Halloween display with ‘black man’ hanging from noose causes outrage

By David Edwards
Thursday, October 21, 2010 11:52 EDT
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A Missouri man removed his Halloween decorations Wednesday at the request of the Scott County sheriff because they were suspected of being a public disturbance.

A Klu Klux Klan figure and the depiction of a black man being lynched were featured in the display.

Rick Hoskins told KFVS that he puts the decorations up every year as a sign of “white pride.”

“There’s been a bunch of people that’s stopped by since I put them up,” explained Hoskins. “Said they want to shake my hand. They said they’re glad to see a little white pride is still left in this country.”

Sheriff Rick Walter asked Rick Hoskins to remove the decorations after receiving several complaints. Hoskins agreed but promised to contact his attorney.

“It’s freedom of expression,” said Hoskins. “They’re my Halloween decorations.”

“I understand it’s freedom of speech,” one woman told KFVS. “But he needs to get over it.”

This video is from KFVS, broadcast Oct. 20, 2010.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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