With Halloween coming up, it’s reasonable to expect to see spooky decor decorating the yards of your neighbors. However, one Florida homeowner took it too far and outraged his neighbors and the online community after hanging dummies in his tree representing the unmistakable image of lynching.
According to WSVN, the Kendall, Florida homeowner hung two dummies both dressed in pants and hoodies in the front yard of his home in Three Lakes. The dummies also appeared to be dark skinned.
The homeowner also has a sign in his yard promoting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The sign can be seen behind the hanging dummies in a photograph that has since went viral.
The Miami’s New Times reported and described the scene:
‘There needs to be a hell of a lot of hate in your heart to think lynching people on Halloween is funny. And yet, here we are, Miami. A homeowner in Three Lakes, a small community in suburban Kendall, is celebrating the holiday by lynching two black-looking dummies in his or her yard. It’s also impossible to ignore what’s just in front of the display on the same lawn: A “Trump/Pence 2016” sign.
The two men are faceless, but their skin appears to be dark. They’re each wearing traditionally “hip-hop” clothing: One of the dead men has a sports jersey on and a crooked baseball cap, and the other has his pants sagged low. Black activists have been circulating the photos on Facebook all day and calling for a quick response from the neighborhood.’
The neighborhood property manager, Orelys Canas, spoke with The Miami’s New Times and assured them the homeowner had been contacted and was asked to take down the egregious display. Canas stated, “The board of directors of the community has already taken action by asking the homeowner to take it down … giving resident proper notice to remove it and now waiting for the homeowner to respond.”
The homeowner, however, tried to reach out to the local news agencies to try to pass the display off as tolerant. They also displayed a sign outside of the display that read, “Please don’t be ignorant it’s Halloween.”
You can watch news footage from WSVN below.
Featured image from Miami’s New Times.