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New Jersey Family Removes Halloween Hanged Dummy After Public Outcry
AP ^ | October 16, 2007 | AP

Posted on 10/16/2007 1:29:08 PM PDT by Westlander

MADISON, N.J. — Public uproar that compared an image to a lynching has led a Madison family to remove a hanged dummy from its Halloween display.

Cheryl and David Maines fear for their safety.

The couple's 27-year-old son has decorated their home for seven Halloweens. The hanged dummy, which has a black hood, is usually partially hidden.

But police started getting calls on Sunday, saying the display was racist. The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said it was offensive and insensitive.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: dummy; halloween; hanged
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Where's the 'outcry' on ghosts ?
1 posted on 10/16/2007 1:29:10 PM PDT by Westlander
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To: Westlander

They should put up a figure of Kurt Busiek’s “The Hanged Man” and tell people it’s a comic book reference, not a racial one.


2 posted on 10/16/2007 1:30:11 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Westlander

So change the “head” to a white cloth.


3 posted on 10/16/2007 1:30:47 PM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Westlander

So change the “head” to a white cloth.


4 posted on 10/16/2007 1:31:15 PM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Westlander

People really need to unclench.


5 posted on 10/16/2007 1:31:40 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: Westlander
I suppose when you take old white sheets and make "ghosts" out of 'em and hang them in your trees, the thought Police will come down on you saying it reminds them of the KKK, and have you take 'em down.

I can see the day coming when someone puts watermellon rhinds and KFC boxes out on garbage day that they will be arrested for "racist displays"...

"Wake up Amerika !"

6 posted on 10/16/2007 1:33:31 PM PDT by traditional1 (GO TRIBE !)
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To: Westlander

Awesome question.


7 posted on 10/16/2007 1:33:38 PM PDT by YourAdHere (Buy My Book, Bradypalooza, from Amazon.Com)
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To: Westlander

Muslims? making the calls?


8 posted on 10/16/2007 1:33:39 PM PDT by From One - Many (Trust the Old Media At Your Own Risk. I Will Be Voting for Mr. Duncan Hunter, fellow FReepers.)
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To: Spktyr
They should put up a figure of Kurt Busiek’s “The Hanged Man” and tell people it’s a comic book reference, not a racial one.

Facts don't matter to race baiters. People called the Cure song "Killing an Arab" racist when it is blatantly just a description of the pivotal scene in Camus' book "The Stranger," to include mentioning the main character's name at the end of the song.

9 posted on 10/16/2007 1:34:45 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Westlander

“Where’s the ‘outcry’ on ghosts ?”

I saw some ghosts out in someone’s yard display that looked like muslim women in burkas.

The outrage for that is coming.


10 posted on 10/16/2007 1:36:45 PM PDT by brownsfan (America has "jumped the shark")
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To: Westlander

There was a guy in my parents’ neighborhood who put up a manger for Christmas and had a big disclaimer next to it with a list of people/religions he said might find offense.

Then on the last line it said, “I really don’t care if you’re offended...kiss my butt..and Merry Christmas.”


11 posted on 10/16/2007 1:38:52 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: Westlander

Is there anyone in NJ who’s not a moron?


12 posted on 10/16/2007 1:39:24 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: traditional1

Purists in the PC business refuse to read books or newspapers because the words are just arrays of miniscule black dots confined to a field of white.


13 posted on 10/16/2007 1:41:28 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: From One - Many

They would, for Ramadan, hang dhimmis..


14 posted on 10/16/2007 1:42:02 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Westlander

The complainers are the real racists.


15 posted on 10/16/2007 1:45:42 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: Westlander

“The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said it was offensive and insensitive.”

I knew it.


16 posted on 10/16/2007 1:46:11 PM PDT by Hacklehead (I'm not here to make friends.)
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To: theDentist

...Put a Dick Cheney mask on it and they’d be idols to the Left!


17 posted on 10/16/2007 1:48:14 PM PDT by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: endthematrix

Yeah - that would be “protected free speech!” Each day I feel more like we are living in the twilight zone...


18 posted on 10/16/2007 1:50:22 PM PDT by Kylie_04 (not consuming liquids while posting since 2006)
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To: Westlander

“The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said it was offensive and insensitive.”

If it had a Nixon or Bush mask on it, then it’s free speech.


