Friday, September 25, 2009

The Next Phony Noose Story?

I stumbled across this story of a human rights activist who found a noose attached to the front porch of her home and something about the story just didn't pass the smell test. In re-reading the story as presented by the AP and reported on the local television station I realized what it was. Look at these two passages and see if something doesn't set off bells in your head.

That incident prompted her to move to Spokane, along with the fact that her 7-year-old son wanted to be in a more multicultural school.
And then this part:
In the meantime, she said she's trying to keep things normal for her son, who thought the noose was a dog toy. She didn't explain any further
Now this is either a very smart 7-year-old kid who knows what a multicultural school is but can't tell the difference between a dog toy and a hangman's noose or mommy isn't exactly being truthful.

I love the parts about how she says she has lived in Mississippi so she knows all about nooses, which is immediately passed along with no challenge. It is the bigotry of the media and stereotyping of people in the media and in liberal la-la land which allows stuff like this to be said and go unchallenged.

We can no longer let it be allowed to pass as fact whenever statements such as hers are made and by merely invoking a southern state, that lends credence and validation to anything that makes their case, further promoting their misguided and totally fictitious impressions of people living in the south.

The events she described may have indeed occurred, but what has me steamed is the fact that she had to throw out stereotypes of people in the south and the news felt it was good enough to include in the story.

The other thing that got me is that she has had more run-ins with racists in the Great Pacific Northwest then I have had in decades of living in the south. Maybe all the racists live up there and not down here.

Rachel is also an artist.
Rachel Dolezal is the Director of Education & Curator of the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. She is an award-winning Mixed Media Artist with exhibitions in 13 states, internationally, and at the United Nations Headquarters. Dolezal completed her Master of Fine Arts at Howard University, and she is currently a college art instructor and exhibiting artist.
Y'all ought to come to the south sometime; shooooot, we gots runnin' water and 'lectricity and indoor plummin' and everything.

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