Wallace Weaver: Lynching President Obama; From Hope to Rope

by Wallace Q. Weaver

Once again, we have been given proof that we do not live in a post-racial society. Racism is alive and well and our failure to address it only perpetuates it. Perhaps what Vice President Biden said, when he made a gaffe about slavery, was far too mild.

According to the latest viral image floating through social media, they don’t want to just put y’all [us] back in chains; but they want to bring back good ol’ fashioned lynching.

The picture is a spin off of the iconic Barack Obama “Hope” portrait, only this time the President is portrayed dead with a noose around his neck and the word “rope” along the bottom.

Where is the human decency? There used to be a time when no matter how much you may have hated the policy, there was always a respect for the President of the United States. This sickening image first appeared on my computer screen as I was browsing my Facebook on August 28- the 49th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech.

Nearly 50 years later, if King were alive today, I feel that he would say he must be in a nightmare. We are far from the dream MLK had for this nation. Many called President Obama’s election a “mountain peak moment,” but in the face of the racism and hate we are living with today, there are much bigger mountains to climb.

Race is an important factor in this election, and not because Democrats are playing the “race card,” but because bigots and hate groups are playing the “racist card.” Simply put, this is an outrage and we cannot stand for it.

About Wallace Q. Weaver

Wallace is a highly motivated and very opinionated young man from Philadelphia, PA. Currently pursuing his undergrad from Seton Hall University, Weaver hopes to graduate with a degree in Diplomacy and International Relations before entering law school. ”When I’m dead and gone, my only wish is that when people talk about me they say that I worked hard and tirelessly for our community and our nation. “His ambitions are to make America a better place, in whatever minimal way he can, and believes that this starts with raising consciousness.


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