19 posted on 10/16/2007 1:50:55 PM PDT by Spok
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To: Kylie_04

How many Muslims got hanged in Salem MA?


20 posted on 10/16/2007 1:51:51 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Hacklehead

I figured it wasn’t a “local” chapter of the NAACP . . . Madison is one of the whitest towns in New Jersey.


21 posted on 10/16/2007 1:52:33 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: Westlander
This article is written as though this possibly wasn't just a halloween decoration, pretending that they don't known people put up all kinds of grisly things like this for Halloween.

Born Agains don't like Halloween as "Satan's Birthday" etc but I have never heard of them demanding private Halloween displays be taken down.

This is all being done for November 2008, pure and simple.

22 posted on 10/16/2007 1:53:20 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Westlander

More evidence this country is going to hell.


23 posted on 10/16/2007 1:53:26 PM PDT by abercrombie_guy_38
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To: Westlander
"The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said it was offensive and insensitive."

Slightly off topic but, what I find ironic is that if a caucasian (white guy) refers to a black man / African-American (pick the titel) as a "colored" person, Jesse and Al would go bonkers saying that the word "colored" is racist.

For years, I've said that the NAACP should have changed its moniker.

I'm confused.

24 posted on 10/16/2007 1:53:28 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Westlander
The family is not happy with the accusation or the aggravation.


25 posted on 10/16/2007 1:53:49 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Slapshot68

If people were to unclench, jesse, al and the rest of them would be out of business.


26 posted on 10/16/2007 1:54:55 PM PDT by BBell
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To: Westlander

No hollowed out empty pumpkin heads either. That would offend Liberals.


27 posted on 10/16/2007 1:55:37 PM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: Westlander

No hollowed out empty pumpkin heads either. That would offend Liberals.


28 posted on 10/16/2007 1:55:47 PM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: Westlander
"The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said it was offensive and insensitive."

Slightly off topic but, what I find ironic is that if a caucasian (white guy) refers to a black man / African-American (pick the titel) as a "colored" person, Jesse and Al would go bonkers saying that the word "colored" is racist.

For years, I've said that the NAACP should have changed its moniker.

I'm confused.

29 posted on 10/16/2007 1:59:44 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Westlander

I saw the other day that a family had hanged a witch effigy and — you guessed it — a local woman who claimed to be a witch took offense.


30 posted on 10/16/2007 2:00:12 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican
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To: Westlander

now rope~neuses are “un-politically correct”; Get a life you liberals; and fradie-cats; and SHOVE it!


31 posted on 10/16/2007 2:01:00 PM PDT by JSDude1 (When a liberal represents the Presidential Nominee for the Republicans; THEY'RE TOAST)
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To: Cobra64

‘Colored people’ is evil and insensitive, but ‘People of color’ is
the only phrase decent, sensitive people use, of course. (And yes, there are actually sites at which the mostly white members are so sunk in PC idiocy that they actually refer to themselves and all white people as “people without color”. I’m not making this up. I couldn’t make up something that inane and asinine-not enough imagination.)


32 posted on 10/16/2007 2:08:17 PM PDT by Verloona Ti
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To: Cobra64

The “klan with a tan” and noose, the new “N” word. I doubt cattle thieves would have thought the noose to be racist. After all, most rustlers were white.


33 posted on 10/16/2007 2:08:29 PM PDT by seemoAR (Absolute power corrupts absolutely)
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To: Westlander

And what if the dummy was white ....?????


34 posted on 10/16/2007 2:13:29 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("There is no distinctly Native American criminal class...save Congress - Mark Twain")
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To: Westlander
As Loretta LaRoche would say,,,,,,drop the quarter!

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

colored people??? Aren't they african americans??? Maybe they should be worried about the "colored people" thing.

35 posted on 10/16/2007 2:13:34 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (HEY JORGE, SHUT UP AND BUILD THE BLEEPING FENCE, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.)
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To: Westlander

Basicly, if you can claim special status you could also claim a bank offended you by not giving you money, and the bank would have to offer you $500,000.00 just to settle.

This nation is seriously screwed, and it’s getting worse by the day.

There was a time when you could call this the land of the free and the home of the brave. Now you should call it the land of the special interests and the home of the afraid to leave the inside of your own home.

We have given way too much power to those who have shown the determination to abuse that power. And now we’re reaping th whirlwind.

Either we turn some of this stuff around, or we pack it in.


