Take Your Nooses Down And Call The Waambulance

by matttbastard

x-posted @ Comments From Left Field

Via The Thin Black Duke: you go, John Mellencamp.

AP reports that poor ol’ Mayor Murphy McMillin is in a breathless tizzy over the video, claiming the media has “portrayed [Jena] as the epicenter of hatred, racism and a place where justice is denied.” Of the video itself, McMillin said it was “inflammatory, so defamatory, that a line has been crossed.”

Hold on, here it comes. Wait–nope, can’t shed even a solitary glycerin tear.

Hey, at least I tried.

However, amidst all the self-righteous indignation, this little gem caught my (clear-eyed) attention:

[McMillin] said he had previously stayed quiet, hoping that the town’s courtesy to people who have visited over the past year would speak for itself.

Hm, that’s strange. I seem to recall a little on-the-record interview the good mayor gave to a certain unsavory white supremacist just prior to the 09.20 solidarity mobilization:

McMillin has insisted that his town is being unfairly portrayed as racist—an assertion the mayor repeated in an interview with Richard Barrett, the leader of the Nationalist Movement, a white supremacist group based in Learned, Miss., who asked McMillin to “set aside some place for those opposing the colored folks.”

“I am not endorsing any demonstrations, but I do appreciate what you are trying to do,” Barrett quoted McMillin as saying. “Your moral support means a lot.

Talk about speaking volumes.

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