A county judge in New York has been removed from the bench by the state’s judicial ethics commission for sharing an image on social media that featured Trump’s Make America Great Again and a noose, implying in the accompanying text that we need to hang more people in order to achieve that goal.
Kyle R. Canning, a part-time judge in Altona, N.Y., near the Canadian border, posted an image to his Facebook account of a noose, with the words: “IF WE WANT TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE EVIL PEOPLE FEAR PUNISHMENT AGAIN.”
The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct said that Canning, 29, failed “to maintain high standards of conduct so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary would be preserved,” that he failed to avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety, and that he “failed to respect and comply with the law and failed to act in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.”The noose, the commission said, conveyed racial and/or political bias.
“The noose is an incendiary image with repugnant racial connotations,” Commission Administrator Robert H. Tembeckjian said.
“It is the very antithesis of law and justice. For a judge to use the image of the noose in making a political point undermines the integrity of the judiciary and public confidence in the courts.”
When will people learn that given the long and horrible history of lynching black people, posting images of a noose is inherently wrong? We’ve seen many cases like this in colleges and even in high schools, where some student leaves a noose hanging somewhere on campus and, if they’re caught, usually get expelled. And that is exactly what should happen. It is inherently terrifying and threatening to black people and should never be allowed. And a judge of all people should know that.