I'll have a blog post later. This is the first campus case I've been able to find where white racist, students have left an anonymous noose or drawings of a noose. There have been a number of cases where either black students or "progressive" whites have done so to increase "racism" awareness.
It's important in a case like this to consider every possibility: that it might be legitimate, it might not be; that it might be students, it might not be. Those who jumped the gun and said "Students Did It," up front turned out to be right, but they were wrong to do this.
If you want to see something interesting, go to Google and type in the words "campus hate hoax noose." Or you can just click on the link I've provided. It will return approximately 14,500,000 items.
I'm not going to summarize the myriad race hate hoaxes over the last couple of decades. That's why I've provided the link. What I will say is that when a noose is involved it is usually planted by a minority or "progressive" white trying to raise awareness of "racism." Apparently nooses are to real racists as quiche is to real men.
Don't miss the compilation of columns by Michele Malkin, who has written exhaustively on campus race hoaxes, some involving nooses, others not. At least someone is trying to raise awareness of campus hoaxes!
The response to these hoaxes is always the same. Campus sit-ins, awareness events, and minority demands for whatever it is they feel like demanding at the time.
Sort of like the past few days at Ole Miss. A protest was organized at the site of the vandalism of a statue honoring Ole Miss' first black student, James Meredith. A noose had been placed around his neck and he was draped with a cape fashioned from a pre-2001 Georgia flag, which features a large Confederate emblem. African American Studies professor Bryan Cooper Owens is quoted in The Daily Mississippian as saying:
“Until the university begins to address the real issues of systemic institutionalized racism on this campus, until they begin to take seriously the environment of white supremacy that exists on this campus, we will continue to see incidents like this,” Cooper Owens said.Note how important it is for Cooper Owners to make the claim that the vandalism was the result of institutionalized racism instead of the act of one or two criminals. He's not seeking justice for those who committed this act. He's seeking political advantage. At this point there's not even a scintilla of evidence that a student committed this crime, but he's certainly acting like one did.
“If there is a pattern, it is no longer individuals,” Cooper Owens said in regards to those responsible for “symbolically lynching” the James Meredith statue, a campus representation of unity and courage amongst whites and blacks. “We can’t say it was ‘these outsiders’ — no, it was us.”
Mississippi NAACP president Derrick Johnson used the opportunity to complain about the school's street names. "You cannot have a university where, when you turn down the main drag, it's called Confederate Drive." Well, Mr. Johnson, yes you can. For what it's worth Ole Miss also has a Union Loop. Ole Miss is for equal opportunity, something Mr. Johnson apparently knows little about.
Still others are using the event to demand that Mississippi get rid of its flag, which was adopted in 1894 and readopted by an overwhelming bi-racial margin in 2001. In fact, the use of the old Georgia flag is one of the facts that leads me to believe the Meredith vandalism may be a politically motivated hoax.
The race-hustler crowd likes to equate the Mississippi flag and the old Georgia flag when in fact the two have nothing in common from a historical standpoint. The Mississippi flag was adopted in 1894 when school segregation was not even an issue. The inclusion of the Confederate banner was designed to honor our ancestors. Georgia, however, placed the Confederate flag in its state flag in 1956 as a direct response to the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, in support of segregation. As a result the Georgia flag was eventually changed. It all goes to intent.
But the haters want to equate the two. And that's why I think the Georgia flag was used. They aren't exactly easy to find.
In 2002 there was a serious incident with racist graffiti being drawn on doors in Kincannon dormitory at Ole Miss. The depiction of nooses was included. Next up was the anti-racism rally, with everyone standing up to imaginary racism. Imaginary because it was all a hoax; it was perpetrated by blacks who were not prosecuted. In fact, part of the pattern over the past 20 years is that the hoaxsters are usually not prosecuted, and often their identities are shielded by the universities where they committed their crimes.
The Meredith vandalism may not be a hoax, but I've offered to wager heads-up on the matter with two different friends and they've both declined. But no matter who did it or what their motive was, it is still vandalism, and when the criminals are caught they should be punished whether they are racists, anti-racists, or just drunks.