All part of the fun, kids!

A racist nutjob prankster in Brooklyn thought Halloween-tyme would be the perfect occasion to hang a black dummy from a city tree by a noose and hope everyone would pass off a creepy lynching as a spooky “scarecrow,” for laffs and racism. HAR HAR? No, black residents were mysteriously not entertained by the joke, and the cops were forced to show up to cut it down, just like in the olden days. But one white lady wants to know why everyone has to ruin the fun!

Here is the crazy lady interview, who from the NY1 video news report can be identified as white:

“I don’t think that that portrays lynching. I mean, it’s Halloween, that’s part of the Halloween spirit. When I see a jack-o-lantern with a scary face on, I don’t get scared and think monsters are going to come get me,” said neighbor Nicole Clemente.

Black people and nooses, it’s all part of the terrifying Jesusween spirit! [NY1]

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  • "Big deal! My dad used to dress up in a ghost costume carrying a torch, burn crosses and scream about darkies. That's not racist. NOT ONE BIT!"

    • Boojum_Reborn

      My great-grandmother was a Kleagle in the Texas Klan. No kidding. She outgrew it and raised her children to reject racism.

      The Klan is some seriously fucked up. I mean, Kleagle? Who says that?

      • DaRooster

        It makes for a tighter Va-Jay-Jay…

        • AJWjr.

          Oh, Smeegol!

      • DahBoner

        She outgrew it

        According to evolutionary biology, xenophobia is found most often in young, single men. Once they get older, married and have families, the biological imperative to hate outsiders (to prevent them from mating with your tribal women) goes away…

        • Boojum_Reborn

          Yes, and then they find that it is OK to fuck Messicans and other coloreds.

      • Generation[redacted]

        Wasn't Kleagle one of the Banana Splits?

        • Boojum_Reborn

          Yeah. The Kenyan muslim one.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Hope she doesn't have to read the word "Mexican" in her paper.

  • OC_Surf_Serf_#OLA

    Should of hung a dummy dressed like a Wall Street banker…

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Then she'd have tne NY Post and Faux News giving her a hard time. You can't hang anybody these days without someone bitching about it.

    • tessiee

      Should of hung a Wall Street banker.


      • Negropolis

        That's not class trascendence!

  • And don't even ASK about the grief she's taking over her kid's Klansman costumes!

    • horsedreamer_1


    • the_problem_child

      No! They're spooks. You know, ghosts…

  • The hanged dummy would like to apologize to anyone who was offended.

    • Fare la Volpe

      If they were offended.

  • hagajim

    My God, I thought Michael Jackson already died.

    • AJWjr.

      Now we're going after his doctor.

  • x111e7thst

    That guy in the sheet? Just a ghost! There is no KKK in JeezusWeen.

  • bureaucrap

    Racist lady is now in charge of decor at Rick Perry's hunting lodge.

  • I'm going to hang a dummy dressed as a hedge fund manager on my front lawn!!

  • Indiepalin

    Strange Fruit my ass.

    • powersuit

      Billie Holiday ref FTW!

    • They used a remake of this incredible song on Sons of Anarchy this week, and I was wondering why (for a white biker gang?).
      And then I knew.

      • AJWjr.

        Yeah, didn't see that coming.

    • tcaalaw

      Leave Marcus Bachmann alone!

  • LesBontemps

    Seems to me lynching is more in the spirit of Easter than Halloween.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Maybe if the dummy comes back to life in three days…

    • Gives new meaning to he has risen now don't it?

      • the_problem_child

        I thought that had to do with the leavening he was allowed to have after Passover.

  • Why do the tree trimming racists hate Ziggy Marley?

    • DahBoner

      Because Love is his religion.

      Makes Christians want to kill somebody….

    • tessiee

      Because of that song, "Tomorrow People".

  • GunToting[Redacted]

    Strange fruitcake.

    • Chichikovovich

      I'm writing that one down.

  • SorosBot

    Right, and her kid is going out in blackface and talking like Jar Jar Binks, but that's just part of the fun of the holiday.

    • snackypants

      If you can't have a little fun on Halloween, when *can* you have fun?!?!?

    • tessiee

      Meesa think lady fulla doo-doo.

  • OneYieldRegular

    "The Halloween spirit." So that's what they're calling it these days.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    I want to know what that super-right-wing 10-year-old kid pundit thinks.

    • Hanging a black dummy fwum a twee? Excewent idear!

      • CapnFatback

        "Here's one twick that's sure to be a tweet! A Happy Hawow-wynching!"

