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I've said before that I live in New Hampshire, one of the whitest states in the union. We don't have much personal racial awareness up here; mostly we get our ideas of the "national debate" on the matter from TV and the like. But one aspect of the whole thing just sneaked right up on me seemingly out of nowhere.

Just when the hell did the noose become THE symbol of the oppression of blacks?

It has to be a fairly recent development. I always had unpleasant associations with nooses, but nothing particular to any one race. To me, it was associated with horse thieves and other Old West outlaws. Or "Star Trek" and "The Squire Of Gothos." when a shadow of a noose falls across Kirk. Yes, it had been used in racial lynchings as well, but it was hardly invented for that.

A few months ago I was making a humorous poster for work. It was a reminder for people to do a certain procedure that takes a smidgen more effort, but saves the company a nice chunk of change. I typed "Do this... or else" in a scary font, and had a picture of a guillotine in the background. I'd briefly considered a noose, but thought beheading a bit more darkly funny and exaggerated than hanging.

For me, when I was growing up, chains were the bigger symbol of racial oppression. In the comics, Luke Cage (Power Man) wore a belt made of big chains as an "in-your-face" gesture. And I still remember a "Truly Tasteless Joke" about the body of a black man wrapped in chains being recovered from a lake. (No, I didn't find it funny; it stuck in my memory because it was so tasteless and vile. The punch line involved a police officer pronouncing "ain't that just like a (racial slur) --stealing more chains than he could swim with.")

But now all of a sudden it's the noose that is the new n-word, the new "in thing" to properly intimidate blacks, the new symbol of racists and bigots. And I find myself wondering just how this happened.

Can anyone help me out here? What did I miss? And can someone warn me what the next taboo symbol or object or word will be?


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And speaking of.......... (Below threshold)
iurockhead:

And speaking of.......

What ever became of the noose-on-the-door incident at Columbia? Last report was that the survelliance tapes were reluctantly turned over to the police by Columbia. Is NYPD so busy that they haven't had time to review them? Or was the content of the tapes rather, well, embarrassing for Columbia? An inside job, perhaps?

To the British, the noose i... (Below threshold)
Monty:

To the British, the noose is the symbol of the bygone days of capital punishment. The condemned were taken from the assizes to the gibbet, there to be hanged from the neck until dead.
Almost all were white. In fact I do not know of any coloured victims of the British capital sentence.

I feel like I missed someth... (Below threshold)

I feel like I missed something as well. I asked my hubby, who's a mental health therapist, if he'd heard of the noose being the newest symbol of black oppression. (He's heard every other crack headed nutjob theory out there from his clients why not this one too?) And he thought I was joking. Just more politically correct mumble jumble being forced down our throats.

I have no idea what's next because I never saw this one coming.

It seems to me that w/n the... (Below threshold)
JFO:

It seems to me that w/n the noose is a rascist symbol depends upon the context with which it is used. It certainly could be but, on the other hand, I don't think that it is per se.

Isn't hanging still the met... (Below threshold)
LJD:

Isn't hanging still the method of choice for executions in NH? I would wager that the last one carried out had nothing to do with opression of a race.

The "symbol of opression" is whatever the squeaky wheels say it is. Another characteristic of New Hampshire-ites and their lack of "racial awareness" seems to be a consistent willingness to give in to such pressures.


Given it's history, no noos... (Below threshold)

Given it's history, no noose is good noose.

Can I be racially offended ... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Can I be racially offended by a noose since I had a relative that was lynched (extra-judicial execution if you prefer) in the Old West for being a horse-thief? A freind had an ancestor hung for being a pirate, would it be okay for him to be offended too? We are both WASP, so probably don't count...

Reminds me of the saying that some people would complain if hung with a new rope!

Jay, you took a chance on a... (Below threshold)

Jay, you took a chance on alienating every French person out there with your guillotine depiction.

Oh wait....

It's simply that the usual ... (Below threshold)
hermie:

It's simply that the usual 'victims' need another 'outrage' in order to get MSM coverage, etc.

I'd bet that if you showed these professional race-baiters a picture of a double cheeseburger, they'd associate it with racism. ('An African-American man has more cases of heart disease. The display of a double cheeseburger is a reminder of this disparity!')

Oyster - You can't alienate... (Below threshold)

Oyster - You can't alienate the French - everybdoy hates them already, including other French people (witness the latest round of riots).

(the above was a joke. Tounge in cheek, but joke nevertheless.)

Simple - The lames... (Below threshold)
apb:

Simple -

The lamestream "deciders" have spoken. Strange, though - blacks haven't yet figured out their true oppression comes from being used by dhimmicrats...

Can anyone help me... (Below threshold)
Can anyone help me out here? What did I miss? And can someone warn me what the next taboo symbol or object or word will be?
a pubic hair on a Coke can.
The noose, in the context o... (Below threshold)
mantis:

The noose, in the context of a gallows, always reminds me of the Salem witch trials (which made recent outrage over nooses at Halloween being racist all the more absurd). A noose on a tree brings up images of lynching and old west justice. A noose on a doorknob? Could be anything, or nothing.

A burning cross and/or white hood have always been much more prevalent symbols of racial oppression in the US than a generic noose, it seems to me.

I was watching TV over the ... (Below threshold)
engineer:

I was watching TV over the holiday and they had a special on about dwarves. A dwarf said that they prefer to be called dwarves or little people. To them the 'M' word was like the 'N' word to black people. No joke.

I guess MG can be back sued for all those little sports cars that they produced....

True, some blacks were lync... (Below threshold)
Diane:

True, some blacks were lynched in the South, and the fear of such happenings helped oppress an entire race.

Yet, we know hangings occurred in great numbers in the wild West, as a form of corporate punishment in the USA, and currently still exists in other countries (think Saddam Hussein).

Today's uninformed politically correct society will teach our young people, that blacks were/are the only persons to ever be hanged--much in the same way, most of the US population has "learned" that the Rebel flag symbolizes slavery, the "only" cause of the Civil War.

The next buzz word will be ... (Below threshold)
KB:

The next buzz word will be hand cuffs. They can possibly remind one of shackles. Now that's when the real fun will begin.

I suspect that the incidenc... (Below threshold)
the brain:

I suspect that the incidence rate of crossburnings and white sheets was so low that a new "symbol" needed to be invented, lest the oppressed wonder where all their oppressors have gone to. Just pick a random symbol with negative connotations and go with it. Bonus points if it can prove "subconcious" racism.

You obviously missed the jo... (Below threshold)
marc:

You obviously missed the joint Sharpton/NAACP/J. Jackson memo.

Some black people were hang... (Below threshold)
Scott:

Some black people were hanged: the noose is now forbidden.

Some black people were whipped: the whip is now forbidden.

Some black people were enchained: the chain is now forbidden.

Some black people were forced to wear slave collars: the collar is now forbidden.

I'm sorry, but I've really had quite enough. No ethnic group in this country has the "right" to declare a word or image "forbidden" because they say it's forbidden. This is especially annoying when I hear it every day on the street spoken by blacks.

I refuse to be cowed by this drivel.

The next one will be Vermon... (Below threshold)
Roy:

The next one will be Vermont Teddybears. Especially if they are named after murderous child-rapists.

I agree with Jay Tea and th... (Below threshold)
pa:

I agree with Jay Tea and the general tenor of the comments written so far. I would like to know why it is that, whenever I am reading a Wizbang post that says exactly what I think, the author is always Jay Tea?

Vocabulary note: "Lynch" is defined as "the act or practice by private persons of inflicting punishment for crimes or offenses, without due process of law." The method of killing is not relevant; it is the absence of legal sanction that counts. Most people do use the word "lynch" as a synonym for hanging (or stringing up, or a necktie party), but this use is inaccurate because it is unnecessarily restrictive.

Film buff note: I first became aware of the true definition of lynch by watching a terrific 1936 Spencer Tracy movie called "Fury." Accused of a crime he did not commit, an enraged mob lynched him -- by setting the jail on fire. No nooses required. You might enjoy this film, too, as it is an excellent study of mob rule and injustice, with a message that is entirely relevant today. And it's just a great Fritz Lang movie. Amazon sells the DVD for $17.99, but I like buying movies at DeepDiscount.com, which sells "Fury" for $13.81, free shipping.

My soon to be ex-wife is ho... (Below threshold)
epador:

My soon to be ex-wife is holding my copy of MPATHG hostage, so I can't run through the opening credits to come up with an appropriate reference.

You are so lucky today.

<a href="http://youtube.com... (Below threshold)
mantis:
The noose always reminded m... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

The noose always reminded me of the old west. I'm not really well versed with racist symbols except for maybe The Aryan Fist and the Swastika. These symbols were designed only for that reason, and that's the difference.

Who knows? The next flavor of the month taboo could be a weather vane or fishhook. Or even that waving arm on the Pioneer Casino Cowboy.

My dad worked for IBM until... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

My dad worked for IBM until some time in the late 80s.
He tells a story of when he had a cubicle, so that must not have been after the 70s as he didn't have a cubicle in the last 10+ years of his tenure there, and in it he had hung a noose with a quote about how some days he wanted to hang himself.

A black woman got management to make him take it down because she felt "repressed" by it.

So, to quote Dave at Garfield Ridge, it's old.




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