Halloween Decoration Or Racial Statement?

October 1st, 2010 by Staff

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 Kathy’s Produce is an offensive reminder of the lynching of blacks.

Stand manager Charlie Pennington said the mannequin is the same one they’ve been using for years, except that this year they’ve added a wig and a dress.

Someone called the Orange County Sheriff’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.

“It’s not a brown mask, it’s not a black mask, it was a white mask and it’s turned gray now,” said Pennington.

“I don’t know if its white, black, green or purple. It’s the hanging, let’s not do that,” said one passerby.

One Response

  1. JEFF

    Geez, get over it, dumbasses!!

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