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Hanging lawn chair across from Grand Haven school sparks claims of racial insensitivity
Mlive.com ^ | September 28, 2012 | John Tunison

Posted on 09/28/2012 4:59:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, MI -- An Ottawa County diversity group is claiming that a Grand Haven area man's political statement -- a lawn chair hanging from a tree -- is racially insensitive and should be taken down.

Leaders of the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance have scheduled a "community conversation" public meeting next Thursday at the Grand Haven Community Center to discuss the issue.


The lawn chair is suspended by a rope from a tree along Comstock Street near Peach Plain Elementary School and, according to the homeowner, is simply a take-off on Clint Eastwood's much-ballyhooed "empty chair rant" speech at the Republican National Convention where Eastwood was pretending to talk to President Barack Obama.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: eastwood; emptychair; racist
When porch swings are outlawed, only criminals will have porch swings

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1 posted on 09/28/2012 4:59:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Better take those racist porch swings down folks. Holder's boys will come callin.

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2 posted on 09/28/2012 5:01:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.
If the only tool you have is a the race card, every sound starts to sound like a dog whistle.
3 posted on 09/28/2012 5:01:13 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
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To: cripplecreek

hahhaha now all empty chairs are suspicious...Clint did such a great job..Bless him.


4 posted on 09/28/2012 5:06:22 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: ClearCase_guy

I think we could probably get even a snarky message across with the chair without invoking lynching. sorry but the image is pretty evocative.


5 posted on 09/28/2012 5:07:16 PM PDT by rudabaga
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To: cripplecreek

Damn. Someone’s feelings were hurt. It has to have been a muslim, a `person of color’ or a liberal.
So let’s have a “community conversation” and everyone can act concerned, engaged and proactive.


6 posted on 09/28/2012 5:08:52 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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Why are blacks all freaked out about nooses anyway? Each and every black person lynched by the KKK was a republican. Nowadays, liberal blacks would do the same thing to black republicans if they could get away with it.


7 posted on 09/28/2012 5:08:57 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: cripplecreek

I guess the rope is what’s racist. And maybe the word “Hang”. Would it be OK to “suspend” the chair with fishing line?


8 posted on 09/28/2012 5:10:15 PM PDT by Reddon
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To: dalebert
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9 posted on 09/28/2012 5:12:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

I’d mount some sort of “performance art” defense.


10 posted on 09/28/2012 5:13:49 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: cripplecreek
mau-mauing the flak catchers.

. . . a community meeting is in order . . . The "community conversation" is Thursday, 7-9 p.m., in the Escanaba Room at the Grand Haven Community Center.

We know who the mau-mauers will be.. who will be the flak catchers? The sheriff? City council? Who?

11 posted on 09/28/2012 5:14:13 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: cripplecreek

Obammy’s supporters must be unsure of their own beliefs if an empty chair makes them mad.


12 posted on 09/28/2012 5:15:17 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: cripplecreek

If you look at the “Sponsored Links” there are advertisements for folding chairs and lawn chairs!

Priceless!


13 posted on 09/28/2012 5:15:58 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (We can’t just leave it (food choice) up to the parents. -- moochele obozo 2/12/2012 (cnsnews))
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To: hadaclueonce

Maybe they just want to “pick their own seats”


14 posted on 09/28/2012 5:16:38 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: hadaclueonce

Who will “chair” the meeting?


15 posted on 09/28/2012 5:18:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Where he has that chair located, it would probably be taken. Maybe he tied it in the tree to make sure it isn’t stolen or grabbed and smashed up?

I haven’t put out a chair because I know it would be hauled to the corner by kids waiting for the school bus. I wouldn’t tie it in my tree because it would look junky.


16 posted on 09/28/2012 5:19:31 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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17 posted on 09/28/2012 5:25:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Some Hollyweird homos lynched Sarah Palin in effigy in the run up to the 2008 election (”it was a Halloween decoration”) and the media shrugged.


18 posted on 09/28/2012 5:30:07 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: cripplecreek
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19 posted on 09/28/2012 5:32:07 PM PDT by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: cripplecreek

We have to start ignoring these stupid people. Our lives cannot be controlled by someone who is upset at our behavior. It then becomes “everyone’s lives are controlled by the whims of others.”


20 posted on 09/28/2012 5:32:39 PM PDT by Ecliptic (.)
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To: Ecliptic

Ignore or ridicule, both are fine.


21 posted on 09/28/2012 5:35:39 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
The First Family:
22 posted on 09/28/2012 5:38:50 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: tumblindice
PeeWee Herman gets a photo op with the vice president.

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23 posted on 09/28/2012 5:44:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: rudabaga
"I think we could probably get even a snarky message across with the chair without invoking lynching. sorry but the image is pretty evocative."

Oh, please, just stop. Evocative of what, exactly? Something that any blacks today experienced themselves? I'm sick to death of tiptoeing around so people don't get their feelings hurt. If it's unpleasant to them, that's really tough, but life can be unpleasant. We've had enough of making federal cases out of sensitive racial feelings.

24 posted on 09/28/2012 5:48:27 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: dsrtsage

They’re not freaked out by nooses. It’s just an effective way to get self-hating whites to jump through hoops.


25 posted on 09/28/2012 5:49:47 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: cripplecreek

I love Harbor Springs. We went to a wedding there. I really liked Traverse City, too. Detroit, not so much..


