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Bush calls modern-day noose displays 'deeply offensive'
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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.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: africanamericans; blackhistory; bush; noose; race
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1 posted on 02/12/2008 1:22:04 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: Sir Gawain

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.”


2 posted on 02/12/2008 1:24:10 PM PST by cripplecreek (Just call me M.O.M. (Maverick opposed to McCain.))
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To: All

I feel so much better /sarc


3 posted on 02/12/2008 1:27:19 PM PST by Brian S. Fitzgerald ("We're going to drag that ship over the mountain.")
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To: Sir Gawain

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.


4 posted on 02/12/2008 1:27:29 PM PST by Williams
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To: Sir Gawain

How long before “Remember the Alamo” becomes offensive?


5 posted on 02/12/2008 1:28:18 PM PST by rocksblues (Tagline on hold)
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To: Sir Gawain

Many of these noose episodes seem to have been staged by leftist academics.


6 posted on 02/12/2008 1:28:21 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: cripplecreek
I was unaware that displays of nooses were that prevalent these days.
I guess it must be me.
7 posted on 02/12/2008 1:28:43 PM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: Sir Gawain

My sister was bitten by a noose.


8 posted on 02/12/2008 1:29:30 PM PST by yobid (Tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax RETREAT- Vote Democrat)
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To: Sir Gawain
PhotobucketAw Jeeze Not That Sh!t Again
9 posted on 02/12/2008 1:29:54 PM PST by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Sir Gawain

I glad he could take time out of his busy day of selling American soverignty to take a stand on this burning issue.


10 posted on 02/12/2008 1:30:05 PM PST by AngryJawa ({IDPA, NRA} All Hail John Moses Browning)
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To: truthkeeper

Well, it was on the “noose”/


11 posted on 02/12/2008 1:30:45 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Sir Gawain
Otis Williams, the leader of the Temptations.

"Otis loves us!

L

12 posted on 02/12/2008 1:32:49 PM PST by Lurker (Pimping my blog: http://lurkerslair-lurker.blogspot.com/)
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To: Sir Gawain

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.


13 posted on 02/12/2008 1:33:50 PM PST by absolootezer0 (white male christian hetero married gun toting SUV driving motorcycle riding conservative smoker)
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To: Sir Gawain

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.


14 posted on 02/12/2008 1:37:22 PM PST by ought-six
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To: Sir Gawain

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.


15 posted on 02/12/2008 1:38:10 PM PST by MBB1984
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To: rocksblues

“How long before ‘Remember the Alamo’ becomes offensive?”

It very well may be illegal in some blue states.


16 posted on 02/12/2008 1:38:35 PM PST by ought-six
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To: Sir Gawain
--what's a lot more offensive to me is the general situation that about 12% of the population commits roughly 60% of all crime, that the "black community" murders more of its own members every few months than were lynched 1865 to the present---and only a few voices are pointing this out---

--the "black community" needs to look in the mirror--

17 posted on 02/12/2008 1:38:57 PM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: Sir Gawain
Bush says the noose is a symbol of "gross injustice," and that Americans should agree that displaying a noose is "deeply offensive."

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.

19 posted on 02/12/2008 1:39:49 PM PST by B Knotts (Newt^H^H^H^HTancredo^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HFred^H^H^H^HRomney^H^H^H^H^H^HRon Paul '08)
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To: Sir Gawain
Always meant to find out if it was actually true or not, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it were: making a ‘hangman’s knot’ out of rope in the state of California is a crime.
20 posted on 02/12/2008 1:40:55 PM PST by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
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