A Republican man in Austin, Texas this week lynched a chair which many are interpreting to be a threat against President Barack Obama because of Clint Eastwood’s bizarre speech at the Republican National Convention last month.
“We have a sad and awful history of white people lynching African-Americans in Texas, and this history is exactly what this Republican’s front yard display taps into,” the Burnt Orange Report’s Katherine Haenschen, who obtained a photo of the lynching, wrote on Wednesday.
“This is the specific and deliberate use of a racially charged act of violence — lynching — perpetrated by white men against African-American men and women,” she added. “When you add a Republican symbol for the first African-American President into the mix, you get a pretty awful picture — the one you see at right, and one that can be seen on a front lawn here in leafy, quiet Northwest Austin.”
When Haenschen contacted the homeowner on Thursday, he made it clear that the first African-American president was on his mind when he decided to lynch the chair.
“I don’t really give a damn whether it disturbs you or not,” Bud Johnson reportedly said. “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.”
Johnson won “Yard of the Month” from the Spicewood Estates Homeowners Association on at least two occasions in 2010.
Over the weekend, photos emerged of another chair with the word “Nobama” being lynched in Virginia.
[Photo courtesy of the Burnt Orange Report]