not the only target of the crime, but all who are part of that targeted group, the punishment is rightfully harsher.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on September 20, 2012 at 4:05 PM · Report this
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"No president has *ever* had the vitriol thrown at him, from wide-spread threats to his life, from knee-jerk criticisms over everything he's ever done or said until Obama."

Your over the top insistence does not make this any more true, it only evidences how little you know of America's history of political calumny.

"The burden of proof is upon the instigator to convince us it's not racially motivated. Until then, it's reasonable to assume that a conservative in Texas is a bigot, and made a symbolically bigoted gesture against Obama."

Guilty until proven innocent, they call that in other contexts. My, not only are you over the top, but willing to give people a chance to prove they are NOT witches. You are great American!
Posted by Snowguy on September 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM · Report this
Cynic Romantic 29
Would it be ok if the chair was white? (Oh, it is.)
Posted by Cynic Romantic on September 21, 2012 at 1:17 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 30
It's really an anti-Semitic thing. The guy is just warning any would-be Elijah's to stay away from his seder.
Posted by Sir Vic on September 21, 2012 at 6:13 AM · Report this
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But Repugs are not racists!!

Why aren't the Negroes and the Colored folk voting Republican? Just can't put my finger on it. Such a mystery.

So even in 2012, lynching Black folks is alright for Repugs, huh? Wow.
Posted by Patricia Kayden on September 21, 2012 at 6:56 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 32
@29, 30, 31 - Love, love, love.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on September 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 33
If you don't/can't see this as racist, there's something wrong with you.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on September 21, 2012 at 1:02 PM · Report this

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