A psychodrama in two short acts.
Mayor Libby Schaaf said Wedesday that a hate crime investigation was under way after a social media post identified a noose at the city’s popular Lake Merritt. Police said they searched the area on Tuesday and found five ropes attached to trees.
Victor Sengbe, who is black, told KGO-TV that the ropes were part of a rigging that he and his friends used as part of a larger swing system. He also shared video of the swing in use.
“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,” Sengbe said.
“It’s unfortunate that a genuine gesture of just wanting to have a good time got misinterpreted into something so heinous,” he told the station.
Schaaf said officials must “start with the assumption that these are hate crimes.” However, the mayor and Nicholas Williams, the city’s director of parks recreation, also said it didn’t matter whether the ropes were meant to send a racist message.
“Intentions don’t matter when it comes to terrorizing the public,” Schaaf said. “It is incumbent on all of us to know the actual history of racial violence, of terrorism, that a noose represents and that we as a city must remove these terrorizing symbols from the public view.”
“The symbolism of the rope hanging in the tree is malicious regardless of intent. It’s evil, and it symbolizes hatred,” Williams said.
Due process and guilty until proven innocent is one of those horrible racist things invented by dead white men.
But Williams and Schaaf sum up the diseased leftist psyche that is at the heart of this insane national meltdown.
It doesn’t matter whether the ropes were exercise equipment put up by a black man or nooses. There is a symbolic need for them to be nooses. Actual facts are irrelevant. The psychodrama of indictment, guilt and atonement, our endless Salem Witch Trials, are what this is about. The assumption must be that they are nooses and no amount of facts can ever disprove this need for the noose.
The Left wants the psychodrama and doesn’t care about black people or reality.