This Land is NOT Our Land: Obama’s Rope.

(Trigger warning: Violent imagery of lynching below. Proceed with caution.)

I have always known President Obama’s race would a huge factor in his treatment as president and that has been confirmed over and over again. For the most part, I had been ambivalent about it.

The hoopla over the fist bump? I laughed at the silly white people and shrugged a shoulder. The corresponding New Yorker cover?

It raised an eyebrow. Seeing the president in that supposedly Middle Eastern garb bumping fists with a black militant version of his wife reminded me of the stereotypes that are pervasive about Middle Eastern people and black people. The angry black woman. The hijacking terrorist. The idea that people of color are supposedly plotting to disenfranchise people. All of that stuff. So, I submitted to memory and moved on with my life.

When Donald Trump and ‘nem started questioning Obama about his citizenship and the president felt the need to produce his birth certificate, my reaction?

This issue was just another reminder that people of color aren’t truly seen as American. White is the default and the folks in charge have no problem letting us know that we’re seen as expendable.

In all, the treatment of President Obama is a testament of how people of color are seen in this country. A picture that came across my Facebook news feed today proved that point.

Look at this. Really, look at it.

I’m sure this brought many a laugh and chuckle to Obama’s detractors, but to me, this isn’t funny. It’s downright horrifying. When I saw this picture, I sat there and stared at it for a minute. I can use many words to describe this picture but when it comes down to it, this is pure hatred. When I look at the above picture, I saw this:

Barely 50 years ago, this was still happening to black people because we dared to speak up, not submit and sometimes, just for being successful. If a black person started a business and it did better than a white business, they risked meeting this fate. Dared to look a white man in the eye or breath in a white woman’s direction? This could happen. Ida B. Wells was run out of the south because she dard to speak out against lynching after losing two of her friends to the rope. So, when I see a picture of a noose around Barack Obama’s neck, it chills my bones. It isn’t because of his politics. It isn’t because he’s a bad person. This man has been depicted with a noose around his neck because of the color of his skin. Bill Clinton was caught with a semen on his dress and publicly admitted to cheating on his wife but I doubt I will see a picture of him with his noose around his neck. Thomas Jefferson is revered and his raping of his underaged female slave is romanticized but no images of him as a terrorist or a militant. If someone went around asking for copies of George W. Bush’s birth certificate, folks would think that person is wacky. Point is, despite what “color-blind” and post-racial folks would like to believe, racism is alive and well. That target on our brown backs is still there. Even if we’re the president of the United States.

What do you think of this picture? What was your reaction when you saw it? Leave a comment! 


81 thoughts on “This Land is NOT Our Land: Obama’s Rope.

    • tbaby says:

      I don’t think whites are the majority , simply because a vast majority of people of color don’t file out the census.

  1. Daniel says:

    I think you should report that image and the person who posted it to the Secret Service. I’m 90% sure that qualifies as a threat to the President.

    • Sandy says:

      That was my first thought also, Daniel. To the author, I cannot change what others do in their mind but I can open my mouth and verbally shoot them down when they voice
      these thoughts. I think this is the darkest side of humanity and I can only hope and pray, (and vote), that this becomes history in the truest sense.

    • Ashleigh L.A. says:

      I wish I knew who was responsible for it but I got this from a friend and I believe the Facebook page and picture have been taken down.



    • Tristan Chris Heiss says:

      make sure you report the ones who hung Bush in effigy as well.. just because the man has committed a hangable offense [TREASON} and just because he is born in africa and there is a BR to prove it now doesn’t mean this is because he is black. THAT would be a racist statement. Get real If he was white he would have been in prison at the least long ago.This creature is vile . I don’t condone the picture ,but neither did I of them hanging Bush in effigy either. Your reverse racism is disgusting at the least. The illegal alien criminally occupying the oval office should pay for his crimes ,period.

  2. Donna Dodd says:

    Racism is alive and it sickens me that their arrogance doesn’t even let them care what this does to others much less the country.

  3. D says:

    I was gonna repost this but i’m not. It’s too disturbing and the ideals of a segment of our population not the whole. Whites made up a huge majority of votes for Obama so this is not the sentement of all Whites. Albeit an important message, reposting is not worth giving this picture more and more exposure

    • Ashleigh L.A. says:

      Normally, I would agree with you but sometimes, visibility is necessary to get dialogue and action going.

    • Tristan Chris Heiss says:

      your right its not. But he has committed treason and treason is a hangable offense. It doesnt matter what color he is this Islamist is the worst president in history , he purposely creates this race card game.and the mans not even black. Dr.Ben Carlson is a Black american. generations of black behind him. I respect him greatly. More white people voted for this off black man then blacks, so the racism is there yes, just like when a white man gets elected its racist then too.. i have many black american friends who have african american friends so i have heard the same crap from them about that honky Bush or that Cracker Clinton. Did you bytch then? no! racist! And for your info I have hated every president since LBJ killed JFK. That was the last great president. AND HE WAS A CONSERVATIVE! AND A DEMOCRAT. HE WAS A MIRACLE. Im tired of this racist this racist that. as long as you promote it it isnt going to die.Both sides are guilty as hell. get over it.and stop being it.

    • George says:

      Unfortunately hate of this nature is taught because people aren’t born hating. I do not agree with alot of what President Obama does from a political standpoint, but pictures like this have no place in our country. I am White, Obama is half White and half Black and that is what makes our country better than most. We are a Nation of many different colors. I was in the Army for a long time and believe me that racism does still exist from all colors of skin. We live in the 21st century and this sort of hate is old fashioned and needs to be dealt with swiftly. All of my fellow Brothers and Sisters of all colors unite! We can and will make this country a better place for all except those that believe in racism. They can go live elsewhere.

      • Tristan Chris Heiss says:

        I spent 8 years in the 82 airborne.. and the least racism i saw in life was THERE. I fought with black americans in Grenada. we fought as one ..americans against black american alive today has ever experienced slavery. yet in africa thousands of blacks do.. they are muslims of their own skin color. yet you don’t hear diddly-squat about it, do you, on the mainstream media ? because its an ‘inconvenient’ TRUTH!

  4. roy James says:

    The message is clear and not altered or disguised. We are not welcomed in this new millennium of the FIFTH REICH of AMERICA. Un Civilized war is the norm. Ask Homeland security. these people have an agenda and we are not included.

    • Tristan Chris Heiss says:

      neither are the majority of whites who are non racists as well. the agenda is agaInst ALL FREE SPEAKING,THINKING ,LOVING AMERICANS. This page is full of racist and Im glad im not one of them. Racism has no color people.Its a mind set and many here are guilty as hell of that mindset.

  5. Codex says:

    Disgusting! I’m from the UK and this kind of image does America no favours in the world, at all. It’s worrying how far to the right the Republicans and many of their supporters have swung. I really hope that all the decent people in America swing their support behind President Obama in the upcoming election. He’s not perfect (who is?) but look at the alternative. REALLY look at it. Virtually ALL of your friends and allies in the world would urge you to vote for Obama in 2012.

    • Ashleigh L.A. says:

      What an interesting perspective! Americans tend to have horrible tunnel vision and don’t even consider how we look to other nations. I hope people rally behind President Obama too.

    • George says:

      Associating that picture with Republicans is ridiculous and if you knew your American history, you would know that it was the Democratic South that started the KKK and were the predominant supporters of slavery. I am an independent, but you are misinformed and sharing an incorrect opinion. If you looked at what has been done in the last four years under President Obama, you might just see that he has not done the American people justice. He had some good ideas that just weren’t the right time to force that on the public. Solar and wind power just aren’t cost effective and I did alot of research on this subject because I bought my first house almost 3 years ago. He favors unions and if you understood unions they are for their employees and themselves. This raises the cost of the product that they make or provide and the cost is paid by us, the consumer. The facts speak for themselves and it is time to let someone else provide new change for our country. If Romney doesn’t do a good job in his first four years, than he needs to be replaced. That is how a Democratic society is supposed to work. Elect someone to run the country properly or find someone who will.

      • jenjo13 says:

        President Obama has done many good things for this country. He tried to do many more good things but the Republicans blocked all of his efforts. Additionally, it was under the Republican regime that got this country in the mess it has been in for the past six or more years. Now, you want us to put them back in office so they can finish ruining this country. I am appalled that you want to blame President Obama for not being able to bat an eye and clean up all of their mess. Also, regardless of what party started the KKK, I would bet my bottom dollar that the majority those involved NOW are Republicans. You’re just in denial about everything. Romney and Ron Paul are both two big liars and that has already been proven.

  6. 4thbg says:

    Being a white man whose roots go way back here in the south eastern US, my family has been here for all of the most wonderful and the most horrific moments in our nation’s history. I find it completely unconscionable that anyone finds this kind of depiction of the President acceptable. Moreover, the media outlets that fan the fires of fear and mistrust. They may not come out and say things directly, but as the late Governor George Wallace once said “I never make direct accusations, I just put the hay down where the goats can get it.” A media controlled by corporate interests is inherently corrupt in that it’s primary function is profit, not truth. EB White (who worked for the New Yorker until the 1960’s) warned of this 50+ years ago when Xerox underwrote an article for a competing magazine. My point being that the truth does not sell as well as fear and uncertainty not nearly as well as hate. Crafting a common enemy amongst a large segment of the population keeps them coming back for more and it is dangerous and irresponsible. The future of the free press is the blogosphere – if you can weed through the junk and conspiracies. I too hope that the producer of that image is found and held to account. My overreaching hope is for the emergence of an honest news outlet that trusts the public with the truth. After all, that is what we all originally fought, killed and died for over 238 years ago…. freedom from government and fascism (corporately controlled government).

    “Don’t boo, VOTE” – President Obama

    • Ashleigh L.A. says:

      The media needs more diverse voices. This is why I do what I do and why I’m trying to get this blog off the ground. You are absolutely right about media being driven by corporate interests. We need genuine people.

  7. Olive says:

    Some persons think they can conquer the world because it was made for them only. Some whites and not much of them thinks they are special but they can think again people who are special are unique and those “whites” are mere idiots. God do not look on our skin to judge us He looks on the heart.

  8. Arthur Butler says:

    Well when I first saw it, it was no big deal to me al all because I already know that some of those people were born from the pits of Hell, and it’s all in their DNA to hate and to kill black people, and God did not put this type of hatred into those old black people’s hearts back there in the days of old. Had God made Black people from the dust as evil as He made some of them, nothing at all would be here. Everything would be gone by now, had God created Black people from the dust to be as evil as some of them are, creating evil inventions to kill people with to get what they want. That evil Spirit was never in Black people’s makeup, but do you know where they got it from? It appears that some white people were born from the pits of Hell. You can see it in the eyes of some of them. Many can not help themselves because it’s in their DNA and I can fully understand what their problem is. I thank the good Lord for not putting that mess inside of my heart towards other men. God has created both good and evil…

  9. Mary E Vinyard says:

    I cannot bring myself to share this on FB. There are too many crazy people in this country and they don’t need encouragement, and I’m afraid that’s what would happen. The only thing I can say is, people who would enjoy these pictures vote Republican. ‘Nuff said.

  10. Rebecca says:

    That is disgusting–I’m not going to repost it either. But I have to say, I’m bothered by the fact that your frame it with the Blitt cartoon. The title of the cartoon was “The Politics of Fear,” and if they had just put that on the cover more people would have realized that it was condemning those representations, not implying that they are real. It is really not fair to mention it in the same breath as a picture of a lynched Obama. The original cartoon from leftist Blitt was directed toward how people read Obama, not Obama himself.

  11. kfreed says:

    Sweetheart, you are not alone in your reaction to that disgusting image. Lyching is what it portrays and lynching is what they mean convey.

    I’m not black. Don’t even have a tan. I can’t speak for you, but for myself: it curdled my gut. I’m still so pissed I can’t see straight… and it was yesterday morning that I first saw that graphic.

    They want to claim these are all “jokes” do they? Not anymore. Not if I’ve got anything to do with it.

    I came across the following video wherein it was pointed at that the ‘Rope’ image had been making the ‘Tea Party’ rounds via Facebook (10 min. mark):

    I’ve been tweeting the video all night. I’ve emailed it to friends and family… because I want them all to see the sort of scum the GOP has welcomed into its “big tent” KKK revival and what sort of racist scum it is offering up for public office.

    People want to claim all of these “incidents” are one-off and that the GOP bears no responsibility, except for the fact that the GOP had gone so far as to invite white supremacists to speak at CPAC on the evils of multiculturalism:

    I’ve been keeping track from the beginning, compiling news articles, links I posted yesterday in the comment section of a Washington Post article about the “debate” as to whether there was racism involved in the Romney/Ryan welfare ads:

    I want you to know that I’ll be updating the list and shoving it under the noses of journalists from this day forward.

    Racists is what they are and there will be no more hiding behind this “isolated incident” one-bad-apple garbage.

    • Ashleigh L.A. says:

      Oh, they definitely try to pull the “joke” care with stuff like this. Great point. I’ll have a look at your materials. Thanks for posting!

    • Ashleigh L.A. says:

      Definitely! We need to pay attention to who we elect to Congress just as much, if not more, as we pay attention to who we elect as president.

      • Tristan Chris Heiss says:

        well considering the damage assessment right now i would say the office of presidency should get equal scrutiny. the last two presidents we have had have done considerable damage to least the jerk prior didnt pander to terrorists or Islam.

  12. mike says:

    When I watched a bit of the repub conv, I noticed very few blacks, not coincedental as the thinly veiled attacks on black leaders has been a foundation of the party. The rope depiction is sad.

    • George says:

      There were very few Blacks because they cannot afford the gas to get there. With the assault on oil, coal, and natural gas by the Obama administration to satisfy those left wing tree huggers, which by the way are predominantly White actors or rich White kids, gas prices have doubled and just look at your utility bills and see if I am trying to tell an untruth or am I making sense. This has nothing to do with race with one exception, that although President Obama’s heart might have been in the right place to clean up our country and the world from fossil fuels, it is not the right time to force these laws now that are causing the rises in our gas, oil, coal and natural gas bills that affect the lower-classes more and the lower classes are predominantly minorities. I am an Independent when it comes to politics, but President Obama and his staff just aren’t getting it done. I do not know what our next four years will be like, but if they are like the last four, than we are all in trouble. I am White and a disabled American Veteran and I am in the lower class. The utility bills and the gas prices are killing me and I am eating more Ramen noodles now because of it. I am not racist and I do not want to be considered as such just because I do not agree with the Obama administration. We are all Sisters and Brothers from different Mothers, and we need to unite to make our country a better place for all. Thank you for the opportunity to speak and I hope that racism will be a thing of the past and soon. Hatred is taught as we are not born to hate!

  13. CaPacific says:

    SICK all of u who continue to spread this hate thru the NET ARE SICK and DONT DESERVE THE RIGH TO VOTE THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY WHERE R YOUR MINDS AT? UGH UR HORRID

  14. Darius says:

    People and their sick mind, but I do understand that they are ignorant, shame of themselves, not knowing the hate they have for different races is a step that will not allow them to grow. I was taught to love everyone despite how they feel about others. A strong person would not ignore this but be aware of their enemy. I pray for their soul

  15. Pat Sausen says:

    makes me sick to see this kind of stuff. Campaigned for President Obama last time around and will again. Was harassed by a couple of people like you would not believe, yes racism is alive and well in our country. Somethings have improved, but not enough.

  16. Paul Dyson says:

    it seems to me that if he was white and someone did this that person would suffer alot or be punished but its just because he is a black man but he is still the camander incheif and he gets norespect.this wourld is changing but not for the better.

  17. Sonsarae Ronnow says:

    It breaks my heart, I hate the America that lets this happen then and now. I am white and I hate that part of my race the perpetuates racial hate even today. I am only one woman and all I can say is I Am So Shamfully Sorry. What we do – keep fighting against it. Never stop fighting against it! Teach our little ones now against it. I am so painfull ashamed!!!!

    • Ashleigh L.A. says:

      You have nothing to be ashamed of. Don’t let these fools make you feel ashamed. The fact that you’re open minded and concerned is awesome.

  18. Deanna says:

    I am strongly disturbed by this picture. Despite what people may think, it isn’t because I’m black. I hate this picture because I’m human. I am a human, who could not change my skin color if I wanted to. I can’t imagine some other human hating me for something I can not change. Barack Obama is a strong leader, eloquent speaker, and OUR PRESIDENT!!! What kills me is when Kanye West said Gorge Bush doesn’t care about black ppl, everyone was in a uproar. Even going as far as to call KANYE a racist. He said what everyone was thinking. My point is it seems like you can’t bad mouth the president, unless he is black. Smh. I love my President. If your not going to like him, don’t like him because you don’t like his policies. Not because he is black.

    • Ashleigh L.A. says:

      Great point. Kanye caught a lot of flack for that comment yet there was barely a glance at this picture. Thanks for posting!

  19. Sheila Burns says:

    horrifying and disgusting! and, sadly, absolutely possible that the artist doesn’t even have a clue why, just thinks it’s clever. Why are so many so wrong?

  20. Sheila Burns says:

    looked, but glad I couldn’t find this FB page, hopefully it was removed for its offensiveness.

  21. Emily Christoff says:

    I find this horribly offensive, and i would worry if his daughters would be exposed to such cruel exhibits of evil racism. My ancestors came from Eastern Europe we were under 500 years of Ottoman rule, yes slavery, evil… This is just wrong and of the photo with the tortured hanged men just hit me to my core. No one should ever practice this kind of hate… They best leave our President alone, he’s good man…and he’s Christian…stop all of you who say otherwise..give it up…The Almighty is waiting for you and he will judge you and you won’t like….

  22. Leigh says:

    It turns my stomach, it makes me ashamed.

    The far right has been hijacked by madmen and we stand by. Awful

  23. Mary Nina Caprinolo says:

    Not only does this election cycle have me deeply concerned about the direction of our government, but I’m not sure anymore if my vote really counts. Honestly, how can there be that many people out there that think this way? But there are, and THAT’S my concern. Not only that, but that THEY GET FUNDING (from corporations, religious institutions, etc.) to advertise their hateful agenda not only against minorities, but against women, against middle class, against the poor, against, against, against…

    I just do not believe our country will move ahead far enough until we put term limits on elected officials, and get rid of corporate and religious donations to campaigns and parties (let each side campaign with the same amount of money, and air time). Our government is a fascist one in my mind, controlled by corporations and religious institutions where the biggest selling item of fear not only keeps their purses full, but us under their control.

  24. Jai Mars says:

    What is the date? Please ….refresh my memory ….is this 1920’s 1930s with these Strange Fruit pictures …

  25. Susan Logan says:

    Although it is horrifying and disgusting, this depiction shows what the Republican Party is curreintly all about in more than a sufficient way.

  26. Time for a change says:

    I Feel as a people we should use this as motivation to vote are president into office. And also locally in are cities we should vote judges council man and govenors in office that will share are views as a whole the time for change is now from the local level on up!

  27. Rachael says:

    When my Mom turned her computer screen toward me and showed this to me, I literally couldn’t speak. My mouth just hung there open. It’s offensive, it’s threatening, it’s shameful, it’s disgusting. Whoever created this should be dragged in and questioned because as far as I’m concerned this is a threat to the president of our country. I have been told that I am getting “too worked up over someone’s opinion,” but to me this is not an opinion. It’s a racist, terrifying, disrespectful image and there is a difference between disagreeing with someone’s politics and saying they should be hung by their neck from a tree.

  28. Edward Cooper says:

    When people like this put a rope around the neck of a picture of the president , and say other crazy thing about the president– People who do this should have their names and address public on facebook and other social network.

  29. Dawn says:

    I learned about this poster from Joe Madison and when I heard about it I was shocked. When I saw it, I knew I had to share it on my Facebook. We share so much nonsense on FB but we don’t want to share the down right evil and racism against our president. When I showed it to my mother, she began to cry because she can remember when this was an every day event and she just can’t believe how it is still alive and well. I asked my mother not to cry but to pray and asked God to change the hearts of everyone including our people so they understand that we must come together and we cannot continue to be divided. Our ancestors fought for our voices to heard and it’s though the power of voting. So must be heard and we must vote and we must continue to pray.

  30. SocialEngineer says:

    There are a few factual errors and some grammatical issues with the post but I see what you were getting at. I definitely agree with the litany of criticisms above and urge everyone to take this type of behavior very seriously. When voters (assuming these people who made this were eligible to vote) feel so enraged by their political leanings that they find it funny to insinuate that the leader of the country should be lynched, we ALL LOSE. This is a sad day for American Politics when we are reduced to faux cartoonist lynchings as our articulation of our political beliefs. Very disappointing.

  31. Ernie Lederman says:

    My reaction to the New Yorker magazine cover at that time was that it was meant to ridicule the Right for holding this view of Senator Obama and Michelle Obama — two highly qualified lawyers and extremely level-headed, policy-oriented family people. Many people felt it wasn’t something to joke about. Events have proven them right. The level of personal disrespect to this President shows hysteria and vitriol such as I have not seen in this context in my lifetime. It’s all about a deep-seated hatred of black people.

  32. Kim Wells says:

    I heard that this picture was being circulated at the RNC. I googled to see if anyone had commented on it– media wise. Seriously, if this was going around the convention, there really needs to be awareness. If you live in the South, lynching pictures are not a joke, and not something that goes back to the distant past. Men have been lynched in Texas as recently as 1998. It’s pretty horrifying, and if it was indeed going around the convention, someone needs to answer for it.

  33. Purveyor of Truth says:


    Everybody says there is a problem called White Privilege. Everybody says this White Privilege problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve Asian Privilege by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this White Privilege problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this problem called Black Privilege and this Black Privilege would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a Black Privilege problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  34. rwravennah says:

    You hit the nail on the head Ashleigh. I believe the definition of an American is white and the rest of us have to hyphenate our ethnic backgrounds in front of “American” even if we were born here in this country.

  35. munda says:

    I dont think anyone can dislike obama more than my white self,,,, but no body deserves too die no matter who they are and what they do!!!!!!!


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