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Can A Halloween Decoration Be Racist?

Quietman ~PWCM~JLA 2011/10/21 17:50:22
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"NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Halloween display at a home in Brooklyn has been taken down after some called it a symbol of racism.

A scarecrow painted to have dark skin was hanging by a rope from a tree in front of a home in Kensington.


Some neighbors say the homeowner gets in the spirit of Halloween every year and believe he meant no harm by the display.


But one councilman argued it was reminiscent of a lynching.


“It’s unacceptable,” said Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn). “You ain’t speaking for this whole community because some people on this block came by and said it was offensive. They came and said it was offensive. It’s not a cool decoration.”


Police settled the dispute by removing the scarecrow figure from the tree."

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  • Paige 2011/10/21 17:53:16
    Undecided
    Paige
    +7
    I don't find it racist, but very distasteful. They will make him take it down, but the homeowner that did this one refused to and was not made to, because it was Sarah Palin..........just sayin'

    halloween sarah palin hanging

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  • Moonbeams 2011/10/23 02:30:28 (edited)
    No
    Moonbeams
    +1
    It can be silly, if anything.

    The Kensington section of Brooklyn, happens to have many areas (especially in the heart of it) that are, in fact, predominately Black! With that in mind, It would not surprise me in the least, that this particular homeowner, is a person of color.

    I'm not condoning it, but ruling that the persons intent was racist, might be stretching it.
  • Boris Badinov 2011/10/21 23:07:19
    Yes
    Boris Badinov
    +2
    palin halloween effigy
    How about mysogynistic..? Or maybe overtly politically liberal..?
  • Mr. Smith 2011/10/21 20:30:23
    No
    Mr. Smith
    +1
    A decoration itself can't be racist, only the person who displayed it. We don't know whether there is racism in his heart or not, for all we know he's black and it was just a Halloween prank. People need to lighten up already!
  • JohnFitzgeral12 2011/10/21 20:20:29
    No
    JohnFitzgeral12
    +1
    I think it's racist that most ghosts you see are white. Is Purgatory not a member of the EEOC?
  • Murph 2011/10/21 20:08:02
    Yes
    Murph
    +2
    Anything can be racist. Just ask Al Sharpton.
  • Jimbo 2011/10/21 20:03:43
    Yes
    Jimbo
    Far more worrisome is can jury selection in Alabama be racist.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/wor...
  • Reality-Check 2011/10/21 19:13:28
  • mambotango 2011/10/21 18:05:00
    Undecided
    mambotango
    +2
    Did Charles really say 'ain't'?

    I don't know if these people really intended for it be offensive but I think that a Halloween decoration can be racist if that was the intent.

    On an unrelated note: I hate the use of the word 'offended'. Being offended is a personal choice.
  • Dale 2011/10/21 17:57:41
    Undecided
    Dale
    +1
    We have lost a generation, maybe a generation and one-half, due to political correctness. Skins have grown so thin that the slightest pin-prick can cause great bleeding. It is time to start to grow some thicker skin before the DNA is diluted to the point that one can not.
  • DiViews2014 2011/10/21 17:56:59
    Undecided
    DiViews2014
    Anything can be overdone and there will always be somebody willing to do it.
  • Paige 2011/10/21 17:53:16
    Undecided
    Paige
    +7
    I don't find it racist, but very distasteful. They will make him take it down, but the homeowner that did this one refused to and was not made to, because it was Sarah Palin..........just sayin'

    halloween sarah palin hanging
  • Simeon~... Paige 2011/10/21 18:24:31 (edited)
    Simeon~thegayliberal
    Yeah, but the KKK didn't have a history of lynching wealthy white women as much as they did black people...

