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

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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    1. 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?

      1. 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…

    1. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

    1. 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?

  3. 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!

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      African-American mannequin victimized by the failed educational system.

      (You forgot to blame somebody.)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

      1. 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.

  6. DahBoner

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

    1. 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?

    2. 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.

      1. 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.

    3. tessiee

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

    1. Pristine_ODummy

      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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Steverino247

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

    1. 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.

    2. Steverino247

      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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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."

    1. tessiee

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

  14. 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.

    1. CapnFatback

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

    2. 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.

      1. 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.

    3. 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…

    4. Pristine_ODummy

      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.

  15. 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.

  16. owhatever

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

  17. 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.)

  18. 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."

  19. 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.

  20. Pristine_ODummy

    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?

    1. 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.

  21. 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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