Racist Jerks Arrested In Lexington

(mugshots from the Lexington Herald-Leader and kentucky.com)

Remember the other day, how some clowns in Lexington hung an Obama effigy on the University of Kentucky campus? Well, they’ve been arrested (story from the Lexington Herald-Leader):

University of Kentucky police announced the arrest of a UK student and his friend Thursday in connection with the hanging of an effigy of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama from a tree on campus Wednesday.

Interim UK police chief Joe Monroe said police received a series of tips throughout the day Wednesday that eventually led them to the two men. The men told police that the act was a stunt in response to news reports that an effigy of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was hung at a West Hollywood, Calif., home.

Joe Fischer, 22, a UK senior and a former football team walk-on, and a friend, Hunter Bush, 21, of Lexington were charged Thursday with burglary in the second degree, a felony; and theft by unlawful taking and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. The disorderly conduct charge was made for the hanging of the effigy.

According to the 2007-2008 UK football roster, Fischer is from Latonia, outside of Cincinnati. Court documents list a Lexington address for him.

The two were being held at the Fayette County Detention Center Thursday.

Fischer and Bush turned themselves in to university police Thursday afternoon.

Material used to make the effigy, including clothes, was stolen from a fraternity house, and it was through the fraternity that they were able to track down Fischer and Bush, Monroe said.

Both Fischer and Bush gave statements to University of Kentucky Police detectives admitting responsibility, according to Fayette District Court records. Between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Bush and Fischer entered the Farmhouse Fraternity at 420 Hilltop Avenue. Inside, they took a black sports jacket and khaki pants. From a shed on the property, Fischer also took an 8-foot ladder, according to court records. Statements provided by residents of the fraternity house also placed Fischer at the scene, according to a criminal complaint.

Then, the two hung the doll resembling Obama 25 feet in the air with a noose. It was hung from a tree over a walkway, creating a hazardous condition, resulting in the disorderly conduct charge.

Neither Fischer nor Bush was a member of the fraternity, Monroe said.

“They expressed extreme remorse for a prank that they say got out of hand,” Monroe said of the two men. “They meant no harm or disrespect.”

That’s the failure of our educational system in a nutshell. Anyone with any inkling of the history of lynching in the United States would know that the imagery involving a hanged effigy is both harmful and disrespectful. Shameful.

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15 Responses to “Racist Jerks Arrested In Lexington”

  1. wherewere you when palin was hung? hypocrite

  2. stateofthecommonwealth Says:

    You might notice that this blog is about “Politics and Culture from Kentucky,” not California.

  3. You may also notice that the is a difference between hanging a witch in effigy and hanging a black man. In Kentucky we have had a long and sordid history of lynchings of black men vs. California where they have no history of lynching witches.

  4. evenmoregeneric Says:

    Zeakster, before you start calling people hypocrites, maybe you should read and understand the post. The Palin effigy was mentioned in the quoted article, but neither the H-L article or this post made any moral judgments about the Palin effigy- Perhaps the author thinks the Palin effigy is tasteless, but in reacting before taking a moment to reflect and comprehend, you essentially impeached any credibilty you might have.

  5. ckstarling Says:

    So it’s okay to hang an effigy of Sarah Palin, but not of Barack Obama? The racist bastards here are the police who arrested these boys.

  6. stateofthecommonwealth Says:

    I didn’t express any reaction one way or the other about the Palin effigy, mainly because I didn’t know about it until today (it happened in California, after all). Sure, I think it’s stupid and juvenile. But is it even the same thing as hanging an effigy of ANY black person given the context of racially-based lynching in this country? Of course not.

    And “those boys” as you call them are both adults, and should be able to take responsibility for what they did. (It appears they’re taking responsibility now). The fact that someone could be a 21 or 22 year-old adult and not know or understand why it is wrong to represent a lynching blows my mind — and again, shows the massive failure of our educational system to inform us of our sometimes terrible history.

  7. Further…some people are calling both instances “art” but I tihnk it’s important to note that when you do something controversial like this, context counts. While I think that the Obama effigy is 100% wrong, I have a little more leeway with the Palin one. First, as Joel pointed out, the history behind lynchings. Secondly, while the man in California did it, he also stood by it, said it was a joke or art or whatever he claims it to be. Surely in bad taste, but it is not going to be perceived as an actual threat of violence. Nobody could look at that and say I believe that this man is likely to kill Sarah Palin if they win. By cowardly hiding after the display, these 21-22 “boys” were not standing by and the context makes it seem more severe..at least to me

  8. i read the whole article your a hypocrite what is obama immune to any criticism becuase hes black? are you gonna fly off the handle and call any one who disagrees with the man a racist? context huh you want context? how about this your voting for the man because hes black so whos the racist me becuse i wont vote for him because of his policys or you because you think you have to vote for a black man because god that would make history. you know what you make me sick stop and look at yourself befor you make such assinine statements no wait you let obama make those for you dont you. i guess your one of the people thats going to start a second civil war if hes not elected. follw a cause not a man you twit

  9. stateofthecommonwealth Says:

    Wow, just wow. Your post (and its mutliple mis-spellings) speaks for itself.

  10. Zeakster 2012!

  11. Zeakster sounds like a real maverick

  12. KY Soilman Says:

    Wow, Zeakster, you have painted yourself as further evidence for the failure of our educational system with your illiterate and illogical rantings. Keep making those great arguments!

  13. I was hoping to see pictures of Jeremiah Wright and Jesse Jackson underneath your headline.

  14. stateofthecommonwealth Says:

    Oh sure, whatever dumb things Wright or Jackson have done compare to 400 years of slavery and a hundred years of institutionalized racism after that. Sure, right. You’re a genius.

    *sad trombone*

  15. KY student Says:

    While I agree that the actions of these boys/men, what have you, were an immoral and rotten display. I also feel that we must also sadly remember to separate moralities from legalities. They were wrong in doing what they did. Yes, no question, the fact that they chose to hang an effigy of a black person is, without a doubt, offensive by means of historical reference. It would be unfair to not accept such actions as deeply insulting and threatening to an entire race of people. I understand that there is a painful, distinction for some between the hanging of a white effigy and a black effigy. Anyone who can’t understand that distinction should be strongly encouraged to take an Afro-American Studies course (I can recommend several great instructors at both NKU and UK).

    However, is the defense at hand strong enough to slap both defenders with a felony and an expulsion from the university? I don’t believe so. The charges that have been filed have too much emotional backing, while this is understandable, it will be insignificant legally. Morally, you bet they were wrong. Legally I don’t feel they have the case for it.

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