Criminalize Anti-Obama Chair Lynchings

Target: United States Government

Goal: Stop the lynching of empty chairs, a racist practice that symbolizes the lynching of the President of the United States

After Clint Eastwood’s rather awkward dialogue with an invisible President Obama at the 2012 Republican National Convention, the “empty chair” has become an infamous symbol and the content of more than one Facebook meme. However, angry authoritarians have taken their anti-Obama protests too far by lynching empty chairs in their front yards. While this practice is certainly as childish as it is offensive, the recent, albeit infrequent, practice of hanging up empty chairs to symbolize the lynching of President Obama is also a very serious affront.

This country prides itself on freedom of speech and expression, but symbolic violence just doesn’t fit with the laws of the land. While it is perfectly acceptable to disagree with a politician’s policies in this country, it is criminal behavior to resort to racism, hatred, and symbolic violence as an outlet for malcontent.

In response to these incidents, some claim that “it’s just a chair,” however, the racial message behind the scene is unmistakable. With Barack Obama as the first African-American president, this insult is undeniably racially charged, conjuring scenes of real lynchings that are severely offensive and hurtful images. Some Republican leaders have even denounced the acts as deplorable.

Because conservative and anti-Obama groups, such as the Tea Party, are becoming increasingly more mob-like, it is no surprise that the Secret Service has begun investigations. One Texas chair-lyncher openly revealed his blatant racist ideology, propensity for aggressive behavior, and disregard for propriety, in response to concerns about his display. Because chair lynchings are so racist and offensive, such practices must be opposed and those responsible held legally at fault.

Urge the U.S. government to impose a monetary fine and require community service for all those who display the racially charged image of the President of the United States being lynched in the front yard of someone’s home. This is a deplorable act, and those guilty of committing it should not go unpunished.


Dear United States Government,

Recently, conservative authoritarians have taken their anti-Obama protests too far by hanging up empty chairs to symbolize the lynching of President Obama. This is a serious affront to the president, and is also hurtful and offensive to many American citizens. I urge you to impose a monetary fine for those responsible for displaying this racially charged message and require community service as payment for their offenses.

Acts of racism must be taken seriously today. Simply because explicit racist dialogue no longer plagues this country as it once did, covert and symbolic racism must still be combatted. If American citizens cannot conceal their racist ideologies, then legal action must be taken. Please do something to stop these violent and hateful displays.


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  1. Disgusting behavior.

  2. A fine and community service for hanging a chair…? Imposes on our right to freedom of speech. I disagree with this petition. Political Effigy, we have every right just as it should be.

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