Porch ‘Lynching’ Riles Neighbors
BAY CITY, Mich. – Residents in a Bay City neighborhood are up in arms over a dummy hanging from a noose on the porch of a man’s house, Saginaw TV station WNEM reported.
Neighbors claim the display is racist and too graphic for a family neighborhood.
“To have a lynching of a dummy on a front porch, obviously, you know, it’s black people, and it’s offensive,” said Sasha Robinson, who had just driven past the home.
At first, the city said the man’s display could stay, citing his First Amendments rights. But with more complaints from residents pouring in, officials are giving the bloody, lynched figure a second look.
People living near the home said the display has been there for years, but time hasn’t kept it from continuing to shock and upset people.
The homeowner, who declined to give his name, said the dummy represents Osama bin Laden and is a political statement.
“It’s nobody’s business but mine,” he said, adding he “doesn’t care” about the people who have to look at it.
“Well, do I look like a racist to you dear, huh? I look like a tired old man, that’s what I look like,” the man told a WNEM reporter.