A white man in western Michigan said a rope he hung from a window in his home, which sparked controversy and a police response, was a statement against corrupt politicians and had nothing to do with race.
Greg Kazemier said the rope was on the window for three days, but removed it after a neighbor told him about social media posts saying it was racially offensive.
“I’m not like that,” he told local station WOOD-TV. “I like all people. It had nothing to do with color. A noose is an equal opportunity employer. “
Kazemier, 59, said his anger was directed at elected officials in Washington.
“I think corrupt politicians should be hanged,” Kazemier said. “[The noose] it has nothing to do with race. I’ve been here 11 years. I have never had a problem with any of my neighbors. I love being here. “
The Kazemier neighborhood is in the third district of Grand Rapids, which has the highest black population in the city at about 33.7%, according to WOOD-TV.
An executioner’s noose is a symbol of the lynching of blacks, primarily in the southern states, dating back to the days of slavery and the Jim Crow era of official segregation that followed.
It is mainly used now in efforts to intimidate and instill fear, often with racist intentions.
During the deadly assault on the United States Capitol in Washington by supporters of Donald Trump on January 6, protesters seeking to overturn the presidential election erected a noose and noose outside Congress.
Some were heard chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” directed at the vice president who refused to try to block the certification of Joe Biden’s clear election victory.
Grand Rapids police said they investigated a report about the rope, but it had been removed when officers arrived at the home.