12 January 2008

What the Hell?

For the record, I neither watch TV nor do I follow sports. However, there's been buzz about the whole "Kelly Tilghman said 'lynch'" thing all over.

For those living further under a rock than I do, you can read about the latest (Rev Sharpton getting his panties in a wad over the mess) here.

Now, let me get this all straight. While talking with another sportscaster, Ms Tilghman commented that other young golfers, if they want to beat tiger Woods, should "Lynch him". Let's take a look at that fer a sec:

From Wikipedia:
Lynching, an enumerated felony in some states in the U.S.A., is defined by some codes of law as "Any act of violence inflicted by a mob upon the body of another person which results in the death of the person," with a 'mob' being defined as "the assemblage of two or more persons, without color or authority of law, for the premeditated purpose and with the premeditated intent of committing an act of violence upon the person of another." Lynching in the second degree is defined as "Any act of violence inflicted by a mob upon the body of another person and from which death does not result."[1] To sustain a conviction for lynching at least some evidence of premeditation must be produced, however "The common intent to do violence" may be formed before or during the assemblage."

Anybody see any racial overtones there?

Yes yes, I know: during the Reconstruction (and up into fairly recent times), lynch mobs were used to terrorize blacks in the South. But the meaning of the word is NOT "A group of whites attacking a black"...

Funny thing about these terms: I don't recall anybody freaking out over the title of the movie "Ghost Rider", yet that was another "tool" used during the Reconstruction to terrorize recently freed blacks. Hmmm...

Of course, the "Good Reverend Al" has been demonstrating that he, himself, is yet another tool being used to keep black society "down". Wonder how he actually feels about that?

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