  • Boojum_Reborn

    That scarecrow was obviously white, just like Michael.

  • prommie

    Good one, funny. Almost as funny as that time Coretta Scott King presented W Bush with a protrait of Martin Luther King, in the White House, and W said "thank you, I can't wait to hang it." That W, what a card!

  • Beowoof

    Ignorant – check
    racist – check
    failure to comprehend the issue -check
    Teabagger yep..

    • hagajim

      Are you racist if you fail to comprehend the issue?

      • No, just tragically pathetically and sometimes humorously cognitive dissonant.

      • Yes. I'm tired of cutting these assholes some slack.

      • Beowoof

        No just stupid, but then stupid and racist often go together.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        (Racist) + (too stupid to know you're racist) = teabagger

    • emmelemm

      Serious hat on for a minute, isn't it not that they don't comprehend the issue, but that they're purposefully disassembling about recognizing the issue?

      • the_problem_child

        Dissembling. Yes.

        • emmelemm

          Oooh! My brain obviously took Friday off early.

  • Come here a minute

    Crazy lady could have made a scarier scarecrow by putting it in a watermelon patch.

    • emmelemm

      "They're just green pumpkins! Really! Jesus Ween!!"

  • carlgt1

    was this the "lady" with the "Lyin' African" tea bagger sign?

  • Even in Brooklyn, there's nothing ironic about lynching.

    • hagajim

      But a tree grew there.

      • DahBoner

        Are there trees in a museum there?

      • AJWjr.

        And a rose.

  • V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡

    You know what else is hilarious at Halloween, particularly in New York? When all the Jews go around with yellow stars of David painted on their overcoats. You'll laugh till you cry!

  • It's not a Black scarecrow, it's an Alabama Piñata.

    • OT, but I like your Hall and Oates avatar.

      • Thanks. I was lectured earlier on it because apparently, it wasn't ironic enough.

        • Transcend irony, I say. Irony is passe in that 1990-English-Major-Ironic-and-Annoying-Hipster kind of way, just sayin.'

          Your avatar is cool.

          • Speaking of Hipster Douchebags, need any further proof that Hipsterism is dead?Check this out:

          • The "hipster cop" is simultaneously hilarious and annoying – hipsterism is dead, but irony perhaps not so much.

          • finallyhappy

            Hipster?- he looks more like the contemporaries of the Beatles in 60's London

          • I'm having an inexplicable urge to kick Hipster Cop's ass.

  • I think the "black dummy" might just prefer be to called an African-American mannequin, Kirsten. Hey, just giving voice to the voiceless.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      African-American mannequin victimized by the failed educational system.

      (You forgot to blame somebody.)

  • DaRooster

    "When I see a jack-o-lantern with a scary face on, I don’t get scared and think monsters are going to come get me,” said neighbor Nicole Clemente."

    But look out for them pesky gnats… they are annoying.

    • I'll bet when she sees an actual Black Person, she gets scared and crosses the street, tho.

  • CapnFatback

    Here is the crazy lady interview, who from the NY1 video news report can be identified as white

    Well, I suppose that depends upon who is doing the identifying. I'm not sure Ms. Clemente would agree that she is white.

    In fact the whitest things in that video were the hands of the "black" scarecrow.

    That said, when it comes to borderline issues of racism, when in doubt, take the motherfuckin' scarecrow out.

    • Preferred Customer

      Agreed on all points.

      • CapnFatback

        The"news report" is hardly newsworthy or well-reported. I mean, they ran with the story without even talking to the decoration's owner. I certainly don't know, but it seems simply to serve as a platform for a Councilmember's stake in sounding as if he's fighting the good fight.

        Again, I'd error on the side of allaying worries of racism, but I think we're jumping the gun here.

  • fuflans

    brooklyn was just jealous that NJ is getting all the wingnut attention.

  • Now if it was a guy in a three piece suit, Prada shoes and a $200 haircut it would make sense. Wouldn't even have to be a dummy.

    • DahBoner


      • Boojum_Reborn

        No no no…Class LYNCHING. Very different.

  • DahBoner

    What with all the pork pie hats the young kids are wearing lately, I thought Halloween came early this year…..

  • freakishlywrong

    "When I see a jack-o-lantern with a scary face on, I don’t get scared and think monsters are going to come get me,”

    I do, awful racist lady. I think it's John Boner, comin' to fuck us all up the ass again.

