George Allen Photo Op with the Segregationists (10/24/06)

The photograph illustrated Puffin Foundation Fellow Max Blumenthal’ s (email, blog) August 29, 2006 web article for The Nation, “Beyond Macaca: The Photograph That Haunts George Allen.”  

Allen initiated the photograph with members of the Council of Conservative Citizens, successor organization to the segregationist White Citizens Council and among the largest white supremacist groups at the 1996 Conservative Political Action Conference, a group about which I’ve written before.

I discovered the photograph after my housemate, Misty, told me she had seen a new hardhitting ad by the Jim Webb campaign which shows a Black woman crtiicizing George Allen for having a noose hanging in his office.  Although I didn’t see the ad and haven’t found it through Google, I did find Brendan Nylan’s  February 2, 2005 examination of George Allen and nooses.    (Note:  When I got home, Misty said it was a radio ad on the local hip-hop station.)

Just like Allen denied that he knew that “macaca” was a racial epithet, he tried cluelessness about the significance of nooses in trees as suggestive of lynching during his run against Check Robb (D) for the U.S. Senate.   A  front page Washington Post story, “Robb Blasts Allen Over Race Stance Attack Raises Pitch Of Close Senate Fight”  by staff writers R.H. Melton and Steven Ginsberg, which ran November 1, 2000 says,

Christopher J. LaCivita, Allen’s campaign manager, said the noose was one item in a collection of cowboy memorabilia that Allen displayed in his Charlottesville law office in the early 1990s.

Far from being a racially charged symbol, the noose was an emblem of Allen’s tough stance on law-and-order issues, LaCivita said.

Say what?  And taken in conjunction, the confederate flags were…?

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