A bar owner in Pennsylvania defended putting up a “Halloween” decoration that appeared to depict a black man being hung by claiming it was supposed to be a devil.
Images of the disturbing decoration at the Kickstand bar in Elizabeth that showed a mask the owner claims is of a devil but that many onlookers said looks like a black man went viral on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit.
“Kickstand Bar in Elizabeth has insanely racist decor,” read the subject line on a post in the r/Pittsburgh subreddit.
“According to them it represents the devil,” a Twitter user wrote in a post accompanied by a photo of the decoration. “According to me it’s racism.”
There is a bar in Elizabeth, PA called Kickstand. They currently have a noose hanging up with a black person mask in it. According to them it represents the devil. According to me it’s racism. Photo attached. # of the bar is 412-384-3080 ☎️ pic.twitter.com/tYPkH42l8Q
— Ashlyn🌹 (@ashlynbrierre) November 9, 2018
One Facebook user also claimed she walked out on her check when she saw the decoration at the bar.