Northwest Austin homeowner Bud Johnson has some upset people at his "yard decoration." Apparently Johnson wanted to put out his own "empty chair" in support of what Clint Eastwood said during the Republican National Convention. Johnson did not do it in typical fashion, such as some of our readers did. Instead, he hung it from a tree.
The Burnt Orange Report tried to interpret the chair hanging in the tree as racist and as indicating that Johnson wants Barack Obama hung. The article reads,
The homeowner has attached an American flag to the chair. If anyone wasn't clear before that he meant the President, hopefully this decorative addition will make it clear: the homeowner is suggesting that Barack Obama be lynched.
This image should curdle the blood of all patriotic Americans regardless of partisan leanings. Our flag is a symbol of our great country, and the ideals of diversity and opportunity that make us a beacon of hope and democracy around the world. Generations of service members have fought and died to protect what that flag represents.
Yet because one sad, old racist can't handle the fact that the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, is African-American, he ties that same flag to a public display calling for that President's violent, racially charged death.
Unfortunately, our Austin neighbor is not the first person to come up with the "clever" idea of lynching a chair. A man in Virginia lynched a chair with a "Nobama" sign on it over the weekend, as reported by our friends at Blue Virginia.
The fold-up chair, with an American flag attached to it, was hung from a tree in front of Bud Johnson’s home and some neighbors complained that it was racist.
KEYE TV News wanted to find out from Johnson about the chair and why he put it up. KEYE TV reporter Lydia Pantazes and photojournalist Mario Pena went to his house Thursday morning. As they arrived, Johnson was taking down the chair and he advised Pantazes and Pena “to get the hell away.”
When Pantazes asked him why he hung the chair from the tree, he responded “Haven’t you heard of the Clint Eastwood thing with the empty chair?”
Johnson also said he’s not a racist and that he doesn’t dislike any race. In addition, he said the chair was not being “lynched”, and when Pantazes asked why he had it hanging from the tree, he said the tree was "the only place I had to put the damn thing.” Johnson then placed the chair on his lawn a few feet away from the tree.
One of Johnson's neighbors, Robert Stephenson said there was “no way you can take that the wrong way." He called the display was "pretty racist."
Don't you just love the thought police? Now we have yard Nazi's telling us what we think about when we do things in our yard. What if Johnson had placed the chair on the top edge of his roof, would these people then claim he thought Barack Obama should jump from a building and commit suicide?
Granted no actual law enforcement came by thankfully. What I'm simply pointing to is the mentality of people to see certain things and assume the worst despite the fact that the person they are claiming to know what they think says otherwise.
If that wasn't enough, Drudge carried the headline for the story to read that the Secret Service was investigating the incident! Really? The Secret Service investigating a hanging chair in a property owner's yard? What is America coming to? No evidence has been forthcoming that such an investigation has taken place or is going to be taking place.
Johnson claimed the chair was in the tree so that he could cut his grass, presumably so he didn't have to keep moving. He was using a crutch for aid during the report. During the video report he did remove the chair from the tree and placed it in the yard.