  • Dok-cupy Everything

    Completely OT, but I'm surprised Our Wonkette hasn't done anything on Mike Huckabee's amusing bon mots urging vote suppression on an anti-union initiative in Ohio:

    "Make a list. Call them and ask them, 'Are you going to vote for Issue 2 and are you going to vote for it?'" Huckabee advised, according to an audio recording provided by a foe of the initiative. "If they say no, well, you just make sure that they don't go vote. Let the air out of their tires on election day. Tell them the election has been moved to a different date. That's up to you how you creatively get the job done."

    Oh, these hilarious right-wing humorists! I guess I'm just too simple or straitlaced or something to appreciate their wit.

    • AJWjr.

      The fuck?

    • yyyaz

      Did I miss the memo on legalization of abrogation of Constitutional rights by violence? Or is it just advocating against the Constitution by those sworn to uphold it that is now OK?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      He was joking, people.

      -I'm Herb Cain, and I approved this message.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      OT, but wtf is going on with the "You must be logged into Facebook to comment." bullshit that's appearing on more and more web sites? I despise Facebook and all their evil schemes.

      • SorosBot

        The use of that commenting system is awful; I hate having to use it for Think Progress. The only way to use it anonymously is with a Hotmail or Yahoo account, and using them is all fucked up. It's incredibly stupid.

    • tessiee

      That would have been funnier (at least relatively speaking) if they hadn't actually pulled stunts like that in the past.

  • Dok-cupy Everything

    Here in Idaho, the holiday displays don't go in for that kind of subtlety.

    • Jeezus. Poor Dok, stuck in the middle of that frozen white wasteland!

      The article says that same putz handed out bullet casings for Hallowe'en. Let's hope some irate parent puts a bullet in his ass this time. What a schmuck.

  • SaintRond

    Sadly, some people (like at Wonkette) can't accept the changes that the election of Barrack Obama has brought to America. They don't get that Halloween is now simply a way for nice white people with good intentions to amuse their black neighbors by scaring them.

    They aren't "porch monkeys" anymore. Now they're "porch bunkies." So get over it.

  • PubOption

    Since they can't hang the black dummy, perhaps they will consider putting it in a jockey costume.

  • BornInATrailer

    I must be losing my Wonketteness because that doesn't seem like it has anything to do with lynching to me either.

    EDIT: And look how white those hands and feet are. Come on, people. Reactionary snark is (sometimes) boring.

  • Steverino247

    Interesting ad matching. Black dummy hanging and black actor trying to sell me Allstate inurance. Blogads Fail.

    • jus_wonderin

      Have you seen the Allstate commercial where that AA actor says something like "Having trouble finding a company for your home and auto insurance? Enny, Meany, Miney, Moe….?"

      I could not believe he agreed to say that. I have checked with others and their jaws dropped.

      • Generation[redacted]

        You mean it wasn't tigers they were catching in the South? Well I'll be…

    • Steverino247

      Apparently "that" version is uniquely American, but the counting game is pretty wide spread:,_meeny,_miny,_m

      Since the N-word version was probably the most frequently used version in the United States for a long time and since the use of the word is now widely disapproved (except in <insert backwards area/state/region here>), it's no surprise that some folks are upset at hearing those first four words and preparing to cringe at what comes next.

      My preferred version is from Natual Born Killers and substitutes "Redneck" for that other word.

  • Guppy06

    Unless the lady is running for office or put the name "Herman Cain" on the "scarecrow," I'm missing how this is "political." Or "news" for that matter, but that's something different.

  • poncho_pilot

    "When I see a black person with a scary face on–all of them, Katie–I get scared and think blacks are going to come get me,” said neighbor Nicole Clemente. "That's why all of my walls are painted white and I don't listen to the Rolling Stones."

    • Generation[redacted]

      BROWN SUGAR LIBEL1!!!11!1

    • Indiepalin

      Except for "Some Girls"

    • tessiee

      Mr. Burns: Have the Rolling Stones killed.
      Smithers: But Sir, those aren't…
      Mr. Burns: DO AS I SAY!!

  • BerkeleyBear

    I will say that I lived near a guy who was really into Halloween – he probably had developmental disability issues like Asperger's and this was his fixation. Hehad multiple corpse mannequins on his lawn – one was hanging, one was in the electric chair, one under a gulillotine. One of them had a gray face (one of the others was covered and the third was just a head in a basket), which I assumed meant he had died/zombification. But the local NAACP didn't see it that way and just raked the poor guy over the coals in the media. He was on the verge of tears at the city council meeting where he tried to explain that it wasn't a black body, or at least not intentionally so. But from that day on a number of people assumed he was racist even though he was just a goofball.

