UHHH  10:08 am October 21, 2011

White Lady Can’t See Why Black ‘Scarecrow’ Hung By Noose Is Racist

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

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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ManchuCandidate October 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

"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 October 21, 2011 at 10:22 am

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 October 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

It makes for a tighter Va-Jay-Jay…

AJWjr. October 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Oh, Smeegol!

DahBoner October 21, 2011 at 10:36 am

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 October 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

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

Generation[redacted] October 21, 2011 at 11:57 am

Wasn't Kleagle one of the Banana Splits?

Boojum_Reborn October 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Yeah. The Kenyan muslim one.

BaldarTFlagass October 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

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

OC_Surf_Serf_#OLA October 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

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

Biel_ze_Bubba October 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm

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 October 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Should of hung a Wall Street banker.

fxd

Negropolis October 22, 2011 at 1:46 am

That's not class trascendence!

johnnyzhivago October 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

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

horsedreamer_1 October 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm

CHEESY POOFS!!!

the_problem_child October 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm

No! They're spooks. You know, ghosts…

donner_froh October 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

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

Fare la Volpe October 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

If they were offended.

hagajim October 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

My God, I thought Michael Jackson already died.

AJWjr. October 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Now we're going after his doctor.

x111e7thst October 21, 2011 at 10:13 am

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

bureaucrap October 21, 2011 at 10:13 am

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

johnnyzhivago October 21, 2011 at 10:14 am

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

Indiepalin October 21, 2011 at 10:14 am

Strange Fruit my ass.

powersuit October 21, 2011 at 11:32 am

Billie Holiday ref FTW!

ProudLibunatic October 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

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. October 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Yeah, didn't see that coming.

tcaalaw October 22, 2011 at 11:31 am

Leave Marcus Bachmann alone!

LesBontemps October 21, 2011 at 10:14 am

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

BaldarTFlagass October 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

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

weejee October 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

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

the_problem_child October 21, 2011 at 8:32 pm

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

Mumbletypeg October 21, 2011 at 10:15 am

Why do the tree trimming racists hate Ziggy Marley?

DahBoner October 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

Because Love is his religion.

Makes Christians want to kill somebody….

tessiee October 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Because of that song, "Tomorrow People".

GunToting[Redacted] October 21, 2011 at 10:15 am

Strange fruitcake.

Chichikovovich October 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

I'm writing that one down.

SorosBot October 21, 2011 at 10:15 am

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 October 21, 2011 at 10:39 am

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

Pristine_ODummy October 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Um …when you've killed off all the n******s?

tessiee October 21, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Meesa think lady fulla doo-doo.

OneYieldRegular October 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

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

BaldarTFlagass October 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

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

starfanglednut October 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Hanging a black dummy fwum a twee? Excewent idear!

CapnFatback October 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm

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

Boojum_Reborn October 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

That scarecrow was obviously white, just like Michael.

prommie October 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

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 October 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

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

hagajim October 21, 2011 at 10:20 am

Are you racist if you fail to comprehend the issue?

ManchuCandidate October 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

No, just tragically pathetically and sometimes humorously cognitive dissonant.

ProudLibunatic October 21, 2011 at 11:44 am

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

Beowoof October 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm

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

Biel_ze_Bubba October 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm

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

emmelemm October 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm

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 October 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Dissembling. Yes.

emmelemm October 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Oooh! My brain obviously took Friday off early.

Come here a minute October 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

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

emmelemm October 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm

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

carlgt1 October 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

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

Gratuitous World October 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

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

hagajim October 21, 2011 at 10:21 am

But a tree grew there.

DahBoner October 21, 2011 at 10:33 am

Are there trees in a museum there?

AJWjr. October 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

And a rose.

V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡ October 21, 2011 at 10:21 am

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!

Pristine_ODummy October 21, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Those Jooz! What a wacky sensayuma!

Chillwaver October 21, 2011 at 10:23 am

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

Hurricane Ali October 21, 2011 at 10:36 am

OT, but I like your Hall and Oates avatar.

Chillwaver October 21, 2011 at 10:43 am

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

Hurricane Ali October 21, 2011 at 10:47 am

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.

Chillwaver October 21, 2011 at 10:54 am

Speaking of Hipster Douchebags, need any further proof that Hipsterism is dead?Check this out:
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/20

el_donaldo October 21, 2011 at 10:24 am

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 October 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm

African-American mannequin victimized by the failed educational system.

(You forgot to blame somebody.)

DaRooster October 21, 2011 at 10:24 am

"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.

Pristine_ODummy October 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm

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

CapnFatback October 21, 2011 at 10:24 am

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 October 21, 2011 at 10:58 am

Agreed on all points.

CapnFatback October 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

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 October 21, 2011 at 10:25 am

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

donner_froh October 21, 2011 at 10:26 am

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 October 21, 2011 at 10:32 am

CLASS WARFARE!!!

Boojum_Reborn October 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm

No no no…Class LYNCHING. Very different.

DahBoner October 21, 2011 at 10:32 am

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

freakishlywrong October 21, 2011 at 10:35 am

"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 October 21, 2011 at 10:45 am

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. October 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm

The fuck?

yyyaz October 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm

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 October 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm

He was joking, people.

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

Biel_ze_Bubba October 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm

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 October 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

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 October 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm

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

Dok-cupy Everything October 21, 2011 at 10:50 am

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

Pristine_ODummy October 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm

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 October 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

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 October 21, 2011 at 11:05 am

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

BornInATrailer October 21, 2011 at 11:05 am

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 October 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

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

jus_wonderin October 21, 2011 at 11:33 am

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] October 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

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

Steverino247 October 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Apparently "that" version is uniquely American, but the counting game is pretty wide spread: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eeny,_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 October 21, 2011 at 11:25 am

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 October 21, 2011 at 11:25 am

"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] October 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm

BROWN SUGAR LIBEL1!!!11!1

Indiepalin October 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Except for "Some Girls"

tessiee October 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm

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

BerkeleyBear October 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

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 October 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm

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

An_Outhouse October 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm

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 October 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm

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 October 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm

He had Ass Burgers!

tessiee October 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

"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…

Pristine_ODummy October 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm

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 October 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

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

An_Outhouse October 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm

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

Pristine_ODummy October 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Cunts and bitches, too. Also fags and dykes.

proudgrampa October 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm

“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.

Pristine_ODummy October 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Wait till you see her live on camera.

starfanglednut October 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm

She doesn't want to be labelled as racist.

owhatever October 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm

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

finallyhappy October 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Let's not insult the Zombies, please!

axmxz October 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

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 October 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm

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 October 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

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

Thedongsofwar October 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Ease on down/ease on down the roooooooooad

MadBrahms October 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm

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 October 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

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

Pristine_ODummy October 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm

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 October 22, 2011 at 1:54 am

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.

Pristine_ODummy October 21, 2011 at 9:23 pm

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

ttommyunger October 21, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Lynching Libel!

Negropolis October 22, 2011 at 1:49 am

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

gurukalehuru October 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

Not black, therefore not racist.

Warpde October 24, 2011 at 12:35 am

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

Tommy1733 October 24, 2011 at 12:25 pm

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.

Hurricane Ali October 21, 2011 at 11:05 am

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

finallyhappy October 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

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

Pristine_ODummy October 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm

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

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