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    Wednesday, December 19, 2007

    Oh, How Far We've Come

    I so enjoy discussing race relations.

    An Arapahoe County employee was arrested Tuesday and faces a charge of misdemeanor harassment on allegations that he left two nooses — one holding a dead squirrel — where a black county employee could see them.

    The suspect, Peter Lee Massaglia, 51, is employed in the weatherization department for Arapahoe County, the same department where David Frazier works.

    Frazier said he found a noose placed around the rearview mirror in an unassigned work truck in late September. A month later, he found a dead squirrel with a noose around its neck in a workshed.

    Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said he could not talk about specifics of the arrest because the arrest warrant affidavit was sealed by the district attorney's office.

    But Robinson said Massaglia was taken into custody Tuesday and arrested on a $1,750 bond.

    Massaglia faces a charge of harassment, a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by six to 18 months in jail. The charge was bumped from a Class 3 to a Class 1 misdemeanor because the harassment was race-related.

    Denver Post, stand up and be counted.

    My girlfriend, an astute thinker on hate crime, wondered aloud to me today exactly how someone gets the idea to start hanging nooses with dead squirrels around the workplace.  Is that something that someone goes home and brags about to their wife or friends?  "I sure showed that guy!"

    Funny, but in a way, not.

    Sadly, this is the kind of mentality that Senator Obama is going to run into in the south during his run for the presidency.  Nobody will say it, but I will.  I hope that I'm wrong.  I doubt that I will be, though.


    Anonymous said...

    Frazier and Claiborne were just looking for a pay day, they were both known as the laziest and useless employees in their dept, and were always talking about, "getting them back", retaliation for their coworkers calling out their laziness.

    Dont just assume what is written is fact, learn the whole story!

    Clark said...

    Really? Are you really looking through blog posts that are 3+ years old to find writing about race relations?

    Anonymous said...

    Well, with google you dont need to "search" anything. If you really need to know I was looking up documents from the case since I knew these two "guys" and wanted to see court documents. your blog was in the search results. I saw that you made comments with false information and wouldnt want anyone else to read this blog without understanding some truth.

    I would never disagree that there is racism still in this country, but this was a case where two men were looking for a pay day and decided that using the race card would provide them that cashout. Just remember, history is written by the victors, doesnt always mean that history is the truth...

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