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Store removes Halloween prop after complaint
thnt.com ^ | 09/25/07 | PAMELA SROKA-HOLZMANN

Posted on 09/25/2007 5:46:20 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3

Teacher declares doll hanging from noose in Watchung is racist:

WATCHUNG — The owner of a Halloween costume store here said a window display depicting a man hanging from a noose will be removed after a Scotch Plains woman complained, saying it was appalling and racist.

Delores Jackson, a fifth-grade teacher at the Charles H. Skillman Elementary School in Plainfield, said the display she saw Sunday in the window at the Halloween Scene store in the Blue Star Shopping Center on Route 22 West depicted a stuffed doll resembling a black man, wearing a labor suit and hanging from a noose.

"They are selling this particular display like spiders hanging from the ceiling. . . . I took offense by a black man being hung in a display window," Jackson said.

Jackson and her son, J.J. Jackson, 24, entered the store after seeing the display and asked a clerk about it. The inflatable "hanging victim" costume is manufactured by California-based First Imperial Trading Company, and resembles a "decaying person," said Robert Lap, store operator.

The costume often is used at haunted houses to create a "special graveyard effect," a store employee said Monday.

Lap said the display is nothing more than a "Halloween prop," and that Jackson was the only person in Halloween Scene's 30 stores in New York and New Jersey to complain about it.

How people perceive the display is "in the eye of the beholder," he said.

"Honestly, I didn't think of it (being racist in nature) until it was brought to me yesterday," Lap said. "I know myself; I am not a racist. It's simply a Halloween prop."

Lap confirmed later Monday that it would be removed from all Halloween Scene stores.

"(We're removing it) for obvious reasons," he said.

A media representative for First Imperial Trading Company said Monday that the company manufactures about 800 Halloween items and was unsure about the "hanging victim" display.

Jackson said she was especially concerned about the display appearing just days after civil-rights concerns in Louisiana over the Jena Six.

Jena Six refers to a group of six black teenagers who were accused in the Dec. 4, 2006, beating of a white teenager in Jena, La. They were arrested and charged with felonies. The white teenager was said to have taunted the black students previously with racial slurs, and nooses were hung from a tree in front of the students' high school.

"It's advertising that this (mocking a hanging) is OK," Jackson said.

She also was concerned about the display's proximity to a neighboring store that sells school supplies to parents, teachers and children.

Monday's incident represented another local concern about perceptions of racism. Last week, Assemblyman Jerry Green, D-Plainfield, asked the Union County Prosecutor's Office to investigate what a Plainfield man said was a racial epithet printed on a receipt for a cell phone that was bought at a Plainfield store.

When city resident Nykii Southerland, 27, went to the U.S. 1 Wireless store at 102 W. Front St., the phrase "good morning MY NIGGAS U.S. 1 HOLLA BAK" appeared on his receipt next to an otherwise unspecified charge for $25.

Victor Vaibak, owner of the U.S. 1 Wireless store, said Monday that the clerk who printed the phrase on the receipt has been fired.

"It really freaked me out. I lost my mind when I heard this," Vaibak said. "I feel very bad. This is not the way we run business. I want to apologize deeply to the guy, that's all I can say."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: crybaby; datsracist; halloweenracism; jersey; noosemadness; ooohscary; prop; racismcomplaint; store; waaaaaah

1 posted on 09/25/2007 5:46:24 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3
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To: TornadoAlley3

Hanging victims and ghosts in nooses on Haloween is traditional. I am SO flipping SICK of this!


2 posted on 09/25/2007 5:59:08 AM PDT by cake_crumb (May I never live to see the day America has a 'popular war'. God bless our troops.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Some individuals certainly view themselves with low esteem, demand special treatment and see everything as an opportunity to demonstrate why they have such low esteem.


3 posted on 09/25/2007 6:00:00 AM PDT by ghostrider
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To: TornadoAlley3

Our society is slowly being lobotomized.


4 posted on 09/25/2007 6:00:22 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: cake_crumb
Hanging victims and ghosts in nooses on Halloween is traditional. I am SO flipping SICK of this!

So all those criminals hung in the Wild West were black? I never knew that...Mussolini was black? The things one learns from Liberals is astounding. /sarc

Agree on the sickness. Now they're just being control freaks, nothing to do with race.

5 posted on 09/25/2007 6:03:12 AM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10
YO HOLLA BAK!

If there is a crime here, it is an egregious spelling crime.

6 posted on 09/25/2007 6:05:50 AM PDT by -=SoylentSquirrel=-
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To: TornadoAlley3
If Halloween Scene wants to sell me their display models for a price I would be happy to take them.

Halloween is my Christmas of retail. The mixed community my store is located in would offer no objections to rotting flesh, no matter what the perceived color.

Some of the real things are always hanging around.

7 posted on 09/25/2007 6:05:52 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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To: -=SoylentSquirrel=-

What are YOU talking about?


