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.
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