'The Office' star Rainn Wilson proves racism is real, shares disturbing photo of noose tied to tree in friend's front yard
While many still refuse to believe racism is in this day and age, Rainn Wilson reveals that there are many stories Jamey and other African Americans could say that would prove otherwise.
Rainn Wilson wants to prove that anyone who believes that racism is a thing of the past is wrong. ‘The Office’ star recently shared a photo on Instagram, which showed that the tree in the front yard of his friend’s house was adorned with a very explicit symbol of hate and lynching – a noose.
The 53-year-old revealed that his friend Jamey and his sister are African American and that they live in suburban Los Angeles with a seventeen-year-old. However, disgusting turned to scary and shocking pretty fast, when they called to report the crime, only to be asked, “What’s the big deal?”
“Well, officer, the noose is the symbol of lynching which was used to hang thousands of African Americans, especially by the Klan,” says Wilson in the long and heart-wrenching caption that was shared with the photo, adding how the noose is as “strong a symbol of racial hatred, violence, and oppression as a Swastika.”
Wilson went on to add that while many still refuse to believe racism is in this day and age, there are many stories Jamey and other African Americans could say that would prove otherwise, before going on to narrate another incident that happened to his friend in the recent past. “Jamey told me today that last year, while playing golf, he was looking for his ball in the brush and a white guy who wanted to play through called out ‘Hey, you can hurry up, we don’t have you picking cotton anymore!’”
The fact that Jamey’s great grandfather was as “ACTUAL SLAVE” on a plantation and possibly regularly beaten there may have gone over the “white guy.” “That’s not that long ago. Great grandfather. And, perhaps, a relative or two of Jamey’s were lynched. Or saw a lynching. Or heard of a lynching. And now, his niece gets to be reminded of what hate looks like. Right in her own front yard in suburban LA,” he concludes.
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