A panic that occurred in Oakland, California over a set of so-called “nooses” that appeared on trees at a local park appears to have been little more than an erroneous hysteria, after a black man has stepped forward and explained that he and his friends installed the ropes as a swinging system for exercise.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf had ordered a hate crime investigation after Oakland Police identified five ropes they described as “nooses” hanging from trees at Lake Merrit, with the city government apparently believing that the ropes were akin to racial intimidation tactics and allusions to lynchings carried out by groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.
However, one man familiar with the presence of the ropes is describing the city’s suspicion of a hate crime to be false, stating that they were installed by some of his friends merely for use as swings and exercise equipment. Victor Sengbe, who is black, expressed surprise that the ropes would be viewed as hateful images, stating that he couldn’t see how anyone would view the small ropes as a hangman’s noose.
“Out of the dozen and hundreds and thousands of people that walked by, no one has thought that it looked anywhere close to a noose. Folks have used it for exercise. It was really a fun addition to the park that we tried to create.”
— Melissa Colorado (@melissacolorado) June 17, 2020
The small ropes are not immediately reminiscent of a noose that would be used in a hanging, let alone of the lynchings that occurred in 20th century America. See what one area man is claiming were the ropes in question.
Is this the LM tree/area you’re talking about? Community ppl put up ropes for hand swings during Covid for kids (since all the playgrounds were closed), then some person cut the swing part off in the last few weeks. pic.twitter.com/K07VFrjkfv
— Abe Pursell (@AbePursell) June 17, 2020
Despite Sengbe clearly explaining the presence of the small ropes on the trees, Mayor Schaaf is continuing to claim the findings are indicative of a hate crime.
Several nooses found on trees around Lake Merritt were removed and will be investigated as hate crimes. pic.twitter.com/JW8TvY6pi4
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) June 17, 2020
The FBI is reportedly investigating the presence of the minuscule ropes on the trees. The “nooses,” which had been seen by hundreds or thousands of people without incident according to Sengbe, have been removed, preventing the small ropes from further “terrorizing the public.”
Tennessee High School Principal Suspended for Speaking Against Big Tech Censorship
Welcome to an Orwellian hellworld.
The principal of a Tennessee high school has been suspended from his duties for daring to criticize the unprecedented censorship enacted by Big Tech companies against President Donald Trump earlier this month.
Principal Barton Thorne of Cordova High School in Memphis had been speaking in a teleconference in which he condemned the riot at the US Capitol. Throne also slammed the censorship that followed the event, comparing Twitter and Facebook’s censorship to Joseph McCarthy’s sham accusations in the 1950’s.
“There have been times even in American history where a small group of people decided what you could hear. You think about “McCarthyism. If you don’t know about that, you can Google that or talk to your Social Studies teacher,” said Thorne.
“It’s what’s going on with Twitter and Facebook and Google and Apple, and their decision as private companies to filter and to decide what you, you hear and know about.”
Thorne was almost immediately suspended by the Shelby County School district, pending an official “review” of his totally innocuous comments. Thorne later drafted an email apology, bowing for his transgression against the authority of tech oligarchs.
The American education used to instill the values of free speech and political liberty in those it taught. Fidelity to such concepts have been cast to the wayside, sidelined in favor of indoctrination into the American elite’s racial caste system and liberal ideology.
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