Yesterday in Texas, the Burnt Orange Report received a photo of an empty chair, representing President Obama in a bizarre Clint Eastwood homage, being lynched in the front yard of a Texas Republican.
The poor chair was lynched in the front yard of an Austin, Texas homeowner and has many on the right asking, “How is that racist? Chairs have no race!”
The problem, as pointed out by Katherine Haenschen, is that Texas has a long history of very real lynching. From 1885 to 1942, only Mississippi and Georgia had more lynchings and the overwhelming majority of those lynchings were of African-Americans. He didn’t have to include a winking emoticon to make sure we all get his point. It’s pretty easy to translate.
When contacted and asked about the chair by Haenschen, the Austin homeowner had this to say: “I don’t really give a damn whether it disturbs you or not. You can take [your concerns] and go straight to hell and take Obama with you. I don’t give a shit. If you don’t like it, don’t come down my street.” Ahhhhhh, the freedom to choose! I wonder if all of his neighbors have the same option to avoid his bigoted message. I believe his comment says all we need to know about the intent and the very audible dog-whistle sent by this… He wants President Obama hanged and has already done so on his front lawn in effigy.
The man is not alone in presenting this message either. This report from Blue Virginia shows another empty chair lynching in that state.