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Jena started it

The Jena nooses, a gigantic controversy, have spauned several more noose hangings throughout the United States, according to the Washington Post. These nooses, such as the one's hung at factories and colleges where black people are a minority, are seen as very threatening, and some now consider that the noose has taken over as the symbol of the Ku Klux Klan. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/19/AR2007101902543.html

The New York Times reporter Paul Vitelo wrote, "At least seven times in the past few weeks, nooses have been anonymously tossed over pipes or hung on doorknobs in the New York metropolitan area," since the Jena controversy started.

Both of these articles are very interesting because they talk about the quality of the symbol, and about its new context.

The Times reported, '“In the context of today, the noose means, ‘There is still a racial hierarchy in this country, and you better not overstep your bounds,’? said Carmen Van Kerckhove, the founder of a New York consulting firm, New Demographic, that specializes in workplace problems, including racial tension."