"Rope" is the word highlighted beneath an image of President Barack Obama wearing a nooseÂ—a mockup of the well-known "Hope" imagery used during his initial presidential campaign. This is the latest meme being shared by conservatives who think it's a funny joke. Yeah, because jokes about hanging African-Americans is totally acceptable and in good taste, right? This behavior is really not even surprising anymore among the mentalities that brought you the birther conspiracy and other bigoted ideology.
As Addicting Info writer Justin Rosario points out, this rhetoric and imagery is a phenomenon that appears to be heavily concentrated on the far-right side of the political spectrumÂ—even though conservative pundits try to say that this kind of mentality is displayed by liberals. The writer also points out that this is a form of terrorism, as the far right is the direction of origin that threats of violence (i.e. "second amendment remedies") and the ilk come when they don't get their way at the ballots. That's absolutely true! This is visual terrorism, and while this "Rope" meme of Obama is protected expression under the U.S. Constitution, the people who are sharing it and calling it a "funny joke" are dangerous people with dangerous mentalities.
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