The hysterical reaction to a piece of rope that was described as a “hangman’s noose” which was hanging from a tree outside of a California medical office included “shock, disgust, pain, and anguish,” leading to a hate crime investigation, but once again, it was determined to be a false alarm, the latest in a long series of racially-charged hoaxes.
Kaiser Permanente officials rushed to judgment after the alleged symbol of the bygone racist practice of lynching was spotted at one of its facilities in Gilroy, a city in the San Francisco Bay area, leading to a call to police who were dispatched to the scene, Bay area local news outlet KRON-TV reported last week.
“This alarming discovery caused shock, disgust, pain, and anguish for our staff and physicians in Gilroy and throughout Northern California. A hangman’s noose is a painful and triggering symbol of the history of violence against African Americans in the United States,” the company said in a statement. “Its sight stirs outrage due to bigotry and continues to be a threatening symbol of hatred meant to inflict pain. Investigations are still underway, but we are not waiting for the conclusion of these reviews to acknowledge the trauma this incident has caused.”
(Video: YouTube: KRON)
However, the rope didn’t much resemble a “noose” and could have been intended for purposes not nearly as nefarious as the Kaiser Permanente officials made it out to be.
Could it have been left by some random tree trimmer that most of us would likely have noticed there.
— Ralph Kern (Ceithearn) (@7wolfman_kern) March 14, 2023
Kind of a weird looking noose. Are they certain that no one was hired to trim the tree? Looks more like a makeshift ladder to me. ♂️
— Dubhghlas (@Psycho_Six) March 14, 2023
Ropes used by landscapers trimming trees
— Nina Bookout (@NDBook96) March 14, 2023
It was a scenario that was confirmed by police after they conducted their probe into the alleged “hate crime” that wasn’t.
Following a “thorough review of surveillance footage,” police concluded that the rope was not a symbol of hate and racism and that “There is no evidence to suggest that it was placed there with any ill intent,” according to a follow-up story by KRON.
“Surveillance footage from the scene reportedly showed that the rope was placed there by an individual to propel himself up a tree to cut down branches and leaves that would have normally been out of reach. The rope was inadvertently left on the tree afterwards, according to police,” the outlet reported.
“While this incident was determined not to be a hate crime, it is important to recognize the potential impact that such a symbol can have on our community,” the police said. “Police will continue to monitor the area and encourage anyone who observes suspicious activity to report it to the authorities.”
It’s probably understandable that they are seeing “nooses” where they don’t exist considering the degree to which the public has been whipped up into a frenzy by cynical race-baiting Democrats, the entertainment industry, and the purveyors of false racism in the mainstream media. Even President Joe Biden himself who recently suggested that many Americans would be inclined to enjoy a good old-fashioned lynching in the current environment.
“With white crowds, white families gathered to celebrate the spectacle, taking pictures of the bodies and mailing them as postcards,” Biden said at a White House screening of the movie “Till” last month, a film about the black Chicago teen who was murdered by racists during a trip to Mississippi in 1958. “Hard to believe, but that’s what was done. And some people still want to do that.”
Biden on lynching: "White families gathered to celebrate the spectacle, taking pictures of the bodies … Some people still want to do that" pic.twitter.com/oNY0x9UKcv
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 17, 2023
“Hospital officials said they are providing emotional support for employees,” who were traumatized by the “noose” sighting, KRON reported.
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