Terrence Lee, an African American employee of Jefferson Parish Sewerage, complained that items in his boss's office such as a noose and whipping post had "racial overtones." Parish supervisors suspended his supervisors 4-6 weeks, but the personnel officer reduced it to 5-20 days. They let Terrence know about the reduction on MLK day, of course. The Parish official said it was a "joke" and the rope device was not a noose, but a lariat. The Hearing Officer wrote "I find as a matter of fact that these items were intended to be humorous in nature, that they were not intended to harm or harass anyone."
Yeah right, nothing says funny like a noose. Like this timeless classic: A white racist, a noose, and a confederate flag walk into a bar. And it turns out its 2009. Snap.