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May252008

Creator of Michelle Obama Torture Depiction Unrepentant : "appropriate, historically accurate and politically relevant"

"You have to admit that the sensationalist image snagged a lot more readers though. unrepentant.BTW I took that image down long before anyone realized it. I figured I'd take it down as soon a I hit a certain number of comments.I still think that it was entirely appropriate, historically accurate and politically relevant.Besides, it was an ILLUSTRATION, a FICTION not a PHOTO. I still don't get what all the uproar was about mainly because only one person bothered to really articulate their feelings."
One Citizen from Daily Kos, creator of Michelle Obama Torture Depiction


Oh he has no idea how much attention his "sensationalist" image has garnered. Since we first posted about this post at the "progressive" liberal blog Daily Kos , the creator of the Michelle Obama torture depiction is still blissfully ignorant of the widening horror and anger he is evoking in the Black community. CLUELESS! DOn't you LOVE the benefits of "privilege." You get to read about the horrors of lynching and make collages depicting it. How nice it must be to be "progressive." Feel free to share with him how deluded he is because he is under the impression that its only right wing Republicans who have a problem with this image.

Perhaps y'all can educate him about using the torture of Black woman as his tool to be "sensationalist."(I can hear strains from the movie "Deliverance" playing in the background as he came up with his "clever" depiciton) Maybe y'all can impress upon him the fact that the systemic torture, killing, intimidation and oppression of Black people is NOT SENSATIONAL!

Nearly five thousand men and women were lynched in the American South in the years between Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement. These black men and women were not slaves. They were hardworking, taxpaying citizens of America who had been granted the right to vote and given equal protection of the law in the American Constitution. Yet they were viciously murdered for tiny infractions of a racist social code. These gruesome murders were carefully constructed to impact the entire community. The lynch mob not only killed its victim, it stripped whole communities of any sense of security, protection, or predictability... That such a horrifying imaging of Michelle could be deployed in her so-called-defense made me sad, angry and really very scared. Melissa Harris-Lacewell, The Root

Ask our parents and grandparents how "sensationalist" lynching or the threat of lynching was? I don't even have the patience to deal with this level of ignorance. He has the luxury of reveling in how clever he was because I doubt he or his grand parents or great parents experienced or had to live under the fear of being kidnapped hung from a tree, branded with a branding iron and set on fire among other horrors.

Now he is saying he regrets taking the picture down.

For all that hoopla, not on came up with any argument against the actual words on the graphic. One Citizen from Daily Kos on his Michelle Obama Torture Depiction
This One Citizen is a prime example of what often goes wrong with people who believe that they are "progressive" liberals, they think their self declaration as "liberals" makes them immune from being ignorant, racist, and misogynist. Support for Barack Obama is not your "Get Out of Being Racist Free Card!" Being labeled an "Uppity Liberal" has no parity with being lynched.

Reader Comments (13)

This "Progressive" has no idea how painful this all was and still is. I'm from the South. How bad was it to my folks? So bad they can't talk about it.

I'll share my feelings with Mr. Kos.

May 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMacDaddy

I thought I'd already seen the worst things possible in this election cycle. Wrong. This is it and, painful as it is, thank you for bringing it to people's attention. As en. Clinton begins to fade from view, I suspect we will see more of this. We must work together to shame people who would sink to such depths ...

May 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHesperis

Hi there!

Thank you for continuing to blow the trumpet about this atroctity! We can not let this type of humiliation pass.

This depiction has been floating through the black blogosphere for a few days and I am not sure that HARSH action has been taken to prevent this from occurring again.

Posting his comments is good journalism. I don't think that his senator's prior affiliation with the KKK is a parallel here - unless HE voted for him. I have lived in seven states in this country and elected officials who serve DO NOT represent my ideologies.

The creator of the image SEEMS to think that those who criticized it MISSED the whole point!

