Skip to comments.Bush calls modern-day noose displays 'deeply offensive'
Posted on 02/12/2008 1:22:02 PM PST by Sir Gawain
Bush calls modern-day noose displays 'deeply offensive' February 12, 2008 16:00 EST
WHITE HOUSE (AP) -- President Bush says recent displays of nooses are disturbing, and show that some Americans are losing sight of suffering that African Americans have endured throughout history.
Marking African American history month at the White House, Bush says the era of lynching is "a shameful chapter in American history." He says displaying a noose "is not a harmless prank," and that the word "lynching" shouldn't be mentioned in jest.
Bush says the noose is a symbol of "gross injustice," and that Americans should agree that displaying a noose is "deeply offensive."
Among several people honored at the White House event are Congressman John Lewis, a leader of the civil rights movement, and William Coleman, the first black American to be a clerk in the Supreme Court. Coleman was also the African American to hold a Cabinet post in a Republican administration, serving as President Ford's transportation secretary.
Bush is also recognizing Earnest Green, one of the nine students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Otis Williams, the leader of the Temptations.
Just once I would like to hear a president say “People do stupid crap and more stupid people get wound up over it. Grow the hell up.”
I feel so much better /sarc
Bush couldn’t say anything else, but who could possibly lose sight of the suffering of Black Americans, it seems every law, school book and class, tv program, newspaper story is dedicated to that every day.
How long before “Remember the Alamo” becomes offensive?
Many of these noose episodes seem to have been staged by leftist academics.
My sister was bitten by a noose.
I glad he could take time out of his busy day of selling American soverignty to take a stand on this burning issue.
Well, it was on the “noose”/
"Otis loves us!
that’s right folks, empty nooses are “deeply offensive.” as are wearing or other wise displaying the confederate battle flag, and displaying the ten commandments.
but putting a crucifix in a bucket of urine, or defecating or burning the US flag are forms of free expression.
Far, far more whites were lynched out West than blacks were lynched in the South. Jamokes suspected of horse stealing, cattle rustling, and other such activities were routinely lynched on the spot. But, they were for the most part white, so there is no outrage.
What a bunch of PC crock. More whites were lynched in the south than blacks. Bush can take his “deeply offensive” whining and weeping elsewhere.
“How long before ‘Remember the Alamo’ becomes offensive?”
It very well may be illegal in some blue states.
--the "black community" needs to look in the mirror--
That's an odd thing to say. I would guess that for most people, the first thing that pops into their head upon seeing a noose is not lynching.
It's more the context that would suggest that.
I would agree that nooses should not be used to intimidate people, but on the other hand, I would oppose criminalizing the mere display of nooses. That would seem to me to be in the same category as flag-burning. And then we would get into a situation where perfectly innocent displays of nooses (like Halloween or historical displays) would result in criminal charges.
So, how about the noose that hung Saddam? Or noose’s that hung rustlers in the old west?
PC is destroying this civilization.
Why is Bush bothering with this? What’s wrong with him? What about the phony noose hangings and fake racist graffiti, as with those two teachers? How about Jena? Shrub has nothing to say about that.
Exactly...knives, swords, guns, whips...any symbol can be offensive to someone!
How long will it be until old western movies are required to cut-out the lynching scenes? This crap has GOT to end! I've never lynched anybody and none of these whining, sniveling, race-baiting hustlers have ever been hanged. Can we just move on for pete's sake?
Bush did have a choice of what to say and it didn't have to be this! Don't feed the whiners!
Shut up Bush, you effing lame lame duck!
Bush didn't appear to mention the Jews and Catholics who also suffered from the religious hatred in those days..
As soon as Mexico complete its reconquista with the aid of leaders like Bush, McCain, Pelosi and Reid, the history books will be rewritten to show that the Alamo was the site of a glorious Mexican victory.
Seeing as our choices have come down to Hillobamaery or Juan McQueeg, I think our misery will be measured not in months, but years.
Yankee: Why did you hang a noose on that man’s office door?
Neo-Nazi: Because the burning cross would not fit in the hallway.
Whether it’s Jesse Jackson or Bill Donahue of the Catholic League, some people are P.O.’ed (Perpetually Offended)
On the other hand, we often see (like on this thread for example)
“If I find ‘it’ offensive it is an outrage.”
“It doesn’t offend me, then the overly sensitive need to ‘get over it.”
Folks, could we possibly be more self centered?
The first thing which pops into my head are Western movies.
The second thing that pops into my head is Saddam
The third thing that pops into my head is a Star Trek episode, for which I have no picture.
The fourth thing that pops into my head is lynchings of Southern blacks.
Only 17 day’s til White History Month.....
A clever entendre in a thread about nooses. :)
Man, it’s snowing like a *bitch* here!
I am deeply sorry for that deeply offensive slur against the junior senator from New York and many other Democratic harridans. Here are my testicles, in a peach basket.
Good Lord...you are missing the point. Do you really think it's helpful for the President of our country to be dwelling on such a thing in the year of our Lord 2008??
Maybe you actually think it will help people "get over it"; others, however, can disagree.
Free speech, ain't it grand?
I find 25 million illegal aliens and counting deeply offensive...While Bush stands down at the border waving them through.
Of course, none of that matters...Because nooses are the real big issue of today...
Bathist’s are deeply offended!!!
Poor saddam. : (
Uh...maybe these nooses were intended for someone else, like a symbolic gesture to current politicians of all stripes or something.
Bush says the noose is a symbol of “gross injustice,” and that Americans should agree that displaying a noose is “deeply offensive....
And selling out America on amnesty for illegals is deeply offensive also.
I don’t know... Are blacks typically cognizant of the noose as a symbol of lynching? Or is it something they only get worked up about after they’re told that it is a symbol of lynching? Because a noose isn’t exactly picky about the race of those who are hanged.
Just saying, that is the whole “noose” issue fabricated by way of activists informing blacks that the noose is a symbol of racism, when in fact it is a very old, very ancient form of execution, suicide, and that as a symbol of persecution, it doesn’t have much of a history as such.
Bush cannot buy a clue...but at least he hasn’t signed anymore anti-constitutional bills lately....what a wimp W has become!
If these nooses were meant to intimidate black folks, the POTUS was well within his role as President to decry it. The fact that he has been negligent in the area of immigration is irrelevant.
As we say in New York, “I’m wich yew!”
I don’t think you meant to reply to me, I didn’t mention immigration. Of course no one should be able to burn a cross on someone’s lawn.
Otis Day and the Knights, if you please!
Yeah, and the Frito Bandito and the Taco Bell Chihuahua is offensive to mexicans, Indian mascots are offensive to indians, tar and feathers are offensive to whites, the Guillotine is offensive to frogs, Germans are offensive to Jews, cartoons are offensive to mooslimbs. Who gives a rip.