[[This thing in Louisiana, then a teacher in New York, now this. Do people not really remember what black people have been through in this country?? And we’re ALWAYS CENTIMETERS away from insensitivity.]]
Hanging Dummy Removed After Complaints—By DINESH RAMDE (Associated Press Writer)
From Associated Press—October 16, 2007 6:10 PM EDT
GREENFIELD, Wis. - A dark mannequin hung from a noose as part of a homeowner’s Halloween display drew complaints from members of the local black community, prompting the homeowner to remove it.
The clothed dummy had black gloves and a black head, prompting some to complain it was an affront to black residents. Nooses are racially charged symbols of lynchings in the Old South and have appeared in a number of recent incidents around the country.
Lenard Wells, the director of adult education at Concordia University South Center and a prominent member of the local black community, said a number of people complained to him last week about the display and that he was shocked when he went to see it.
“Sometimes we may forget we may be only a few blocks away from insensitivity,” he said. “The question becomes, why couldn’t they see the insensitivity of this Halloween display?”
A woman who lives at the home refused to identify herself Tuesday.