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Why a Noose Isn't a Prank

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: racism, Jena Six, usa, lynching )

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None of it was a prank. Elizabeth Eckford as every African American, many Mexican Americans and other minorities can tell you is that a noose is the supreme definition of the words "terroristic threat."


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Margaret Trainor (61)
Saturday October 27, 2007, 10:48 am
Very good article .....there is no excuse for the actions of anyone trying to intimidate others ....
And especially in America a noose sends a very clear statement...Especially when placed on a tree so called designated for whites only to sit under..... Here in Canada a noose would be chalked up to a halloween decoration.....

Barbara P (1069)
Saturday October 27, 2007, 1:48 pm
Excellent article Thank you Mark for sharing...

Some people (even on Care2) seem to think it's nothing to be terroristcally threatened or to have a hate crime commited against you on a daily basis, yet think when the person who commits these horrible acts gets their butt kicked that it is a viable reason to charge the original victims with attemped murder. Terroristic threatening is a violent act and hate crimes fall under the same catagory, When one promotes and incites violence and then gets what they ask for... they shouldn't cry about it! IMO

Racial prejudice has no place in this society, and until we as adults realize that... how are the children suppose to grasp it? All of the young men involved in the Jena 6 case were victims of a bias society. The white youth learned their ignorance and hate was acceptable from family and from the system itself, the black youth learned the system would not protect them nor their rights so they took it upon themselves to do so!


Jaclin S (230)
Saturday October 27, 2007, 7:17 pm
Thanx Mark Great Article. Ideally Racial Prejudice would have no place anywhere on this planet. Dreams are free aren't they. We are what we are - and its time for the racists to GET OVER IT !!!! Move into the PRESENT MOMENT - LEAVE THE PAST BEHND WHERE IT IS BETTER LEFT AND FORGOTTEN!!!!

Pamela R (159)
Saturday October 27, 2007, 7:51 pm
Racism and hate are simply put ~ ugly. They are also a result of ignorance.

Many strides have been made but we have a long way to go.

Marty H (119)
Sunday October 28, 2007, 4:31 am
I have been following and supporting the Jean 6 for quite some time. Nooses are no joke! Thanks again Mark!

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 28, 2007, 4:59 am
Unless we get rid of the problem with racism in the home and the parents teach their children that predjudice is wrong, it will be a never ending circle of hate and violence. Of course the nooses were wrong. Every state needs a HATE CRIMES BILL. Many of them are too stupid to know that.

Joycey B (750)
Sunday October 28, 2007, 6:28 am
Very informative story. Noted. Thanks Mark.

Mari 's (1356)
Sunday October 28, 2007, 9:07 am
Free The Jena 6 Petition

Oct 2007....

Driving down East Street in Chicopee it's hard not to notice a witch hanging from a noose. To many, it's an innocent Halloween decoration, but for Kelly Lynch it's offensive.


Vanessa H (66)
Sunday October 28, 2007, 9:33 am
Freedom of speech was never intended to allow threats of violence or killing! Yelling "I've got a bomb!" in a crowded theatre certainly wouldn't be considered a prank.

Bradley Harris (155)
Sunday October 28, 2007, 11:46 am
A noose is a symbol of of learned hatered. It is not a prank in any means.
Peace and Grace

Esther S (45)
Sunday October 28, 2007, 2:32 pm
Once again, I will state that the white young man who was beaten up was not one of the people who put up the noose. The Jena 6 used that as an excuse. I read that the incident concerning the noose took place about a year before the attack and that even black students played with the noose jokingly before it was taken down.
I am opposed to racism regardless of who is guilty of it and all young people black, white, etc. should be taught not to even do these things as a prank, but blacks should not be given a pass to attack any white person because of what some other whites have done. That is as much prejudice as when whites attack any black because some black person did something bad.

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 28, 2007, 2:50 pm
Were you there, Esther? How do you know that person didn't hang the noose? Maybe you know for certain because YOU were the one who hung the noose? Or the person who wrote the lies you read? Black students don't play with nooses, that's totally a white racist thing. It isn't a joke to blacks, only to racists. You can find postcards of racists grinning away merrily at actual lynchings -- they thought it was so funny that they took pictures to send their friends. The only ones "given a pass" here were the whites, and you're trying to give them another by repeating some ridiculous lies.

