Carol Platt Liebau: Nooses and Strange Fruit

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Nooses and Strange Fruit

This is guest blogger Wile E Coyote.

A noose was recently discovered on the door of an African-American professor at Columbia.

Within the context of American history, nooses and burning crosses constitute more than symbolic speech; they are assaults.

But, I have a hunch that the noose at Columbia was not put there by a white person. Given a noose's ability to generate news coverage, unscrupulous persons will likely start placing nooses not to intimidate blacks but to provide a forum for airing grievances, promoting feelings of victimization and extorting support.

We'll see how this plays out.

In the past, America reaped a shameful harvest of "Strange Fruit". Let's find out who is currently planting these seeds.


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