8 posted on 09/25/2007 6:12:25 AM PDT by madison10
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To: TornadoAlley3
Charles H. Stillman Elementary School

100% Black/Hispanic, 0% White, 0% Asian

100% Eligibility for free/reduced cost lunches

100% Perpetual Victim Class

9 posted on 09/25/2007 6:14:02 AM PDT by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: TornadoAlley3

Well, Ms. Jackson, did you get your 15 seconds of fame?

I see now we are going to have to listen to this woman’s rants due to her overactive imagination.

Just remember, folks, tearing America apart no matter how stupidly, bit by bit.


10 posted on 09/25/2007 6:16:55 AM PDT by freekitty (/)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Well, Ms. Jackson, did you get your 15 seconds of fame?

I see now we are going to have to listen to this woman’s rants due to her overactive imagination.

Just remember, folks, tearing America apart no matter how stupidly, bit by bit.


11 posted on 09/25/2007 6:16:59 AM PDT by freekitty (/)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Note to management: Satellite stores will NOT display nooses or other simulated hangings. Senior executives have opted for a less controversial, more acceptable imagery in anticipation of the 2007 Halloween season. Managers are encouraged to replace any potentially offensive images, displays or motifs with urine submerged crcifixes and dung smeared madonnas.

That is all.

12 posted on 09/25/2007 6:18:37 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: TornadoAlley3
The inflatable "hanging victim" costume is manufactured by California-based First Imperial Trading Company, and resembles a "decaying person," said Robert Lap, store operator.

And all these years I thought death was the great equalizer. Also, the dead don't move around much, or even get out much.

SO, in either sense of the word, since when did the dead become a "race"?

Pretty soon Haloween'll be morphed into "Christmas in October."

13 posted on 09/25/2007 6:31:17 AM PDT by cake_crumb (May I never live to see the day America has a 'popular war'. God bless our troops.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
http://www.halloweenmonsterlist.info/

Make your own Halloween props, 799 different at above URL.

14 posted on 09/25/2007 6:34:17 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: madison10
"So all those criminals hung in the Wild West were black? I never knew that...Mussolini was black? The things one learns from Liberals is astounding. /sarc"

Exactly. Even worse, this idiot manager folded after ONE COMPLAINT! WHERE in the article did it mention the skin color of the blow up doll? Besides the obvious green and gray, that is? It DIDN'T. The blowup doll therefore did not in any way, shape or form signify ANY race.

If the manager had asked when the dead had become a race, or WHY the moonbat thought it signified any race and left the thing up for everyone else to enjoy, he'd have been a whole lot smarter, IMO.

He folded because of the rent-a-riot down south. I've never found a list of the assaulted and battered boy's injuries or just how the crew that assaulted him knew he was guilty, or if he was being racist, or if it was an early Haloween prank...last Sarutday Hubby and I drove by a house that had a HUGE Halloween party going on. All the trimmings, including ghosts hanging from the trees. Whatever their reasone for having a Halloween party on the first day of fall, they have a right to do so.

15 posted on 09/25/2007 6:40:08 AM PDT by cake_crumb (May I never live to see the day America has a 'popular war'. God bless our troops.)
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To: madison10
From the article:

"...When city resident Nykii Southerland, 27, went to the U.S. 1 Wireless store at 102 W. Front St., the phrase "good morning MY NIGGAS U.S. 1 HOLLA BAK" appeared on his receipt next to an otherwise unspecified charge for $25...."

For what it's worth, "My Niggas" was a song about 12-15 years ago. I would hear kids sing it in the mall. But anyway, what was the $25 charge for? Hollering back?

16 posted on 09/25/2007 6:41:04 AM PDT by -=SoylentSquirrel=-
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To: TornadoAlley3
"It's advertising that this (mocking a hanging) is OK," Jackson said.

Huh, really?

17 posted on 09/25/2007 6:48:36 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (Don't taze me, bro!!)
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To: -=SoylentSquirrel=-

Yeah, everybody knows that it’s spelled, “Hollabakk!”


18 posted on 09/25/2007 7:06:20 AM PDT by dangus
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19 posted on 09/25/2007 7:56:11 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that it will eat him last..)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Suicide is racist?


20 posted on 09/25/2007 11:18:35 AM PDT by synbad600
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To: TornadoAlley3

Blacks the permanent victims.

We should just go ahead and outlaw Halloween, Westerns, History & rope.


21 posted on 09/25/2007 11:33:22 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Dumpster Baby
100% Black/Hispanic, 0% White, 0% Asian

What the libs would call "highly diverse".

22 posted on 09/25/2007 11:35:11 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Some people have no other purpose in life than to stir up $#&@.


23 posted on 09/25/2007 11:37:58 AM PDT by uglybiker (relaxing in a luxuriant cloud of quality, aromatic, pre-owned tobacco essence)
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To: TornadoAlley3

I suspect it will not be long before there’s a cry from the victim crowd to change the name of the Neuse River in S.E. NC.


24 posted on 09/25/2007 11:38:36 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (Reunite Gondwanaland!)
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