Halloween Decoration Or Racial Statement?
APOPKA, Fla. — A specific Halloween decoration outside of an Apopka produce stand on Highway 441 is causing quite a stir.
Some people say a mannequin with a noose around its neck at Kathyâ€™s Produce is an offensive reminder of the lynching of blacks.
Stand manager Charlie Pennington said the mannequin is the same one theyâ€™ve been using for years, except that this year theyâ€™ve added a wig and a dress.
Someone called the Orange County Sheriffâ€™s Office about the display this week. Two deputies who came out to the produce stand advised the owner to take down the mannequin for her own safety.
Employees were quick to point out that the owner has a gun, security cameras and guard dogs.
The owner said all of the Halloween decorations, including the mannequin, would come down, but not until Nov. 1.
Pennington claims the mannequin is not meant to represent a black person.
â€œIt’s not a brown mask, it’s not a black mask, it was a white mask and it’s turned gray now,â€ said Pennington.
“I don’t know if its white, black, green or purple. It’s the hanging, let’s not do that,â€ said one passerby.