Hanging Monkey Was NOT a Race Crime BUT… We Need To Pass Noose Laws Anyway
The poor little toy monkey hanging from a strap at a local firehouse was not a Shocking Race Crime the FBI reported, BUT— the local news believes we all need to look at our suppressed racism anyway.
Here’s the real scoop that you won’t hear from the local news:
The toy monkey was hanging from a coat rack at a local firehouse for days to dry out after a St. Louis fireman found it at the scene of a fire. Days later the fireman who called for the FBI investigation did not show up at work. He could not be found because, according to a St. Louis fireman friend of mine, he was shacking up some where with a lady friend. When he realized he would face discipline for his his no-show he called for the monkey investigation.
The FBI concluded this week there was no race crime.
What is sad is that this “crying wolf” race game will only make things worse.
Reported “noose incidents” have increased from an average of 12 per year to 60-70 in the last 4 months!!
But, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch we still must take a look at our racism anyway.
Here’s the report that only the writers at the St. Louis Post Dispatch could take seriously:
It would have been a new low in Fire Department race relations: the apparent mock lynching of a stuffed toy monkey in a city engine house last month.
Black firefighters called it a “terrible act of hate.” Racial tension in the department flared. City Hall requested a federal investigation.
After a two-week inquiry, the FBI concluded that happenstance, not hate, was the leading factor. The monkey, retrieved from a fire scene, had been draped from a coat rack to dry. The noose was actually an equipment strap around its neck. No racial bias was involved, the agency said Even so, the incident came amid an increase in noose complaints nationwide, possibly a reaction to the use of a noose in the “Jena 6” case in Louisiana. Missouri and other states are now considering legislation that targets the hangman’s noose. Advertisement
But, experts say, such measures can be difficult to enforce and, as the firehouse episode demonstrates, fraught with ambiguities.
“The fact is that many of these things are very close calls,” said Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center. “When a noose goes up as part of a Halloween display, is that really racist?”
Potok says the noose, which is seen as an icon of racially-based lynching, has replaced the burning cross as the dominant symbol of racial intimidation in the nation.
LINKS TO ‘JENA 6’
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate crimes nationwide, finds fewer than 12 noose reports in a typical year.
But in the last four months, the center says, there have been between 60 and 70, including incidents at a Home Depot in New Jersey, a factory in Houston and at Columbia University in New York, where a noose was found hanging on the door of an African-American professor’s office.
Many trace the increase to events in Jena, La., where a noose display preceded the beating of a white student by black classmates. The incident led to criminal cases against six black students, which touched off a national outcry.
Though the local U.S. attorney has since said that the noose was not directly related to the altercation, there are calls for the passage of anti-noose laws.
Even so, a proposal now in the Missouri Senate would establish criminal penalties for displaying a noose with the “intent to intimidate any person or group.” In New York state, a similar bill would make drawing or painting a noose criminal harassment in some circumstances.