October 20, 2008

Police Remove Obama Effigy from Mike Lunsford's Lynching Tree


Mike Lunsford took the effigy of Barack Obama down from his front yard lynching tree this morning at the request of the local police. The ghost still sits on Mike Lunsford's Fairfield front yard. The rope still hangs from the tree in front of the Symmes Road duplex.

Not surprisingly, Lunsford's family said some people had threatened him over the display. I wonder what they expected when they brought fresh thought to the idea of public lynchings in America?

The ghost has "Hussain" written in green ink on the front, referring to Obama's middle name, Hussein.

Lunsford said he might put it back up again soon.

When News 5's Karin Johnson asked if the display was political or racist, Lunsford said it was a political statement. But when pressed, Johnson said Lunsford admitted it might be racist, too.

How can John McCain and Sarah Palin sleep at night knowing the results of the silent dog whistle that their campaign is sending to racists in Ohio, Oregon and elsewhere?

6 comments:

Christina Springer said...

I wish I had something to say. I apologize for only being able to shake my head and feel very, very sad.

Esquire said...

It is time for the Secret Service to step in and shut this kind of crap down. It's only a matter of time before one of these nut jobs gets the courage to at least try the unthinkable.

Villager said...

Christina - Sometimes a sincere ::head shake:: is all that any of us can do...

Esquire - I imagine that the secret service checked him out and probably made the referral to the local police to take action. It is obvious that the police weren't going to make a move on their own...

teamowens313 said...

Villager,

The "Silent Dog Whistle" approach is exactly why they both can claim plausible deniability. Each says they hadn't heard all those things being said at their rallies, but that they would have shut it down if they had. They simply stir the pot, then leave the kitchen. Whoever gets burned by what they're preparing just gets burned. Hey, they weren't in the kitchen when it happened, right?

ludovic said...

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Villager said...

Keith - Hopefully we can shut down the McCain-Palin kitchen in another 12 days.

Ludovic - Thanks for the link. I'll be by to check u out over the remaining 12 days of the election...