By Eric M. Wallace, PhD
In the past few months since the Jena 6 incident we have heard about copycat displays of nooses hung from trees, trucks and even door knobs. Many of my White friends don't understand how this makes Blacks feel. So I though I'd educate you with pictures, because a picture is worth a thousand words.
When (non-racist) White people see a noose they probably see this:
When Blacks see a noose we see this:
This is an over generalizaton but you get the point.
Excuse us if we get upset and want to put someone in jail or worse. This is not a joke or prank. I don't think the mother, father or siblings of these young men laughed at the sight of their loved one hung on the branch of this tree.
A noose is used to intimidate. To us the noose is a reminder of acts of terror used against us. It is a threat of violence to come.