Opponents of Barack Obama have started stringing furniture up trees — in a sickening reference to the lynching of African Americans and Clint Eastwood’s notorious “empty chair” speech at the Republican National Convention.
A mock “lynching” took place in Centreville, Virginia last weekend (pictured above right). This was followed by another hanging of a presidential effigy in Austin, Texas (above left). When US bloggers rang the homeowner, a Republican, he responded:
“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.”
At least 3,446 black people were lynched in the United States between 1882 and 1968 — mostly in southern states like Virginia and Texas.