26 posted on 09/28/2012 5:54:58 PM PDT by cardinal4 (If Baraq Hussein Obama had a son he would look like Rageboy)
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To: cripplecreek
Samuel L. Jackson is escorted to his reserved chair: and Attorney General Holder's reserved chair:
27 posted on 09/28/2012 5:56:10 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: cripplecreek
according to the homeowner, is simply a take-off on Clint Eastwood's much-ballyhooed "empty chair rant"...

Bzzzzzt, wrong answer! The correct answer is that you were preparing to give it a coat of spray paint. Dark helmet was right, good is dumb.
28 posted on 09/28/2012 5:57:36 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: cripplecreek
And another thing:

Whenever you have a campfire, be sure no two logs form a ninety degree angle, lest you be accused of a hate crime.

29 posted on 09/28/2012 6:01:59 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: cripplecreek

I have a two word response for the leaders of the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance; “B__e Me”


30 posted on 09/28/2012 6:02:08 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey Low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: CatherineofAragon
You should read 'The Language of the 3rd Reich'. Its about how the nazis used speech to manipulate the German people.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Language-Third-Reich-Imprerii/dp/0826457770

Under the Third Reich, the official language of Nazism came to be used as a political tool. The existing social culture was manipulated and subverted as the German people had their ethical values and their thoughts about politics, history and daily life recast in a new language. This notebook, originally called LTI (Lingua Tertii Imperii) - the abbreviation itself a parody of Nazified language - was written out of Klemperer's conviction that the language of the Third Reich helped to create its culture. As Klemperer writes: "it isn't only Nazi actions that have to vanish, but also the Nazi cast of mind, the typical Nazi way of thinking, and its breeding ground: the language of Nazism".

The left in this country has had an alarming degree of success at doing exactly the same.
31 posted on 09/28/2012 6:03:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

A new standard has been set.

All of the talk shows at night, are highly insensitive and racist, because, they all start with an empty chair next to the host. NBC and CBS and ABC are nothing but a bunch of racists. ;)


32 posted on 09/28/2012 6:09:35 PM PDT by adorno
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To: cripplecreek

33 posted on 09/28/2012 6:30:00 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: cripplecreek

This might indeed be a serious case of racial insensitivity, so I’m reserving judgement until I have all of the facts...

What color is the chair?

:-p

O2


34 posted on 09/28/2012 6:31:42 PM PDT by omegatoo (You know you'll get your money's worth...become a monthly donor!)
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To: cripplecreek

You’re right, they have had enormous success, and it frustrates me to no end that some of our own have made it so much easier because they’re afraid of being called intolerant, racist, etc.

Thanks for the book recommendation, BTW.


35 posted on 09/28/2012 6:45:22 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: CatherineofAragon

Remember when the word “Militia” conjured up visions of patriotism and honor?


36 posted on 09/28/2012 6:49:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
Stabbed PB&J Investigated by FBI as Possible Hate Crime
37 posted on 09/28/2012 7:12:11 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: rudabaga

its a LAWN CHAIR


38 posted on 09/28/2012 7:14:20 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: muir_redwoods

LEDA?

That town has about 14,000 people, why do they need LEDA?


39 posted on 09/28/2012 7:18:48 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: cripplecreek

If the chair is just sitting on the lawn then it’s simply a lawn chair. Hanging it from the tree makes the point that it’s a political statement.


40 posted on 09/28/2012 7:24:16 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: CatherineofAragon
They’re not freaked out by nooses. It’s just an effective way to get self-hating whites to jump through hoops.

I have no idea if this is or ever was true or not, but when we were kids we were told by our parents that it was against the law to tie a rope into a noose. So of course we all learned how to tie a noose. But we never left one laying around, because we really did believe it was illegal. I hadn't thought about this for the last 40 years until now!

41 posted on 09/28/2012 7:49:33 PM PDT by Reddon
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To: cripplecreek
"Remember when the word “Militia” conjured up visions of patriotism and honor?"

Oh, who cares, the word's been redefined; let's go with it. /s

42 posted on 09/28/2012 8:33:58 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: Reddon

According to Snopes, it isn’t illegal, although some folks on their forum say their parents taught them the same thing as yours, LOL.


43 posted on 09/28/2012 8:37:54 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: cripplecreek

There are about a half dozen empty chairs around Ottawa county that i have seen.


44 posted on 09/29/2012 12:37:17 AM PDT by exnavy (The time is upon us, fish or cut bait, may God guide your heart.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail. If the only tool you have is a the race card, every sound starts to sound like a dog whistle.

Yep - my mind kept going to places that make the connection - shoes, empty suits, chairs, cars, sneakers, eyeglasses - anything a Black may use or come in contact with will become racist as and when they decide it's convenient for it to be racist.

45 posted on 09/29/2012 3:20:39 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: cripplecreek
Did someone yell " CRAYFISHISM " ? .... naaaaa I don't believe in Evolution... hint hint, wink, wink, when they yell " Racism " ..... yell back " did you say " Crayfishism ? I don't believe in Evolution " ....

Racist ? sounds like Crayfish..... SPIN SPIN SPIN,, it goes both ways.... need to make it when they yell " Racism " to be more irreverent.... because they over used the race card..
46 posted on 09/30/2012 8:44:33 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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