** picture from The Daily Record
(It’s a little odd that the Virgin Mary is sitting underneath this black hanging figure with a pitchfork wielding skeleton to her left.)
The what ifs – “What if it was white, what if it was small statured” mean nothing. The fact is it’s a black figure with a noose around its neck and nooses have been front page news lately as black are hatefully targeted around the country. What is wrong with these people? Why is there a hanging figure on this man’s lawn anyway? Why not have an dummy that’s been riddled with bullets or a dummy with multiple stab wounds. Though Halloween decorations are meant to be creepy and to scary, there’s definitely a line you can cross.
‘Lynching symbol’ sparks complaints in Madison
BY LAURA BRUNO
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
MADISON — Public uproar that compared an image to a lynching has led a Madison family to remove a hanged dummy from its Halloween display.
Homeowners David and Cheryl Maines angrily denied the display, including a life-size figure with a featureless black head hanging from a noose, was racist. They had refused to remove the figure dressed in a navy blue shirt, blue jeans and sneakers earlier Monday.
“It’s a Halloween decoration, that’s all it is,” said David Maines, who is Madison’s superintendent of public works. “I’m at the end of my rope because of one lady … a lady who is being a pain in the neck.”