Diversity Alliance plans community conversation on hanging chairs

Empty chairs hanging from trees at a home across the street from an elementary school are being seen as a racist statement by some people in the community.
Becky Vargo
Sep 28, 2012


Homeowner Ken David, 15896 Comstock St., says the chairs are just a decoration, even though he admits to being somewhat of a political activist.

The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance sees the situation as a chance to talk about the display and its possible meaning.

The Alliance will host a Community Conversation on the display from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Grand Haven Community Center’s Escanaba Room.

See the complete story in Saturday's print or electronic editions of the Grand Haven Tribune.




I'd skip the hanging chairs and just put up a bunch of mannequins standing in line under a sign that reads. "unemployment office". On second thought, that's not very original. You can see that most anywhere.


Renegade, the hanging chair isn't original either. I'm pretty sure this particular style of impressionist art originated in the South immediately following the Republican National Convention.


Curious GH430, did you get the impression that Democrats were atheist after that convention?


...what hurts people more? Viewing a chair hanging in a tree or standing in the unemployment line? Seems we have both under President Obiden, no?


I think you have your parties mixed up. The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was the terrorist wing of the Democrat party, as concerned with terrorizing blacks as with keeping Republicans from voting. President Grant and the Republican Congress passed legislation under which the Klan was prosecuted and destroyed. It arose again under Democrats in the early 20th Century, inspired in part by the film Birth of a Nation (premiered in President Woodrow Wilson's White House. It's no accident that FDR appointed a Klansman to the Supreme Court (Hugo Black) or that West Virginia's Democratic United States Senator Robert C. Byrd was Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops of his local KKK chapter. The Civil Rights laws were passed largely by Republicans, when Senator Albert Gore Sr. vigorously opposed them. Bull Connor was a Klan member and the Democratic Party's National Committeeman for Alabama. Maybe the Diversity Alliance should begin its conversation with the Democrat Party, and maybe people who write to the Tribune should get their facts straight lest they shoot themselves in the foot.

Tri-cities realist

And this wasn't written by truth_hurts, but oh how truthful it is. I wonder how many people under the age of 60 know these facts. And yes they are facts. Thankfully I had parents who taught me to think critically, respect the constitution, and thank God for everything with which I have been blessed. Thanks Vlad for reminding me who, at least politically speaking, have always been the bigots and racists. Lest anyone forget, who freed the slaves, and which party did he represent? I am still dumbfounded that somehow the Democrats are supposedly the party that represents "black America", when, if you look into it, prior to the "great society", the black population had a higher marriage rate than the white folks. So thanks to the democrats, a lot of black people have been sold the false bill of goods, thinking that the D's will take care of them. When in fact it is the D's who have been keeping them down, so as to secure their vote, and preserve the D's power over their oppressed constituents. Thankfully some have awakened, they are called Uncle Tom's by the left, when in fact they are the most free Americans, not slaves to the democrat party. Hopefully the rest of the nation will wake up soon.


We learn so much from these blogs, don't we? I haven't read any comments against racism in any of these posts where the spotlight is on Republicans or liberals. You and a few others have begun to turn the conversation into an indictment against Democrats and defensive mode for the Republicans. Racism is an equal opportunity attitude. Please don't get off-topic. Doesn't get you anywhere. By the way, of course the south and the KKK were Democrats back then. When LBJ passed the Civil Rights Act in the '60's, they all turned Republican and still are. He famously said that he believed he was doing the right and moral thing, but he knew the Democratic party would loose the south over this. Why are you so defensive about Republicans and so hateful towards moderates (like me) or liberals??


