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Hanging chair Obama reference stirs controversy
KGW ^ | October 4, 2012 | Tim Gordon

Posted on 10/04/2012 6:35:35 PM PDT by hiho hiho

CAMAS, Wash. – A chair hanging from a tree as a political statement against President Barack Obama is stirring controversy near Camas.

George and Kathy Maxwell say the chair represents Obama, much like the empty chair Clint Eastwood spoke to at the Republican National Convention. But they say the reason it is hanging from their tree is because someone stole the first one they had on the ground.

“We figured we’d hang it up so everyone can see it; there is no offense intended -- well other than hoping people vote against Obama of course,” said Kathy Maxwell.

After Eastwood’s RNC chair conversation, conservatives took pictures of empty chairs and posted them online. A few of those chairs were pictured hanging by rope from trees, causing outrage at what was dubbed “chair lynchings” in Texas and Virginia.

Now the same sight in Camas has some people very concerned about a connection to racism, and violence that came with it in the past.

“It’s really painful for people who have a knowledge or connection to that history: some people have family connections to it and some people have seen the pictures,” said Sirius Bonner, a special advisor on diversity at Clark College.

The Maxwell’s say they never intended to portray a lynching, but now that they know it appears that way to others, they still have no intention of removing the chair hanging from their tree.

"That’s really unfortunate but that’s really a bunch of hooey, that’s really my belief," said Maxwell.

Bonner is disappointed by the Maxwell’s decision to leave the chair hanging, but hopes it sparks a serious discussion.

“When you’re made aware of how people respond to it, when you’re made aware of some of the history, what do you do at that point? I think it’s unfortunate that they’ve decided to leave it up, and what I think it does is create an opportunity to have further dialogue and conversation,” said Bonner.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Washington
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1 posted on 10/04/2012 6:35:43 PM PDT by hiho hiho
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To: hiho hiho
I think if you want to hang an empty chair from a tree you can but you gotta know that you will get many opinions on it and of coarse you will be called racist I think if it was me I would just set the empty chair on my lawn and just put a name tag on it that says Obama.
2 posted on 10/04/2012 6:40:13 PM PDT by funfan
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To: hiho hiho

I wrote a parody about the lynching of a PB&J sandwich being a hate crime. It’s on my blog, see tagline


3 posted on 10/04/2012 6:44:08 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: hiho hiho

Channon Gail Christian, 21, and Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr., 23,


4 posted on 10/04/2012 6:49:17 PM PDT by the_daug
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To: hiho hiho

There’s a floating empty chair on the front page of Facebook, LOL.


5 posted on 10/04/2012 6:52:02 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: hiho hiho
"The Maxwell’s [sic] say they never intended to portray a lynching, but now that they know it appears that way to others, they still have no intention of removing the chair hanging from their tree."

Good for them.

6 posted on 10/04/2012 6:52:40 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: hiho hiho

What’s the big deal, Facebook is doing it now:

http://www.facebook.com/


7 posted on 10/04/2012 6:53:53 PM PDT by timlilje
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To: hiho hiho
I am offended by the people who are offended.
8 posted on 10/04/2012 6:54:14 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: hiho hiho
Now the same sight in Camas has some people very concerned about a connection to racism, and violence that came with it in the past.

Let's take a good look at black on white crime before we start talking about connections.

Sure whites (and blacks) did some things in the past that were PART OF THE TIMES in which they lived, but that was the past.

Blacks have no cause today for their violence and outrage. Not one of them have felt the whip or worked hard picking cotton all day "for the man", yet they claim this as their excuse to bite the hands that feed them?

9 posted on 10/04/2012 6:58:27 PM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: timlilje

10 posted on 10/04/2012 7:00:37 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: hiho hiho
Story from Michigan.

Hanging lawn chair across from Grand Haven school sparks claims of racial insensitivity
11 posted on 10/04/2012 7:08:25 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: funfan

First, it’s ‘of course,’ not ‘of coarse.’ Secondly, it’s free speech on one’s own property. Do as you will.


12 posted on 10/04/2012 7:12:12 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Our liberties, we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
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To: South40
And now a word from the president on the future of NASA.

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13 posted on 10/04/2012 7:13:30 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: hiho hiho

Rasist term is getting worn out.
Its being throw around daily for things that aint even close.
The bros are soon to find out no one will give a rats ass when you scream RASIST cause you abused the crap out of the term rendering it meaningless.


14 posted on 10/04/2012 7:14:01 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: hiho hiho

It’s not a black or even malato chair.


15 posted on 10/04/2012 7:17:40 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Every conservative knew the attacks were coming... 3.5 years ago when Obama was elected.)
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To: hiho hiho

OK, so are all those tire swings people have hanging from trees in their yard controversial and racist, too?


16 posted on 10/04/2012 7:17:40 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: t1b8zs

As I said in an earlier thread.

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.


17 posted on 10/04/2012 7:18:19 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: La Lydia

Da porch swing has gotta go!!!!!


18 posted on 10/04/2012 7:19:16 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: ArmyTeach

Sorry about the grammar. I understand they can do it and our within their rights to do so and I did not mean to sound judgmental.


19 posted on 10/04/2012 7:20:02 PM PDT by funfan
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To: hiho hiho

” that’s really a bunch of hooey,” said Maxwell.

You tell `em Max.


20 posted on 10/04/2012 7:20:10 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: hiho hiho

So I guess pulling up to the polls dragging a lawn chair behind your pickup is considered racist?....must think of another approach.


21 posted on 10/04/2012 7:29:56 PM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: hiho hiho

“For weeks the life-size mannequin of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin that hung from a noose around its neck in front of Morrisette’s West Hollywood home caused little controversy.”

Nothing until this went national and still no one in the MSM batted an eyelash about it like they are the stupid chairs.


22 posted on 10/04/2012 7:37:36 PM PDT by peggybac (Hope and Change has become Divide and Conquer)
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To: hiho hiho
“It’s really painful for people who have a knowledge or connection to that history: some people have family connections to it and some people have seen the pictures,” said Sirius Bonner, a special advisor on diversity at Clark College.

Right. Knowledge of history or historical pictures can make someone quite histrionic.

BAN HISTORY!!

23 posted on 10/04/2012 7:45:57 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: VeniVidiVici

I saw some people masticating in a public restaurant today, and this must be painful for them or for those around them.
I’m thinking we should just ban chairs completely.
Most people masticating in public would be less inclined to do so, one would think, if they had to do it standing up.


24 posted on 10/04/2012 8:38:04 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: tumblindice

It’s time to put this politically correct B/S to rest. Unless someone has eliminated the first amendment from our constitution, I rest my case.

No matter what you say or do, SOMEONE will object to it for a variety of reasons, some having no connection to anything. They just want to complain.


25 posted on 10/05/2012 4:49:29 AM PDT by DaveA37
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