    Not for nothing – I got no clue what this lady was thinking – but a corpse at Halloween does not always a hate crime make.

    • CapnFatback

      In my considerable ethnic mannequin decorating experience, I have found that black scarecrows don't typically sport Ashton Kutcher's haircut.

    • An_Outhouse

      I kind of see your point – but when have people been hanged in this country other than lynchings? I can sympathize with the other displays because I love Halloween but I never considered hanging anything like that – no matter what the color.

      • BerkeleyBear

        Well, in this case the hanging was on a gibbet – ie the standard form of execution throughout England and the US for most of the 18th and 19th Centuries (bullets being too expensive and the headsman having gone out of favor in the late 1600s). Public hangings were civic holidays in this country for over a century, designed to instill both fear and some sense of justice in the populace. We've gotten away from it, but we did hang some of the Germans convicted at the Nuremberg Trials (and did it so poorly – maybe because of lack of practice? – that many of the sentences were commuted).

        Also, the term lynching does not necessarily require hanging. A lynching can be any extralegal killing by a mob.

    • Indiepalin

      He had Ass Burgers!

    • tessiee

      "He had multiple corpse mannequins on his lawn – one was hanging, one was in the electric chair, one under a gulillotine."

      "Police Cops"-type show where officer says, "OH, MY GOD! THAT ONE'S NOT A DUMMY!!" in 3… 2…

    • Yeah, I do understand what you're saying, but you'll forgive me for saying that the sight of what appears to be an African-American, to my untutored eye, hanging from a tree, as so many have, in the past, unsettles me greatly. So, should the intent of the Aspie govern here? Or should the reaction of those who might be offended, based on the long and ugly history of racism in this country? You tell me.

  • Wonderthing

    Dang. Now I gotta get rid of that blood spattered lawn jockey.

  • An_Outhouse

    The blacks and browns have no sense of humor. Amirite?

  • proudgrampa

    “I don’t think that that portrays lynching. I mean, it’s Halloween, that’s part of the Halloween spirit. When I see a jack-o-lantern with a scary face on, I don’t get scared and think monsters are going to come get me,” said neighbor Nicole Clemente.

    Oh, Nicole. You are such a cunt.

  • She doesn't want to be labelled as racist.

  • owhatever

    It's a great day in Brooklyn! A woman with the IQ of a zombie doesn't understand something. Amazing.

    • finallyhappy

      Let's not insult the Zombies, please!

  • axmxz

    Let's see: generic teenager clothes, straight hair, brown 'Hi i'm a witch' face, and whitest hands and feet ever. I'm not sure I see a mock-lynching here. Just a very bizarre decoration. I'm guessing that if the face had matched the extremities in color, no one would've said a word. (Which is also fucked up, if you think about it.)

  • sezme

    Said a neighbour, "That image is very disturbing. I wish you’d have chosen something else. I realize that it’s a shameful part of American history that we should never forget, but it’s too much."

    • user-of-owls

      Today's "Turning Point in Wonkette History" is brought to you by…

  • Ease on down/ease on down the roooooooooad

  • MadBrahms

    Now, now, there's nothing racist about any of this. Someone needed to make sure underrepresented minorities made it into halloween decorations. Totally reasonable. Not racist. Nope.

  • tessiee

    So how, exactly, does this relate to Jesus Ween?

  • OT, but Wonketz, the next time some ad starts playing itself when I come here, I will just shut down the fucking window and open a new one. I am NOT interested in autoplay ads, in fact I am disinterested in them WITH EXTREME FUCKING PREJUDICE. So cut it out, OK?

    • Negropolis

      I know exactly what you mean. My home computer already runs Wonkette slow enough as it is without having to put up with auto-play video ads.

  • They shoulda put shackles and chains on it. For FREEDUMB!

  • ttommyunger

    Lynching Libel!

  • Negropolis

    I don't know. That dummy looks a little Malay (Asian), to me…

  • Not black, therefore not racist.

  • Warpde

    She wasn't, by chance, throwing cats at the reporter while making that statement?

  • Tommy1733

    That stuffed figure has no black-looking features. The racism is in the eyes of those who object to it. The fact that some people find it offensive, as the group of African-American guys interviewed apparently do, to me means they should discuss it. I don't see lynching or any racial comment in it myself. And it also tells me that some people are being too sensitive about this, in my opinion.

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