Police recently removed a Halloween display from the front yard of a home in Brooklyn because of accusations that it promoted racism. The controversial display was a scarecrow, painted to have dark skin, hanging by a rope from a tree in front of the house.
While some neighbors said the homeowner, who was not named, gets into the spirit of Halloween every year and meant no harm by the display, local councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn) argued it was reminiscent of a lynching.
Barron said: “It’s unacceptable. 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.”
What do you think, is the display racist, or does the homeowner have the right to his Halloween decorations on his property?