Thanks for blowing the trumpet!
Lisa

The "progressive"; the white progressive as always in with their zealotry against their right-wing counterparts never see the forest for 6he trees. It's obvious that this moron wasn't thinking. HOWEVER the message accompanying the image cannot be ignored. As a non-Obama supporter, I do believe that we should not be silent or stand idle when it comes to the MSM attacks against Michelle. It is bad enough that the Democratic Centrists and so-called "liberals" who happen to support Obama's opponent in the primaries are going after her as http://guerillawomentn.blogspot.com/2008/05/what-michelle-obama-thinks-of-barack.html" REL="nofollow">well (this particular attack is just plain petty and Fox News-ish).
But either way, when you have friends like this...
My point is that the "Southern Strategy" will be used big-time by the right-wingers and the only reason why they would feel confident is using Michelle's right and correct comments regarding this country, is because they have seen the Southern Strategy used already during the primaries by some members of the 'Democratic' Party.
So the art work was idiotic and typical of the white left in their disregards to people of color,
this guy puts the art work out there not caring about AAs are going to feel about it.
However we do have to think about the politics being played here. What if another leader, someone really progressive like Dairy of an Anxious Black Woman, or Lisa from blowthetrumpet, or Field Negro ran for POTUS? You know they would go after these people with all kinds of attacks from misogynist and racist attacks, to questions of immigration or sedition.
The Southern Strategy calls for keeping a standard in who should be POTUS; a Capitol Hill fixture who is white, works for of the ruling class, will bomb brown-skinned people without a thought, and will accept votes from racist members of the white working class.
Let's not let Michelle be the example by our silence.

May 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbrotherkomrade

ooop, meant blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com

May 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbrotherkomrade

I've always tried to believe the core decency of the American people but this story shakes me to the very core. This is my first time seeing this story and I can't believe the level of indecency of this individual . . . lost for words.

May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAfroamericawriter

I'm really shocked anyone from any race, color, affiliation, etc. would portray such hatred toward ANYONE and justify it as artistic and historically accurate. It doesn't matter how accurate or artistic it may be it's still sending a hateful message.

...I'm really shocked...

May 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteruncensoredfeminista

I left that fool some choice words but his arrogance is atrocious.

May 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfaith

doesn't surprise me.... several white liberals are so disconnected, it's laughable.

One Citizen is one reason i keep TWO kali arnis sticks in the car.

May 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrother OMi

Personally I wonder who might be putting people up to acts like this. It always makes me wonder. Perhaps someone gave him the idea and he followed thru with the graphic. Just to stir things up, create some more anxiety and derision between people for the upcoming election. I may not agree with the masses and vote for Obama, but stuff like this is ridiculous and in my opinion can only be done for a purpose as stated above.

May 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike

On a somewhat tangential note, I feel compelled to point out that use of the word "progressive" has gone the way of "all natural", "organic", and "democracy". All fluff, no substance.

And let's keep in mind that Daily Kos has never been a truly "progressive" site: it has been first and foremost a site dedicated to accumulation of political power. With that in mind, it's not truly surprising to find a person like the author of this offensive trash under the umbrella of their "progressive" movement.

I guess Kos has decided to hold his nose and keep his eyes on the prize.

June 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

This whole issue is really the last straw for me with the mainstream (re: white) feminist movement. Not one of the white feminist blogs I read have picked this up. They are treating this like it is a "race" issue, and therefore something they don't need to worry about.

As a white woman who considers myself a feminist, I'm totally disgusted and ashamed to ever be associated with those women. All the howling we've heard over the misogynist media's treatment of Hillary Clinton (which I'm not denying, btw), but not one mention of this incident, or the countless others that have contributed to the stigmatization not only of Michelle Obama, but ALL women of color?

I'm done with that movement. If that's what they're talking about with "sisterhood," count me out.

June 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Marmelstein

My bad, Feministing.com picked it up. Today. :(

June 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Marmelstein

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