Sorry, I didn't realize that I had to get your opinion of what is on topic before commenting. That said, it might be wise in commenting as in shooting if you aim first - my comment was in response to your fellow "moderate" GH430 who blamed the artwork on the Republicans when he said " I'm pretty sure this particular style of impressionist art originated in the South immediately following the Republican National Convention." So sir, I was actually on topic unless GH430 was off topic - in which case your righteous indignation should have been addressed there. Your history is faulty too. LBJ famously said of the Civil Rights Act I'll have those [N Word plural] voting Democratic for the next 200 years." -- Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One Ronald Kessler's "Inside The White House. Johnson only passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because of Republican votes - 3 times more democrats voted against it than republicans.Finally, as far as southern democrats becoming republicans, I guess you are referring to that famous republican and Senate Majority Leader, (and Kleagle and Exaulted Cyclops Robert Byrd.


No Response, Sir? If you're not taking flack you know you hit the target!

Tri-cities realist



the people that think this is racist are just plain idiots. If the chairs were hung by a noose then we should have a discussion with the "artist". I'm so sick of people (and you know who you are) playing the race card every time they don't agree with something or they see something they want to label as offensive. But they got to keep race in everything to advance their agenda.

Mr. Conservative

thank you. im am not the only that think these people are ridiculous


Just leave the guy alone. Get a new hobby!


He doesn't want to be left alone. Nobody displays provocative art so it can be left alone, and when it comes to provocative art you cannot separate the art from the artist. Regardless of where one stands on this particular issue all would have to agree that he wants the attention. Well, it looks like he's gettin' some.

Vast Right Wing...

I didn't see this so called "Diversity Alliance" protesting/calling for a stop to all the attacks on Pres. Bush; when the president was portrayed as Hitler, or an effigy hanged and burned. So it again is the party of diversity attacking any and all things they do not support. Never mind that the current occupant in the White House has signed more executive orders taking rights away from the people, spending like a drunken sailor, lying to the American people about his actions, etc. Did this so called "Diversity Alliance" protest (even Al Sharpton complained) when VP Biden made reference to slaves in chains?


What "rights" have you lost under Obama?
Please list them:
Spending at the Federal level has gone down under Obama... facts do not support your point of view.
What specific "lies about his actions etc.." can you site with responsiable sources?


Go ahead and see the video proof here........G'day! http://www.theblaze.com/stories/... Now, before you blame "THE BLAZE" for these distortions....remember....these are video snippets that will reveal the lies themselves. Let me know when you're done.......and don't come back with the old...."Republicans lie, too!" defense......we can visit that later. For now, let's keep it on the topic at hand........we await...


Yeah, federal spending has went down... That's why we got a credit downgrade and we're trillions more in debt haha. More soldiers killed in Afghanistan than Bush. More deportations than Bush. More medical marijuana prosecutions than Bush. And oh yeah-give a look into the NDAA and some of his executive orders if you want to see where he is taking away our rights. The NDAA strips our habeas corpus rights away! Even RICK SANTORUM is against it!!!!!!


Yes it did... Site your source?


Ill tell you what. Ive lost my job twice now since obama has been in office. I worked in a shop that makes antennas for the military & obama wont fund military, so antennas arent being sent out, there for there is no need for all the workers at the shop. so thank you very much, I'd like a change!!!


Please include a citation that th POTUS took your job, twice. Might it have been due to the economy, which was brewing long before the POTUS took office.

Here's an explanation. You may want to contact your party:


So the only skill you have requires military corporate welfare? The facts of the matter are that private sector jobs have grown under the current administration... So you are in favor of the party that least supports the working class education to provide the jobs of todays global economy...


where in my comment does that say thats my only skill? I said I worked at a shop that makes antennas & was simply stating Ive lost my job twice now because he wont fund military. do you think its cool that more people are unemployed now than when bush was president? I dont understand how people think voting obama back in is a logical choice.


"The facts of the matter are that private sector jobs have grown under the current administration..."
What are you smoking to think that private sector jobs have grown under the current administration? Then explain why unemployment has been the highest it has in years? The numbers are cold hard facts that there has not been much job growth in that last 3 to 4 years.

Real classy for bashing someone trying to make a living working in a factory too.


