A guy named Lou in Arlington called this morning to express his shock and dismay at seeing President Barack Obama pictured with a noose around his neck on the Cowboys Dancehall web site.
Lou is from Baltimore and new to Arlington, and he was looking on the internet for clubs to go check out. The Cowboys Dancehall website has a gallery of “Party Pics” that includes scenes from last year’s Halloween party. That’s where he saw the offensive photo.
I didn’t upload the photo because it is marked as copyrighted, but you can go here to see it.
“That’s way too reminiscent of 1930s lynchings for me,” he said.
All these years after the civil rights movement, Lou was shocked that a club would “feel so comfortable leaving this on their web site.”
I called Cowboys Dancehall and asked for the manager but he wasn’t in yet. However, I talked to John Denson, who serves as controller, and he didn’t feel the least bit comfortable about the photo.
“I wasn’t aware of it,” he said. “I agree it’s not the kind of thing we should be posting. To me it’s crossing the line. I”m going to look into it and see about getting it removed.”