October 31, 2008

Obama Effigy Lynched at University of Kentucky


UPDATE: UK senior Joe Fischer and his friend Hunter Bush were arrested for hanging a life-sized likeness of Barack Obama from a tree on the campus.


America is being poisoned by our own 'strange fruit'. University of Kentucky officials said an effigy of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama was found hanging from a tree on campus.

Lee Todd, the university president, said the effigy of the Illinois senator, who could become the nation's first African American president if he is elected, was first noticed by a professor riding his bicycle.

Todd said it is not yet known whether a student was responsible for the effigy and the incident is being investigated by the University Police Department and the Lexington Police Department. He said the Secret Service has been notified.

"It's a very embarrassing situation that has happened on our campus, regardless of who did it," Todd said.

He described hanging the effigy as a "despicable act."

"We certainly believe in political expression, just not in this form," he said.

Villagers, unless you're living in the early 1800s out in the wild west and somebody stole your horse ... there is NEVER a good reason to hang a fellow citizen in a lynching rope. Period. Doesn't matter if it is Sarah Palin or Barack Obama. It is horrific image to promote in our country.

This nonsense must end. I hope that John McCain and Sarah Palin will stop the dog-whistle racism that leads their supporters to do such things. I hope that the UK perps are punished sufficiently when they are found.

8 comments:

Monroe Anderson said...

The answer is that McPalin are too desperate to stop the racist nonsense. Exhibit One: The rally where a McPalin supporter yells out, "he's a nigger," when Obama's name is mentioned and Sarah Palin pauses then continues spieling as usual.

Renee said...

While I most definitely feel that hanging an image of Obama in effigy is disgusting, I feel it necessary to remind everyone that Palin herself has been subject to this as well. Of course for her they say it is a Halloween joke, totally ignoring the implications of violence against women.
We need to stop with the violent imagery, it is just plain and simple wrong. It matters not whether or not it is aimed at a woman or a man, there is no place for this sort of behavior in an evolved civil society.

Villager said...

Monroe - I watched that video clip ... and it was difficult for me to make out that the person yelled out the 'N-word' at that Palin rally. I could have been wrong ... but, I gave her the benefit of the doubt on that one...

Renee - Hanging anyone ... regardless of gender ... is indefensible when you consider the legacy of lynching in America...

ludovic said...

visit stopdogwhistleracism.com to follow these types of racist politics.

Hey Shae! said...

As every day goes by and every vote is cast, (real and fake - votes from the deceased are still popping up), you can sense the desperation of the American people. Too bad so many of them cannot keep their racist feelings to themselves.

teamowens313 said...

So how many does this make so far? I mean that we know about? Is it four? FOUR effigy lynchings of Obama???

Now think back to every other presidential campaign you can remember throughout your lifetime. You know where I'm going with this right?

Jesus...

Monica Roberts said...

Not to mention the two assassination plots broken up in Tennessee and during the DNC in Aurora, CO

Villager said...

Ludovic - I wonder if we will continue to see these types of incidents after November 4th?

Shae - Hopefully there will be more than enough Americans of good character to take back our nation from those that would divide us based on race or gender...

Keith & Monica - I hope that these types of public displays are in their final death rattles. We need to move beyond...