We are living in stupid times with stupid people in charge saying unbelievably stupid things.
A man admits that he climbed up trees in an Oakland, California park to hang ropes from the limbs in order to create improvised swings. They were hanging there for months but suddenly, people are outraged.
In our racially-charged times, people mistook the ropes for nooses and reported them.
One woman posted a video of the rope with the caption “A Noose At Lake Merritt.”
After the video was shared on Facebook the Oakland Police Department investigated the “noose” and found five ropes attached to trees in the area.
According to police, several community members reported that the ropes were used for exercise equipment. One person who claimed ownership of the ropes said he intentionally put the ropes in the trees “for exercise and games several months ago.”
“The Oakland Police Department and the City of Oakland recognize especially at this time, that any ropes on or attached to trees, limbs or other objects can be associated with hate crimes and racial violence,” police said in a statement. “As a Department and City, we understand the historical and harmful associations when ropes are hung from trees and how the impact can harm our communities. We remind and ask our community to be mindful when using this equipment in a recreational manner. These acts may send an unintended message. The Oakland Police Department and the City of Oakland take all allegations of hate crimes seriously. The Department is conducting a full and thorough investigation of this incident.”
Source: NBC Bay Area
Here’s the pictures of what they originally looked like on April 9th. They’ve been gradually degrading in the sun and snapping, or someone cut them down, but folks retied loops on the end to swing from. Not nooses. pic.twitter.com/C1esjLhtIS
— Joe LoCascio (@josephlocascio) June 18, 2020
In a press conference, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says “we should start with the assumption that these are hate crimes” and that the ropes were “symbols of racial violence” and it should be investigated because “intentions don’t matter.”
Intentions do not matter. We will not tolerate symbols of hate in our city. The nooses found at Lake Merritt will be investigated as hate crimes. pic.twitter.com/B1f1SwZ4tK
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) June 18, 2020
Intentions actually do matter when determining whether or not something is a “hate crime.” That is quite literally what we’ve been told by the advocates of “hate crime” laws–it’s not just that an act is illegal, it’s that the intention behind it was to foment hate.
It looks like the Mayor of Oakland hates exercise.
Locals have decided to patrol the area to make sure that more “hate crimes” don’t occur.
Watch the local hysteria:
Oh, and here’s the man that said that he was the one that put the ropes in the trees months ago.
Victor Sengbe of #Oakland says the nooses found in #LakeMerritt were not a symbol of hate. He says the nooses were used to attach a makeshift swing. “It’s unfortunate that a genuine gesture of just wanting to create a good time got misinterpreted.” @nbcbayarea pic.twitter.com/7vutrZYDHu
— Melissa Colorado (@melissacolorado) June 17, 2020
Well, that guy looks like a real big anti-black racist, doesn’t he?
So, white nationalism is a big problem in Oakland, is it? I never would have guessed that.
Yet, leftists are still insisting on investigating this as a “hate crime.” These people also probably thought that Jussie Smollett was subjected to a “hate crime” in the middle of the night in Chicago during the polar vortex, right?
Oh, leftists! You’re all such cards!
Still, Mayor Libby Schaaf should be noted for her spectacular stupidity in this instance.
It’s time to honor her with a song: