If everything is racist, then nothing is racist. That’s what Civil Rights Attorney Leo Terrell explained during a segment on Fox News today during a discussion about the attempt to claim that evergreen trees are somehow racist. Terrell ripped into the school officials who are delaying a vote on making the evergreen tree the new school mascot because it could symbolize lynchings.
This subject bothers me a lot. I’ve been a civil rights attorney for 30 years. I taught U.S. History for seven years. I’ve never had a client complain that a tree is racist. I’ve never had a case that deals with the tree being racist. It devalues true racism in this country. When I taught U.S. History, this was never a sticking point. I never heard of a state or local municipality complaining about her tree having a historical negative, racist view because of lynching. This is the viewpoint of some person who uses social platforms for 15 minutes of fame. I want to see the victims were actually complaining about a tree being associated with lynching. It does not exist. It has to be brought out and challenged. I am challenging whoever raised the issue, show us the facts of the data.
The idea of a tree having some participation in racist activity, there is no data, no analogy, and no historical analytical approach to such a conclusion. It’s insulting, as a civil rights attorney I never came about this, never been approached by this. It diminishes and devalues what actually happened in the 30s and 40s and 50s. When we’re talking about a tree, a tree having some type of causation affect with lynching. It does not exist. I wish you would have the person who raised this issue on the show with me so we can tell the American public this is nothing more than somebody’s 15 minutes of fame. It’s embarrassing.
The Portland Tribune reports that Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School, formerly Woodrow Wilson School, in Southwest Portland was ready to vote on a new mascot last week when Director Michelle Depass (pictured below) claimed that the community has concerns that the evergreen tree could symbolize lynching.
“I’m wondering if there was any concern with the imagery there, in using a tree… as our mascot? I think everyone comes with blind spots and I think that might’ve been a really big blind spot. Lynching is a really difficult topic to talk about and as a sole Black board member, I invite you, beg you, implore you to join me in disrupting the situations, practices, that are racist. I can’t do this by myself.” -Board member DePass
The school has postponed the vote on the evergreen tree as the mascot for the school.
Terrell’s final and most important comments on the Fox News segment:
Let me tell you right now; it’s never going to end because, unfortunately, it’s a winning playbook from the extreme left, those who want to play the race card. When you accuse someone of being a racist or having racial activities, you freeze them. You scare them. You intimidate them. I’m not intimidated. The fact that I’m a civil rights attorney, I know this argument of racism, systemic discrimination, Joe Biden talking about Jim Crow, it does not exist. But it intimidates people, and that’s why it will continue.
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