Whatever you think of Sarah Palin’s politics, there is no excuse for the hate speech that has been unleashed against her. The latest is some guy in West Hollywood, California, Chad Michael Morrisette, who thinks hanging Sarah Palin with a noose makes for good art. Is anyone else as dumbfounded by this as I am? Here is the link.
Listen to the video too. The guy who put it up, Chad Michael Morrisette, says:
I know if we had done it with Barack Obama people probably would have thrown things through our windows…I mean, the image of a hanged black man is a LOT more intense than the image of a hanged white woman…
I am thinking of one person who has the eloquence to talk about this disgraceful episode in the way it deserves to be talked about.
A year ago, a certain candidate for president stood up for justice in Jena , Alabama :
Today I stand with those who stand for justice in Jena. The thousands of Americans from every race and region who have descended on this small Louisiana town carry forth the legacy of all those who sat at lunch counters and took freedom rides to strike a blow against injustice wherever it may exist. When a noose hangs from a schoolyard tree in the 21st century and young men are treated in a way that is not equal nor just, it is not just an offense to the people of Jena or to the African-American community, it is an offense to the ideals we hold as Americans. I renew my call for the District Attorney to drop the excessive charges filed in this case, and I will continue my decades-long fight against injustice and division as President.
Yes, it was Barack Obama who uttered those words.
During the last presidential debate John McCain was asked whether he approved of threats that Barack Obama said were shouted at his rallies (the accusation was later found to be untrue). McCain unequivocally said he did not.
Then McCain brought up the t-shirts (language alert) with degrading slogans (NSFW) worn by Obama’s fans. Obama talked and talked around the issue, but could not bring himself to say he did not approve.
Now imagine this scenario–Obama makes the following statement about the Sarah Palin noose:
When a noose hangs from the roof of a house in the 21st century and young women are treated in a way that is not equal nor just, it is not just an offense to the people of West California or to the women and girls of this nation, it is an offense to the ideals we hold as Americans.
Does anyone think Barack Obama is ready to utter these words as part of his “decades-long fight against injustice and division” this time? Will Barack Obama stand with those who stand for justice?
Nope. Not gonna happen.
UPDATE: The contempt for women behind this display is especially poignant since the last person to die in a lynching assault in this country was actually female–6 year old Hanna Mack.