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.




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


Obama has presented a budget to Congress every year beginning in 2010. Bush presented the 2009 budget in 2008, which is standard procedure. Isn't it interesting that over the 7 years Bush was in Iraq and Afghanistan, neither war was part of the annual budget? Your point of the GOP not passing any jobs bills because they are using it as leverage to get Obama to make a budget simply does not hold up. First of all, Obama has presented a budget every year. 2nd, the GOP doesn't pass it because they want to cut spending with no increase in revenue. IMO, this is blatant disregard for your country and the American people. These treasonous unpatriotic clowns should be voted out asap.


Yup, spend your way out of debt! Makes perfect sense to me. Somebody needs to be fiscally responsible. You CANNOT continue to spend money you do not have. It is not gov't job to provide cradle to grave for its people. This is crazy and is done by politicians in their own selfish interest of getting people to vote for them. We now have the same situation that a parent creates with a spoiled child. A child that cries, kicks and screams when they do not get what they want. Just keep kicking the can down the road until we go so far over the financial cliff no matter what party is in charge, they will not be able to avoid financial destruction.


So I am to understand you were angry that Bush turned a budget surplus into trillion dollar deficits with 2 wars paid for with borrowed money along with tax cuts - unprecedented during war time - and when our tax rates were already some of the lowest in 80 years? Or was that ok because Bush was a (white) Republican? And, sorry, I don't know anyone who "cries, kicks, and screams" because the government doesn't give them what they want from "cradle to grave". Most people I know live their lives, raise their families, and work hard, and appreciate what the government does for them - clean air and water, food that won't kill them, police and fire protection, safe roads and bridges.


That's right, both parties voted for those wars so there's plenty of blame to go around on that spending. Interesting you bring race into this little back and forth we are having. I don't care if Bush is purple, it has nothing to do with the color of his skin. You have the race issue, not me. I'm tired of the race card play every time there is a disagreement with Obama's policy. Just plain pathetic. Better make sure you are front and center at the Diversity Alliance meeting!

Tri-cities realist

And obama's budgets have been so appealing, do you know how many DEMOCRAT senators have voted for it in the last 2 years? Zero. That's right his 2013 budget was defeated 99-0, and his 2012 budget was defeated 97-0. And in the House, did Obama do any better? Nope, unanimously defeated 414-0. Feel free to look it up. I'll admit, I was sceptical when I heard that no democrats even voted for his budget. You would think there would be at least one democrat in Congress that would support the president, just to be recognized as the only one supporting Obama. Nope. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Batting a pure .000 this year on his budget, now THAT is some leadership. I can't believe he is even in the race, regardless of his opponent. Bugs bunny Should be able to beat him in a landslide.


This is the last time I will be replying to anything you contribute, Tr-cities realist. All you Obama-haters are truly the most gullible and zombie-like people out there. You glob onto anything anti-Obama which just seems to turn your brains to mush; you are the GOP propagandist dream come true. In about 2 minutes, I found the following facts: No Obama budget has been approved by either Dems or Repubs because every year the Repubs, in their sole goal of making Obama a one-term president, add a bunch of gimmicks to the budget in the form of amendments, knowing full well the Dems won't vote for it and then they go on record saying the Dems don't support Obama budgets. It's not the Obama budget the Dems won't vote for, it's the Repub amendments. So much for the Repubs trying to help our country before party. That whole idea has vanished into thin air. And, oh yeah, all those nasty executive orders Obama has signed? You wasted a ton of time spewing about that - it's all a hoax. The "executive orders" have all been introduced and signed by previous presidents. As of Sept. 25, 2012, Obama has signed 139 orders. George Bush had signed 160 by Sept. 24, 2004. Your hate knows no bounds. Please quit spewing the Repub lies, propaganda, and deliberate misinformation. You are irrelevant and now in the minority, as polls show more and more people are waking up and have had enough of this extreme far-right nonsense. Wise up and get a grip.