    Can't people see anything in context?
  • Hobbitt... Simeon~... 2011/10/21 20:44:36
    Hobbitt / Oldsquid
    I am as white as Mrs. Palin and just the fact that I am a Jew would have meant a lynching by the KKK as fast as if I were Black...so your point is not as valid as you think.
  • Paige Simeon~... 2011/10/21 23:57:57
    Paige
    Since I am not Protestant, the KKK would have little use for me too. Are you choosing to address anyone who says they don't think it's racist? I'm sorry, but I think it's tacky..........hanging anything like that is tacky. Tacky, yes........racist, no.
  • Simeon~... Paige 2011/10/22 00:23:32 (edited)
    Simeon~thegayliberal
    I'm saying that comparing hanging a black person in a tree (which has symbolic meaning in America, as a reference to lynchings and racist acts) to hanging Sarah Palin in a tree which is a political statement (I agree it's tacky as well) is not a valid comparison and if you can't see the difference, then I don't know what to say. Both are tacky, yes, both are tasteless. But one references a violent racist past and one doesn't.
  • Paige Simeon~... 2011/10/22 00:56:31
    Paige
    I don't see the scarecrow as black, unless I am missing something. I am not that analytical on Halloween, sorry........both are tacky and tasteless. Why should outrage demand one be taken down and one not? How about if we are "consistent" as a people and say "foul".......????? Rather than always making a racial issue out of things, let's all be the "human" race.
  • Hobbitt... Paige 2011/10/21 20:42:52
    Hobbitt / Oldsquid
    +3
    When it is an L/P doing it they accept it as a joke when it is a conservative doing it, it is automatically racist.
  • Paige Hobbitt... 2011/10/21 23:58:18
    Paige
    BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... :)
  • Hobbitt... Paige 2011/10/22 00:01:30
    Hobbitt / Oldsquid
    +1
    Just sayin
  • Paige Hobbitt... 2011/10/22 00:06:21
    Paige
    Hypocrisy unfortunately, runs rampant through the Liberal gene pool. Many raves to you if I could Sir Hobbitt.......:)
  • Hobbitt... Paige 2011/10/22 00:08:22
    Hobbitt / Oldsquid
    +1
    I thank you Paige..

    here For kicks...

    ron
  • Paige Hobbitt... 2011/10/22 00:56:52
    Paige
    Love Ronnie..........thank you!!!
  • Hobbitt... Paige 2011/10/22 14:48:54
    Hobbitt / Oldsquid
    +1
    We need another Ronnie...
  • Paige Hobbitt... 2011/10/22 16:26:44
    Paige
    You are so right!!!
  • Hobbitt... Paige 2011/10/22 16:27:23
    Hobbitt / Oldsquid
    +1
    right now the closest we can come is Cain
  • Paige Hobbitt... 2011/10/22 16:28:39
    Paige
    He was in my area the last couple days. I wish I had known, I would have gone to hear him speak. I know he'll be back......
  • Hobbitt... Paige 2011/10/22 16:36:56
  • Paige Hobbitt... 2011/10/22 16:40:56
    Paige
    I hadn't ........that's pretty cool !!
  • Hobbitt... Paige 2011/10/22 16:43:21
    Hobbitt / Oldsquid
    +1
    I thought so too.
  • Paige Hobbitt... 2011/10/22 16:43:51
    Paige
    Thanks for sharing
  • Hobbitt... Paige 2011/10/22 16:47:48
    Hobbitt / Oldsquid
    +1
    Any time
  • Simeon~... Hobbitt... 2011/10/22 00:27:01
    Simeon~thegayliberal
    Or because one is a black person hanging from a tree and one is Sarah Palin. They have completely different connotations. Both are tasteless, I agree. But one has connotations of a violent racist past and one doesn't.
  • Hobbitt... Simeon~... 2011/10/22 00:30:35
    Hobbitt / Oldsquid
    +1
    Then answer me this why when an L/P does it is it considered a joke..HA HA! all in fun...When a conservative does it is is racist...nope the double standard does not fly.
  • TasselLady 2011/10/21 17:52:52
    Yes
    TasselLady
    It depends on the decoration. When I see a figure suspended from a tree, it makes me think about how horrible black men and women were treated back in the day. They were hung by the KKK and other groups like them, and for some people that type of a decoration would cause bad memories of that. Personally I would choose a different decoration and avoid those kinds if at all possible.

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