Read here for the story of the nooses if you don’t know what I’m talking about.
I just got the e-mail. Apparently the student wrote a comment online in response to a CM Life article. CM Life’s website said the following:
“This is mostly directed at the channel 5 news, and I thank you for not following suit yet. Bias in the news is the very reason I don’t watch it anymore. This would never have happened if I kept up on recent events.
Without ever looking at the facts, everyone just assumes that a hate crime has taken place at CMU. They ignore the fact that nooses were hung on or around Halloween. They pretend that blacks have been singled out by nooses throughout history, when many other races have been hung in larger numbers. They jump on the bandwagon because of the unfortunate incident in Jena where the convenient facts were also printed.
Those nooses were in the classroom for well over a week, and no one cared enough to even take them down. Yet, somebody was offended to the extent that the police and news became involved. Why does it have to be personal? Why can’t you just untie the things and go about your business?
Yes, these words sound cold and heartless at first glance, but truth usually is. The truth is I hung the nooses as a Halloween joke. I did not realize how nooses have been used in the recent past in Columbia and Jena as a “symbol of hate and racism” and did not realize how inappropriate it has become. Honestly, it was more a symbol of “I would rather be hung than do more work on this project” and the people involved took it in that context. If I had been aware of recent events, I would have known better than this.
No, I should not make light of the suffering of a minority. Using the noose as a symbol of racism makes people guilty of the same crime though. Do black people have any more right to be offended by a noose than anybody else? Do the more recent hangings outweigh the centuries of capital punishment? No, I think people are making light of all the hangings that were not racially motivated.
I am considering coming forward in person. I have not decided whether it will help diffuse the situation, or just give a target. I do not want to be made an example of over something I never meant in a harmful way.
To sum things up, people are overreacting badly. I am one of the least prejudiced people you could ever meet. I don’t hate anyone based on race, skin color, or nationality, I simply have a habit of making jokes that are not politically correct. I would like to apologize for my lack of taste, and to everyone who had to waste valuable time investigating the matter. Thank you for your time.
– The hanged man”
Read here for the whole story: http://www.cm-life.com/news/2007/11/19/News/Web-Post.Noose.Was.halloween.Joke-3108978.shtml?reffeature=htmlemailedition
Now, hold on – I thought that you didn’t know the meaning of the joke, but you just said that it was “politically [in]correct”? That doesn’t make much sense to me.
I think this post is legit – at least in that the poster really is the kid. My thoughts on his post, BULL CRAP! Who doesn’t know the meaning of hanging nooses? The
kid racist pig is trying to make himself look good as he came to the police. I’d like to hear him try to make a logical argument out of this one – in fact, I’m going to try and get that. I’ll get a comment on the CM Life’s site inviting him to this thread to make a “logical” defense for himself.
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