Tri-cities realist

Even though you may not respond (I know you can't help but read my posts :-)), well if Obama would propose a budget that some republicans would vote for, then he might make some progress. So are the republicans not supposed to offer ammendments to obama's proposals? The democrats surely wouldn't do such a mean spirited thing to a republican president, hahaha. Has he been crowned King when I wasn't looking? Sorry, but that is the democratic process of our Constitutional Republic, and our system of checks and balances. It's funny how when democrats don't control a legislative body, they complain how we need more compromise, but when they are in power, they never even think about the word compromise. So I tell you what, we republicans will consider compromising after the democrats compromise to our wishes. Deal? And I will assume your lack of response shows that you agree with me.

Tri-cities realist

No I don't necessarily think I am right 100% of the time. I can be convinced with facts and an intellectually sound opinion. I don't hate you or moderates or liberals. You are the one who brought hate into the discussion. And I was simply responding to your digression from the topic. As for your request, I am thankful that the republicans have reduced taxes over the last ten years, as well as authorize construction of a secure southern border, and block the attempted amnesty for illegal immigrants. The latter was only somewhat successful, since our "constitutional scholar" president took it upon himself to issue an executive order granting amnesty to a certain segment of illegal immigrants. Whether I agree or disagree with the content of his executive order, is beside the point. I disagree with his action that usurped the constitutional authority of congress. Can we agree on that? And before you answer, suppose that president Bush issued an executive order banning abortion. Wouldn't you agree that would be an abuse of power? This is no different than what Obama has done.


Dead-on right and well said TCR.


Spending at the federal level has gone down under Obama...really?! Where do you get your news? Please, share with us the source that has you believing that crap! Here are a few reliable sources that argue otherwise.





Vast Right Wing...

Were you aware that Obama has signed 923 Executive Orders in 40 months!
What did Congress do in those 40 months? (The House - considerable. The Senate - nothing, not even a budget nor allowing any House bill to be considered.) A whole new order must prevail in Wash. DC as a result of this next election!

Now look at these:

-EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
-EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.
-EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.
-EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.
-EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
-EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001 allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.
-EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all people.
-EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
-EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.
-EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.
-EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.
-EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.
-EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.
-EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months.

Recently, Obama has issued a new executive order that seeks to "harmonize" U.S. economic regulations with the rest of the world. This new executive order is yet another incremental step that is pushing us closer to a North American Union and a one world economic system. Unfortunately, most Americans have absolutely no idea what is happening.

The American people need to understand that Barack Obama is constantly looking for ways to integrate the United States more deeply with the rest of the world. The globalization of the world economy has accelerated under Obama, and this latest executive order represents a fundamental change in U.S. economic policy. Now federal regulators will be required to "harmonize" their work with the international community.

Feel free to verify the "executive orders" at will...these are just the major ones...
I'm sure you've all heard the tale of the "Frog in the Pot"... you all comfortable???
Watch Obama's actions, not his words! By his actions he will show you where America is headed.

Mr. Conservative

double standards bullcrap. i hate liberals


Mr. Conservative, after reading all of your posts, it appears that the one you hate the most is yourself.





Mr. Conservative

This is completely ridiculous. This is in no way racist. The "Diversity Alliance" is a complete joke. Liberals create these awful double standards and this is what happens. You people wonder why I have profanity in my comments and this is why. Idiots frustrate me that much.

John M

I have the right to be racist.

I have the right to hate.

I have the right to speak my mind.

Unfortunately the guy made a sorry excuse about decoration.

Be a man and tell it like it is.


Mr. Conservative

its not racist. what will it take to get it in your head?

John M

Im not saying it is. I am challenging the statement that being racist is bad.

Its not bad. It is my right. Just like people have the right to be gay.

I'm not racist. Im just saying its my right to choose to be or not.

See they cut the legs out from us when they tell us what behavior or words are bad.