The racist Minute Men say that they're opposed to racism also. Everybody says they're opposed to racism, so you can't go by what people say. You have to judge by how ignorant and insensitive they are.

Esther S (45)
Monday October 29, 2007, 3:20 am
Mark, I read the news reports that stated that they knew who the white students who hung the noose were and it was not the white student who they beat up about a year later.
I live in a condominium that consists of townhouses that are connected to each other. My neighborhood is naturally integrated. Both my neighbor to my right and my neighbor to my left are black and they are both very nice. The neighbor to my right is one of my favorite neighbors. She has had her nephew as a foster child since he was about 2 years old. He is now fourteen. She works full time and I sometimes watched her nephew (at no cost) for her if she needed me. He is a very nice kid. Don't automatically assume every white person is a racist. That is the problem. I will also repeat something that I stated before - Many years ago when I lived in N.Y.C. I recall there was a white girl who was a foster child who lived a couple of houses away from me. In the Junior High School she attended, (which was overcrowded and majority black) she was forced to carry the books of some black students from class to class. If she didn't do that, they threatened to beat her up. It seems that they were getting even with whitey because of what they heard in the media. My daughter was pushed down the steps by black students for the same reason. I knew that all blacks didn't do such things because the school that I attended when I went to Junior High School was naturally integrated and I knew that some blacks were bad and some were good (just as some whites are bad and some are good).
I also want to add that I had written an editorial in my children's elementary school's PTA newsletter praising Martin Luther King on the anniversary of his birthday after he was murdered but before it became a national holiday. You should follow what he said - you should judge a person by the content of his character and not by the color of his skin

Joey Nice (2)
Monday October 29, 2007, 11:25 am
Does this columnist exaggerate much or what? When is a prank involving a device that can be used to execute people, and which is displayed with the intention to threaten the execution of others a good thing? He chooses to write about a noose knot in a piece of rope and call it a terrorist act. Sounds like I'm listening to George W. Bush who thinks he can just call anything he doesn't like a terrorist act.

What about pranks involving guns, knives, cyanide, cars...? I have to be careful everyday when I walk across the street so I don't get run over as people driving around in 2 ton automobiles refuse to slow down and show basic consideration for pedestrians. Pedestrians who have to labor by walking and brave the elements of nature while the driver of an automobile sits in an temp-controlled cab in a cushioned, reclining bucket seat and just has to move one foot from one control pedal to another. I have been hit by a car that was traveling at about 50 mph while I was walking as a pedestrian and I as well as hundreds of millions of other potential pedestrians are continually put at risk everyday by mean, negative, neglectful, careless drivers.

According to this columnistís line of thinking we should, more direly, be calling pranks with cars a terrorist act? I can imagine that this situation is more of an imminent and ongoing act of terror perpetrated on the people at large than a piece of rope fashioned into a noose knot. I can imagine more people have been killed with cars in America than have been killed with a noose knot. But then again itís a lot harder for opportunists to racially divide a people with a car as their terrorist (a device everyone in America relies on for transportation). A 2,000 pound vehicle careening at a crowd can potentially kill and wound a lot of people. A piece of rope fashioned into a noose knot and thrown at the same crowd will likely kill no one.

Why not stop calling inanimate objects terrorists and start focusing on the root of the problem: human behavioral traits that spawn negative, dangerous and neglectful treatment towards others that spans across people of all races and skin colors using many different kinds of inanimate objects as weapons and execution devices.

Esther S (45)
Monday October 29, 2007, 1:32 pm
I agree Joey. The white students who did this did not live during the time of the lynchings. They thought that what they were doing was funny. They never acted upon it. Of course what they did was NOT funny and they should be taught that it is wrong. When I was a child, we had a saying - "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me." In other words if someone calls you a name, just call him a name. The noose thing was similar because a year had passed and no one tried to lynch anybody. Don't encourage violence.

Mari 's (1356)
Saturday November 3, 2007, 6:44 am
Petition Halloween Decoration or Hate Crime?

Driving down East Street in Chicopee it's hard not to notice a witch hanging from a noose. To many, it's an innocent Halloween decoration, but for Kelly Lynch it's offensive.

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