Job growth steadily decreased in the years 2001-2008. In January, 2009, the month Obama took office, the country was bleeding jobs to the tune of 800,000 month. Obama stopped it, and reversed it. There has been a steady increase, with jobs growing continuously. There has been 4.5 million new private sector jobs in the last 29 months. Let me repeat, because there's a lot of lies out there. There has been 4.5 million NEW PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS CREATED IN THE LAST 29 MONTHS. The growth in public sector jobs hasn't been as good, because of all the people laid off from their government jobs (Republican states). To the guy laid off from his defense job - Obama won't fund defense?? You've got to be kidding! Did you know that the Republicans in congress have blocked Obama's Small Business Jobs bill, the Main Street Jobs bill, and the Veteran's Jobs Corp bill. The number of jobs bills Republicans in congress have offered??? Zero! They wouldn't even pass a bill to help our small farmers during this horrible drought.


Maybe there have been 4.5 million new private sector jobs created under Obama, but those jobs don't mean anything if the overall number of jobs lost in the U.S. is greater! Regardless of jobs created, there have been a larger number of jobs lost, hence staggering unemployment! Job creation must surpass job loss if you want to call it a "win" for Obama, and that has yet to happen!


Yeah...you're right. The Republicans drove the car over the cliff, and now it's taking a huge effort to pull it up. Can't quite understand why the Republicans in congress blocked all those jobs bills the past few years. Not just once, but over and over and over again. You know - all those plans to help put our American workers, farmers, and veterans to work here in America, not outsourcing jobs overseas like Romney did. One would think they care lots more about their pensions and life-time government health benefits than us. Then by repeating it again and again, they convince people Obama is to blame for unemployment. But we digress - we're supposed to be commenting on racism in our community. Remember that?

Tri-cities realist

And if you think obama's "jobs plan" would have created many decent good paying jobs, I have a bridge to sell you. Yes the republicans opposed it, and for good reason. (hey when democrats obstruct republican policies, it is just good government, when the republicans do it, that is partisan...barf) Funny thing is when Obama had a democrat house AND senate for 2 years what did he do to improve the economy? It was such a priority for him that he chose to concentrate on hellth (intentional misspelling) care. Was this a mere oversight by this otherwise "brilliant" man? No it was deliberate, since once the govt. can control your health care and 1/6 of the economy, what else is next? It's a slippery slope and we are losing our footing, unless we right this ship soon. For me the ultimate irony are the pro-choicers who support Obamacare... Talk about Hippocrates ( to hell with my iPhone, im sick of trying to correct it). Sorry to digress from the article, I couldn't help but respond to another digression. And oh my, how could I have forgotten to mention this... Half way into Ronald Reagan's presidency, we had 8% growth, not unemployment rate, but GROWTH. So quit the BS that it is all Bush's fault, 3 and 1/2 + years into a presidency, at some point you have to take responsibility for your failures. Another funny thing is, he actually did shortly after being elected, with his "one term proposition" interview. I don't understand why that clip isn't being re-broadcast nonstop until election day. Hopefully it will be soon, that way I can say I agree with Obama.


My goodness, you really don't care for Obama, do you? Again, why the need to go off-topic by getting on the broken record of hating all things Obama? Why the hate for moderates (like me) and liberals? Why not give us some of the good things the Republicans have done the last 10 years? Why the hate? As much as I disagree with you on many of these posts, surely there must be something political we agree on. Perhaps that's the kind of dialogue the Diversity Alliance hopes to achieve at it's meeting. Of course, there are some people who are always right about everything, and everybody else is wrong. Are you one of those types?


Hey Lavivan, why don't you act like a moderate and tell the whole story. I agree with you on the right not passing any job bills, that's because they are using it as leverage to get Obama to make a budget, which is support by both parties, but he hasn't done it. However, I'm tired of the "right" using that for their excuse to get nothing done. Can you say "term limitations"!!! It's working pretty good here in Michigan



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