Texas must be trying to reclaim its title as “Crazy Capitol Of The United States.” In an effort to up their lunatic quotient, Bud Johnson of Austin hung an empty chair from a tree in his front yard:
Mr. Johnson is clearly using the imagery from Clint Eastwood’s now infamous “empty chair” speech in which he lambasted an imaginary President Obama. It was a rambling semi-incoherent tirade but conservatives pretended to eat it up (in private, they were embarrassed) and now Johnson is using it to symbolically lynch the country’s first black president.
And, yes, Obama’s race is a factor, contrary to what conservatives will (and always) say. Lynching a black man–even symbolically– in the South is a deliberate statement. It’s meant to invoke the “good ol’ days” when white southerners could terrorize the African American community with impunity. When contacted about this by Burnt Orange Report, Johnson responded, “I don’t really give a damn whether it disturbs you or not. 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.”
A true patriot. I wonder what his reaction would be if a black neighbor had hung an effigy of Bush in his front yard in 2004? I can only imagine his outrage at such an unamerican display during a time of war.
Just to clarify that this is not a piece of bizarre abstract act, Johnson later hung a flag on the chair: