But it’s not the kind of press we want.
Last weekend, CNN featured an hour-long documentary on the sudden proliferation of hanging nooses in public places– a story that became heavily publicized after two teenagers from Grant Parish drove into Downtown Alexandria with a noose tied to the back of their pick-up truck on the same day as the massive peaceful demonstration in Jena, Louisiana.
The “I-Report” footage of the red truck, which was captured by an Alexandria citizen named Casanova Love, was repeatedly featured in the documentary (and in the commercials advertising the documentary).
All told, the documentary (however didactic it seemed at times) was very insightful, particularly when they interviewed a shock jock radio host from New York who claimed the noose was a simply a symbol “for justice.” I can’t believe the man actually has any listeners.
Regardless of how one feels about the legal definition of hate crimes, one thing is certain: the ugly head of racism did rear its head in Alexandria that night. And thankfully, it was immediately exposed and denounced.