If a muslim american citizen wants to build a mosque here, that is his right.

If you want freedom and liberty, you must grant it to all or none.

Mr. Conservative

i would be moving if a mosque was built here

John M

Unfortunately, America has become a sick society of brainwashed ignorant drones. The left hates the right hates the gays hates the Christians hates the Muslims hates the Americans hates the immigrants, to infinity.

This is all done on purpose. Our country was taken over a long time ago.

Your real enemy, is the federal reserve. They are the ones who control the costs of everything.

Their minions in the media keep you all hating each other, while the FED rapes you all.

Please turn off your television.

Ron Paul, an American Doctor who has delivered 5,000 babies, tells you exactly how it is. He offered you a real chance to change your country. Yet you laughed at him.

Enjoy your endless debt, warfare, and slavery.

9-11 WAS an inside job. The US, Vatican, British, and Israel governments are the biggest terrorists, drug dealers, war mongers, and human traffickers on the planet. Everything you think you know about history and our leaders is wrong.

msnbc, fox, cnn, and all major media is not news. It is propaganda. The TV teaches you to hate yourself, hate your family, and hate others.

TV is a cancer, and after decades of eating at our society, we have become a sick nation.

Your enemy is the financial elites who control every aspect of your life. They are not left or right. The left and right is an illusion to keep you diverted so they can rape you and your family.

Voting for Obamaromney isnt going to change squat.

This is the tragedy of my beloved country.



Who cares if they guy hangs some chairs from a tree? He can also hang his picnic table, chase lounge chair, and a recliner if he can get a strong enough rope as far as I'm concerned. What message is he sending? I don't know and I don't care, only he could correctly answer that question. Having a "diversity conversation" over this? Total overkill in my opinion. This area faces many more serious problems that warrant discussion, rising unemployment, falling property values and an increase in crime are just a few. But this? Not even worth talking about. Vote your choice of candidate on November 6th, but please vote.


This is not a diversity conversation.. it's a witch hunt.


You may not like what this man is saying, but he has the right to say it. I see the so called art where a crucifix in a jar of urine is back... Where is the media? How about the Christians protesting, destroying businesses, murdering innocent people, and burning down consulates? We have Freedom of Speech here in the USA and once you start regulating that, there will be no difference between us and those who want our way of life stopped and controlled.


This paper is very left leaning.. that is the only reason they are making a spectacle of this man.

Mr. Conservative



Bravo Mr. Boater!!! It is important to see the big picture of our fundamental rights. Never lose sight of these essential freedoms within our society. Without them we are not free! What some may claim as racist others may see differently. When I hang up my lawn chairs in the garage for the winter, there will be no more sitting outside. I think he's telling us to simply get off our tails and fix this nation. There will be no sitting down on this national fix. Our problems have absolutely nothing to do with ethnicity or religion and everything to do with complacency and laziness!! You may not like this opinion which is fine by me but you need to respect the fact that I'm free to express it.


This reaction to chairs hanging in a tree is the most petty I have ever heard...with many responses indicating a subjective biases and an attempt to justify that bias...If this man is making a political statement, it's actually a pretty clever way to do it, but how one interprets it is based on his own personal views and not on the display itself...Many of these reactions implying that he is a racist, hateful, anti-American, whatever are so ignorant that they explain why I moved from western Michigan and why I'll probably move to Canada after the election because the majority seems to favor a continuation of the policies that are bringing this country to ruin which is so obvious if anyone looks at hard facts and not at chairs or anything blowing in the wind.......


Diversity? People don't REALLY want diversity in GH...They want to talk about it,support it,and make themselves feel cool,and hip(maybe grow a beard,wear skinny jeans,and eat veggie burgers,) but the minute minorities and gays move into your backyard,you don't like it.For those of you who want diversity,move to a big city,or even Muskegon,Holland,or GR,and quit pretending to be cool...



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