The reports that some White supremacist malcontent had hung a noose in the garage of NASCAR’s major Black driver Bubba Wallace was a major story for several days.
Anchors were dredging up the days of Democratic Party lynching’s in the old south – but, of course, there was no mention of the Democratic Party’s role.
Rather, the media maligned NASCAR fans by intimating that they are a bunch of White racist boobs. There was an FBI hate crime investigation.
In response, the nation rallied around Wallace. The NASCAR family and fans turned out en masse to express support for Wallace – something one would not expect of a bunch of White racist boobs.
But then the story changed.
Turns out the rope was a pull to close the garage’s overhead door – and it had been hanging there for more than a year. The FBI closed their book on the investigation, declaring that no hate time – no crime at all – had been committed.
There is a final chapter that has not been reported. It was not a noose at all. It is known to fishermen as a Kreh Loop Knot. It does look a lot like a noose, but there is an INCREDIBLY significant difference.
A noose is a “slip knot” designed to constrict from the weight of the body. The Kreh Loop Knot is designed to NOT slip – but produce a permanent loop. It is used for tying on fishhooks and securing boats to a dock.
So … the entire brouhaha was founded on inaccurate, hyperbolic, and sensationalized media accounts. To use President Trump’s favorite appellation, it was truly fake news.
As is their practice, the media amplified the story to the max – but when the facts rolled in, they corrected their mistake with a mere whisper.
So, there ‘tis.
By Larry Horist