September 14, 2007

Ah, the irony

Down at the University of Maryland, some a**hole hung a noose near the [black] student center, obviously designed to intimidate African-American students. The university held a "unity rally" in response. All fine and good. I just wonder if article writer Avis Thomas-Lester realizes the following rich irony all within two paragraphs of one another (emphasis mine):

[Student Ugonna] Madueke was among more than 300 students and faculty members who converged on Cole Field House this week for a "speak out" to express their feelings about the noose and to discuss possible solutions to the racism and cultural separatism that led to it.

The crudely tied noose was found hanging from a tree just outside the Nyumburu Cultural Center and the Stamp Student Union on Campus Drive, the college's main thoroughfare.

Nyumburu, Swahili for "freedom house," is home to a student-run newspaper, the Black Explosion, as well as the Black Student Union and other programs affiliated primarily with minority students and faculty members, officials said.

Hmm, if "cultural separatism" is a factor in someone feeling the need to hang a crude noose on a tree, what factors lead people to set up racially/culturally identifiable student centers, newspapers and programs?

Posted by Hube at September 14, 2007 07:06 PM | TrackBack

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Now reports are that the noose hung there for several days before it was removed. One has to wonder if the folks from the BSU didn't hang it themselves and wait for someone to file a complaint -- you know, another "do-it-yourself" hate crime.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at September 14, 2007 09:17 PM

Hube, your racist roots are showing again, honey.
My friend was down there dropping off his daughter for school and told me all about this short-lived rumor. While the school officials took the initial alarm seriously, it was quickly discovered that the "noose" was merely a piece of string which appeared to have been in the tree to hold up a sign at some point.

Your supposition that the BSU connived this "plot" is beneath contempt. I am gong to send a link to your post to those who know some of the facts first hand. And yes, my friend is black.

Posted by: Nancy Willing at September 15, 2007 10:04 AM

And as usual, your comment makes your "point" as clear as mud. Are you claiming that RWR's contention that the incident was set up (as a noose) is "beneath contempt" (he said that, not me you idiot), or that me merely reporting the noose story FROM A WASHINGTON POST REPORT is "beneath contempt"?

I only address the irony of the "cultural separatism" issue. So, send your "friends" to RWR, but maybe they can address the issue of my ACTUAL post, you sorry putz.

Posted by: Hube at September 15, 2007 02:46 PM

My friend was down there dropping off his daughter

BTW, quit lying Nance. You don't have any friends.

Posted by: Hube at September 15, 2007 03:28 PM

And given that we have seen a rash of such DIY hate-crimes in recent years, it isn't racist to consider the possibility. Indeed, it is simply common sense.

And given that, as you claim, this was much ado about nothing, doesn't it make the point that some folks are prepared to jump to the assumption of racism at a moment's notice?

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at September 15, 2007 04:03 PM

By the way, why do you presume that the color of your imaginary friend's skin makes his opinion on this matter more relevant and valid than mine or Hube's? Isn't that a racist attitude to take -- ascribing expertise based upon race?

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at September 15, 2007 04:16 PM

Of course it is, RWR. But try to take it easy on Nancy ... she's not all there. Not by a long shot.

Posted by: Hube at September 15, 2007 04:18 PM

This comment was caught up in spam so I did not
expect to see it after the fact. I have a post response ready to go on my blog that will be published some time this week.

I realized that I confounded some of Ryan's sentiments with yours, Hube and posted a comment saying as much, why wasn't that comment published here yesterday? D'OH! so feel free to dis me, babe on that, but hopefully you and your bigots can learn to tolerate multi-culturals, given a different perspective.

I actually interviewed a few people about this yesterday. My post will give some insightful differences of opinion from the ones I can depend on from this side of the ideological divide. It will be a refreshing counter to this crap.

Posted by: Nancy Willing at September 16, 2007 09:09 AM

Nancy: When you learn to make a coherent comment (please! Just once!), feel free to post it here. As it remains, no one has the slightest CLUE as to what the hell you're talking about. Your comment showed up when posted, and what the hell does Ryan have to do with any of this?? Hello?? Anybody home??

And shove that "bigot" crap. It is you with your fake "tolerance" and "diversity" that is the TRUE bigot. Maybe you can actually address the point of my post -- you know, about "cultural separatism" -- instead of using the usual racial swill.

Here's a tip: Get someone else to write your upcoming post. Maybe then people will actually be able to understand it. Also, enroll in an elementary writing course. The local grade school probably offers one for free.

Posted by: Hube at September 16, 2007 09:19 AM

Gee, Nancy, who is this Ryan guy and why are you jumping on him?

And why don't you try using a little bit of your vastly superior attitude and intellect to try to respond to the point rather than engage in baseless (and therefore meaningless) name-calling and accusations of racism/bigotry?

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at September 16, 2007 05:26 PM