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On Thursday, WRAL reported that a community in Harnett County, North Carolina is up in arms over a Halloween decoration that appears to depict a man hanging from a tree.
"This display, shared hundreds of times on Facebook, shows what appears to be a fully-dressed man with his hands tied behind his back hanging from a tree outside a home in Coats," said the report. "Investigators with the Harnett County’s Sheriff Office tell WRAL the family says it was Halloween decoration meant to look like a farmer. Some residents say the display had racist undertones."
According to the report, the family, which is Hispanic, has taken down the decoration after it prompted social media outrage and an investigation by the county sheriff's office. "Investigators said the family took down the display after realizing the hurt it caused within the community. They go on to say there aren’t policies banning such displays on private property."
"Those who saw it in person said this hits close to home for families of color," said the report. "'My daughter is biracial — she’s Black, white and Indian, and I don’t want her growing up seeing these things,' said Jenni Byrd."
While this display may not have had ill intent, racist Halloween decorations have caused controversy around the country over the years.
In 2017, a Virginia Halloween yard display that appeared to depict a Black man being lynched triggered protests. A similar display in 2018 was put up by the owner of the Kickstand bar in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, although the bar claimed that the hanged individual was supposed to be the Devil.
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Conservative Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito this week responded to criticism from his liberal counterparts on the nation’s highest court.
“It goes without saying that everyone is free to express disagreement with our decisions and to criticize our reasoning as they see fit,” Alito told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. “But saying or implying that the court is becoming an illegitimate institution or questioning our integrity crosses an important line.”
CNN noted that it “is rare for a justice to issue such a statement when asked for comment about an ongoing controversy.”
Earlier this year, Justice Elena Kagan said that the Supreme Court was losing its connection with the public. “That is a dangerous thing for democracy,” she added.
The conservative-dominated court has faced intense criticism after overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that enshrined a woman's right to an abortion, saying that individual states can now permit or restrict the procedure themselves.
"The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives," the court said.
In the majority opinion, Alito said "abortion presents a profound moral issue on which Americans hold sharply conflicting views.
"The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion," he said.
The opinion shredded the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling by the nation's highest court that said women had the right to abortion based on the constitutional right to privacy over their own bodies.
The ruling was made possible by the nomination of three conservative justices to the court by former Republican president Donald Trump -- Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
With additional reporting by AFP
Trump 'exploded in anger' after being grilled over his relationship with Putin before 2016 election: new book
A new book says Donald Trump "exploded in anger" after an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos before the 2016 election, HuffPost reports.
Stephanopoulos grilled Trump over his alleged relationship with Vladimir Putin, and once the cameras turned off, "storm clouds came over Trump’s face," Maggie Haberman writes in her new book Confidence Man.
“Eight f***ing follow-ups — are you f***ing kidding me?” Trump reportedly snarled. "It’s like asking me if I beat my wife. You ask me once, I say ‘F*** no,’ and we move on. You don’t then ask if I hit her with a f***ing baseball bat or a fucking golf club. That was bullsh** and you better f***ing fix it in the edit."
Trump then "exploded” when Stephanopoulos later “chuckled” and said his team told him “I didn’t ask you enough” about Russia, Haberman writes.
“Are you f***ing kidding me? Eighteen fucking follow-ups — how many different ways do I have to say I don’t know the guy?” Trump fire back.
Read more excerpts from the book over at CNN.