People Stop The Noose Insanity

Date Put forth on December 13, 2007 by XicanoPwr
Category Posted in Civil Rights, Prejudices, Racism


The media spotlight might have shone most intensely on Jena, LA, but a symbol of racial violence has been hung across America lately. There have been more incidents of hanging nooses and some are directly aimed at certain groups of people. It is hard to ignore where this country is headed, the current rise in noose sightings reveal an ugly truth about race relations in the United States.

The latest noose sightings:
PASADENA, TX: Earlier this week, a noose was found hanging over at the Pasadena Plastics Complex, a facility owned by Chevron Phillips Chemical located in Pasadena, TX. The noose was tied to a piping system. Plant officials said an internal investigation is under way and the police and FBI were notified.

Coincidentally, this took place in the same city where another racial incident took place. Last month, Joe Horn shot Miguel Antonio Dejesus and Diego Ortiz in the back with a shotgun because they were burglarizing his neighbor’s home.

The transcript of the 9/11 call Horn made just before shooting:

[Click here to listen to the call.]
Horn: He’s coming out the window right now, I gotta go, buddy. I’m sorry, but he’s coming out the window.
Dispatcher: Don’t, don’t — don’t go out the door. Mr. Horn? Mr. Horn?
Horn: They just stole something. I’m going after them, I’m sorry.
Dispatcher: Don’t go outside.
Horn: I ain’t letting them get away with this s–t. They stole something. They got a bag of something.
Dispatcher: Don’t go outside the house.
Horn: I’m doing this.
Dispatcher: Mr. Horn, do not go outside the house.
Horn: I’m sorry. This ain’t right, buddy.
Dispatcher: You’re going to get yourself shot if you go outside that house with a gun, I don’t care what you think.
Horn: You want to make a bet?
Dispatcher: OK? Stay in the house.
Horn: They’re getting away!
Dispatcher: That’s all right. Property’s not worth killing someone over, OK?
Horn: [curses]
Dispatcher: Don’t go out the house. Don’t be shooting nobody. I know you’re pissed and you’re frustrated, but don’t do it.
Horn: They got a bag of loot.
Dispatcher: OK. How big is the bag … which way are they going?
Horn: I’m going outside. I’ll find out.
Dispatcher: I don’t want you going outside, Mr. Horn.
Horn: Well, here it goes, buddy. You hear the shotgun clicking and I’m going.
Dispatcher: Don’t go outside.
Horn: [yelling] Move, you’re dead!
[Sound of shots being fired]

Mr. Horn has yet to be charged with any crime. The case has divided the city into two camps: Those who support the shooter’s apparent vigilantism and argue his actions were reasonable under the Second Amendment; and those who say he is a murderer whose actions may have been racially motivated.

Now isn’t it a coincidence that a noose is found in the same where the Joe Horn incident is playing out? I think not, anybody who knows Passadena, would tell you it used to be a very racist town. A one point it was home of the Ku Klux Klan.

ST. LOUIS, MO: Recently, fire officials in St. Louis, MO found a noose and stuffed monkey were hung inside an engine house. The stuffed monkey was found hanging by its neck from a strap on a coat hanger. According to the Associated Press, “racial tensions in the city’s fire department have been high since the first black chief was ousted by City Hall earlier this year.”

However, there is more to this story. NBC local affiliate KSDK is reporting that a local firefighter who has been working for the city for the past two and a half years found the stuffed monkey hanging in his locker. The firefighter told KSDK that this was not the first racially motivated incident he’s had to endure.

He claims that firefighters, within his fire house, broke into his home back in August, hoping to prove that he was living in Illinois instead of in the city. And he claims that top fire department brass, including a deputy fire chief, had knowledge of the break in, but did nothing.

The city’s Public Safety Director, Charles Bryson, says the city is currently investigating both claims. However, it seems like the city is beginning to close ranks. The city’s new Fire Chief, Dennis Jenkerson, is stating that, “there was no noose,” and running with this claim, Bryson is stating that the rope was used for training. According to the St Louis Dispatch, Bryson said. “It is not a noose. It’s to practice tying knots.”

POWAY, CA: The Poway Unified School District had a meeting on strengthening their policy on hate crimes because there has been several noose sightings on a couple of high schools. On Nov 27, a noose and racial slur was found on the stage of the Rancho Bernardo High School theater. The student who hung the noose was suspended for a couple of days. Last month, a noose was found in a boy’s restroom at Poway High School.

