Mailman Refuses To Deliver Man's Mail Because Of 'Offensive' Front Yard Halloween Decoration

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Richard Beatty, a homeowner from Brentwood, New York, is currently on a heated debate over with his local postal office due to his “offensive” Halloween decoration that featured a skeleton hanging over a noose in a makeshift wooden plank resembling gallows.

Beatty states that he has been decorating his house in Brentwood for quite a few years now, and he specializes in hand-making his decorations each year before proudly plastering them outside every Hallow’s Eve.

This year, however, had been different, when he received a knock at his doorstep.

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“The postmaster himself came here and knocked on my door and said he was suspending my mail until I took this stuff down, and I said, do what you have to do because I’m not taking it down,” he says in his interview at CBS2 with Carolyn Gusoff.

“I think it’s ridiculous … It’s not meant to be racist. It’s not meant to offend anybody. It’s here to be scary, spooky. It’s a graveyard. It’s spooky. It’s Halloween. That’s what it’s all about,” Beatty retaliates.

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But his mailman and a few neighbors do disagree to his statement, and believe the decoration was quite off-putting, as the symbolism of the hanged man is often considered racially offensive to the African-American race whereas the symbol had a deep history of lynching on America’s painful history.

“It isn’t just a Halloween decoration. He needs to take it down because he’s disrespecting the other African-American neighbors,” a neighbor said.

“Maybe it’s just for decoration, but at the same time, you know, in the age that we live in, you never know,” another person said.

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“If it’s not in danger in any way, I mean, slip and fall on ice or if there was a dog here or something like that, nothing,” Beatty’s neighbor, Stephen Ondrusek said.

“It’s a prop. It’s just a prop, like all these other things,” Beatty finally states, and believes that his mailman is just overly-sensitive to the matter.

Sources: CBS New York / Photo Credit: CBS New York

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