Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Noose, “The Ugly Symbol of Bigotry”

First it was President Robert Holden of the Juniper Park Civic Association who felt that it was “ok” and their First Amendment right to use a noose to convey a message at a recent rally. Now Columbia University is under attack by racists.

A hangman’s noose was left hanging on the door of a black professor’s office at Columbia University Teachers College which has prompted a hate-crime investigation and drawing parallels to the “Jenna Six” controversy.

Here are some of the quotes printed in the Daily News story from people concerned about the use of the noose:

“The ugly symbol of bigotry targeted Dr. Madonna Constantine”

“This is a cowardly, despicable act”

“…the noose-emblematic of lynchings of blacks in the Old South”

“….a hateful act”

“I’m upset, but I am not surprised. I think it’s just a reflection of what’s going on in America

“It’s disturbing, it’s not the type of thing you’d ever think would happen here or should happen anywhere”

On October 3rd, the Patriots posted an article,
“The Noose Conjures Feelings of Hate Violence and Racism”

In the article the Patriots asked that the Queens Borough President Helen Marshall use her authority to remove individuals from community boards who condone the use of intimidation, hate and fear.

We respect the job that Borough President Marshall has done for Queens and we hope that she stands up to the bullies and hate mongers in our community!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does Juniper condone this behavior? Is this first amendment right of free speech and expression?

They started this hate and now throughout the city this ugly racist symbol is being used.

Anonymous said...

If the Borough President had any respect for the Community Board process. She would remove Bob Holden from the Board today!

Anonymous said...

It is a shame that a Community Board leader and an executive committee member would allow this symbol of hate to be used at a rally.

The fact that the Mayor or the Boro President have not removed these bigots from their positions of power shows they are intimidated just like everyone who comes before Community Board 5.

Anonymous said...

Bob Holden always intimidates his enemies and uses the Community Board to do it! Shame on those who appointed him they are cowards.

Anonymous said...

Don't blame the people who appointed Holden Blame Holden and his crew of 5!

It is wrong to use his newspaper and magazine to punish his enemies and political detractors, but it is more wrong for those in Governmemt to turn a blind eye to his antics because these politicians are scared of being attacked!

So even if they put him on the Board blame them if they don't take him off!

Anonymous said...

Holden must come out of hiding and condone the action that has taken place by an ignorant at Columbia.

Anonymous said...

This blog has used this horrible symobol twice to aggrevate. It is horrible...stop showing it!

Thomas said...

Our community does not need the intimidation, harrasment and dissent that Holden uses to effectuate his political agenda. It is time he goes away

Mike said...

A Challenge to Borough President Marshall

GET RID OF BOB

Anonymous said...

holy shit.......if everybody is scared of bob that they don't use there real name....if we want this mutt out we need not be afraid to be who we really are....what is he going to do shoot us all...i for one will not let him and his assholes make me hide behind a fake name to get my point across.....he don't own my house or do i pay him rent..

i for one really don't need jpca or any ass on that board...i do what i need to suit me my home and my family......

when or ever did we need them.....we have own voice....all we need to do is go to our local council and ask....you all know who that really is....and he will do what what needs to be done.....


i never met bob but know him through people.....you know the old saying.....first time you meet someone....well i am one of them people..............oh and bye the way....ass

why is the local football team....not Christ the King getting the cold shoulder....queens falcons...seems like you don't like football....or they don't pay you enough to let them play...shame on you....guess you hate kids also they need a place to play......

but we have all the kids playing kick the ball in the park....hummm what's you cut bob......

well i said enough now....but ill tell you this....i will make it as a middler villager to find out why..... i don't need you & never will i will ever let you speak for me........



so if you really want to know who i am....i guess ill hide also....



or ill give you a guess...ask Steve F....so I'll hide for now...but you'll know soon...

Anonymous said...

As an african american I am furious that our elected officials have not called for the resignation of Mr. Holden. Not only for his participation in allowing the poster to be displayed but for his refusal to apologize as the leader of the rally. This is unacceptable.

Anonymous said...

Lets blame the north star in the sky for the moon refusing to shine on my outdoor block party during the summer. Come on.....the blame goes to the person who held the sign, who hangs the noose.

I wish this blog would stop displaying the noose......it is offensive. How come you are not howling at this blog? They have displayed the noose twice.