NASHVILLE, TN: WTVF reported earlier this week, a man found a burning cross on his porch with a note and a noose attached to it. Police wouldn’t comment on the case.

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI: On Nov 12, nooses were found in the classrooms of Central Michigan University’s Engineering and Technology Building. A student has admitted to campus police to having a role in hanging the four nooses, made from flexible compressed gas lines. Yet, the police are pondering if this should be considered a hate crime.

Last month, FBI officials reported that there were 7,722 hate crimes nationwide in 2006, an increase of almost 8 percent over the previous year’s total. More than half of the hate crimes involved race with 51.8%, religion resulted in 18.9%, sexual orientation with 15.5%, ethnicity hate crimes with 12.7% and people with physical or mental disabilities suffered 1% of all hate crimes.

This goes to the argument I was saying about reporting hate crimes. While it is true that a majority of victims of hate crimes do not report it because they either have a fear of retaliation or have a lack of awareness about hate crime laws or feel they are not taken seriously by law enforcement; my concern has to do with the lack of reports submitted by law enforcement officers. For example, the latest FBI figures did not contain the incidents that occurred in Jena, LA.

“The FBI report confirms what we have been saying for many months about the severe increase in hate crimes,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, a leading civil rights leader. “What is not reported, however, is the lack of prosecution and serious investigation by the Justice Department to counter this increase in hate crimes.” Sharpton urged Attorney General Michael Mukasey to meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and civil rights leaders to discuss the matter.

The fact is, when people do report a hate crime, it is at the discretion of the police officer at the scene to decide if they either classify the incidents as a hate crime or as “suspicious circumstances” or “malicious mischief.” I would not be surprised if those boys were charged with “malicious mischief.”

By manipulating the number of reported hate crime in a city or neighborhood is a way for the establishment to create an illusion for that a city. There are reports from law enforcement officials that testify that chambers of commerce, city officials, developers, and others sometimes attempt to discourage police and the media from reporting hate crimes for fear of tarnishing their community’s image, such as the town of Jena, LA.

No matter how much remains in dispute, one thing cannot be underestimated – the enduring power that that a noose and its implied threat of lynching carries for not only for African-American, but for people of color. This is not a black-white issue; there were Xhicanos/as, Asian Americans and Native Americans who were lynched too. As long as this country continues to rationalize the insanity that passes for AmeriKKKan history, the truth will continue to be suppressed.

Regardless, these incidents that are occurring across the county is just a return of the painful symbol of the past. And as long as these events continue to be downplayed, people will continue to feel they can display this whenever they feel like it.

It is time to WAKE UP and STOP THE INSANITY! It is time to shut down this conspiracy of silence.

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  1. Gravatar Icon HispanicPundit Dec 13th, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    The more I see stories like this, the more I appreciate the wisdom of John McWhorter.

  2. Gravatar Icon EYES OF TEXAS Dec 17th, 2007 at 9:05 am

    It has also been found that several of these nooses were placed by those that are most offended by them. They are trying to get media attention by playing the victim of the prank.

    Mr. Horn was justified in his actions since the theives also confronted him on his own property. He shot after giving a warning of his intentions and out of fear for his own life. The thugs had police records a mile long and most theives of their calibur do carry weapons. Mr. Horn can be my neighbor any time and I would feel safer.

  3. Gravatar Icon I'm Not The Only One Dec 18th, 2007 at 12:29 am

    I liked the post but have to admit
    the part about the gun-wielding
    homeowner in Texas is inconsistent
    with the rest of the post since it
    does not involve a noose. But the
    Pasadena, TX shooting needs a bit of
    clarification on a subject that is
    often overlooked by the
    Xicano/Mexican/Mexican-American
    majority in this country: Black
    Latinos. I first learned of this
    story on the O’ Reilly Factor and saw
    mug shots of the two culprits,
    Colombian nationals Miguel Antonio
    Dejesus and Diego Ortiz. They were
    dark-skinned and had physical features
    that were identical to other people of
    African descent. Mr. Horn probably
    had no idea the burglars were Latino,
    unless they were speaking Spanish as
    they were running from him. Most
    likely what happened was, he saw
    two black guys burglarizing a home,
    period. You are half right: Joe
    Horn is probably a racist, but in
    this case his actions were driven by
    his animosity against blacks, not
    Latinos.

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