36 posted on 10/16/2007 2:24:47 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has pay fever. There she goes now... "Ha Hsu, ha hsu, haaaa hsu, ha hsu...")
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To: Westlander

But police started getting calls on Sunday, saying the display was racist. The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said it was offensive and insensitive.


What? Only blacks have necks?


37 posted on 10/16/2007 2:27:29 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed ("We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them, I won't chip away at them" -Mitt Romney)
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To: DoughtyOne
Either we turn some of this stuff around, or we pack it in.

Every time I hear something like this I think, my God, it can't get any worse and lo and behold, the next day it does. As long as there are liberals alive we will not be able to turn any of this around,,,I often wonder how much more ridiculous it can get and I'm always surprised to learn it CAN get more ridiculous. My grandparents are rolling over in their graves, that generation would NEVER have tolerated this kind of BS. They would have told the clown that complained to go to hell! AND they would have hung up another hanging dummy,,,,,and,,,if the complainer was stooooooooooopid enough to hang around,,,,well, the next hanging dummy would be that person!

38 posted on 10/16/2007 2:31:24 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (HEY JORGE, SHUT UP AND BUILD THE BLEEPING FENCE, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.)
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To: Westlander
People should think more about the effect some of the more extreme Halloween imagery might have on young children.

A friend gave us an elaborate miniature Halloween display they had made themselves. It was wonderful, except for the little hanging man, which we removed. I didn't want my 3 year-old son, who is fascinated by ropes, to either try to imitate it or to be frightened by what it represents.

39 posted on 10/16/2007 2:32:13 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: seemoAR
After all, most rustlers were white.


40 posted on 10/16/2007 2:33:29 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: rockabyebaby

Every other sane person in town should have immediately put up another hanging dummy. That would have been the end of it.


41 posted on 10/16/2007 2:34:03 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has pay fever. There she goes now... "Ha Hsu, ha hsu, haaaa hsu, ha hsu...")
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To: rockabyebaby

Every other sane person in town should have immediately put up another hanging dummy. That would have been the end of it.


42 posted on 10/16/2007 2:34:11 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has pay fever. There she goes now... "Ha Hsu, ha hsu, haaaa hsu, ha hsu...")
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To: Westlander

This is just stupid. Most if not all countries that have hung people hung them with black hoods DUH

43 posted on 10/16/2007 2:46:39 PM PDT by Shots
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To: DoughtyOne

So is this racist, or is it offensive towards witches??

In any case I drive by this house on my way home that is covered with silly Halloween stuff and has been for weeks. People overdo it, IMO. In any case there are stuffed dolls hanging from the porch by the neck. This is on a street that is largely minority and I haven’t heard a peep of criticism. I think the people who live there are African American in fact.


44 posted on 10/16/2007 3:08:02 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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A noose was used to hang criminals in the last century. It wasn’t held exclusively for the hanging of racial minorities.

This is preposterous. As you’ve noted, minorities found the use of the nooses to be a Halloween lark. This wasn’t mant to send a message of racism.

It wasn’t for the other family either. This just shows how much better race relations are in our nation, when folks have to build a case out of vapors, to prove racism still exists.

I passed three black guys on the sidewalk today. As I passed I said hi. None of the reciprocated. I was the whitey none of them wanted to acknowledge for fear the other two might think they were door mats for whitey.

Racism isn’t a one way street. Big deal. At another time any of the three probably would have said hi back.

People walk around with a chip on their soulders, looking to prove things are bad. If that’s their goal, they’ll find something to entice Sharpton/Jackson into a quick shakedown-visit.


45 posted on 10/16/2007 3:14:15 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has pay fever. There she goes now... "Ha Hsu, ha hsu, haaaa hsu, ha hsu...")
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To: Westlander

I was ‘offended’ by a recent commercial on television. It was a warning against Nigerian e-mail scams. Of course the con man was an older white guy.


46 posted on 10/16/2007 3:40:21 PM PDT by abovethefray
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To: Westlander

So now the race gang has made it a hate crime to do what thousands of people have been doing at Haloween for years.

Note: I think it’s sick to display images depicting corpses, graves, ghosts, and hanged bodies. I’d like to see it stop. But I DON”T THINK FOR ONE MOMENT THAT IT”S RACIST!!!


47 posted on 10/16/2007 3:44:41 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: Westlander
Why in the hell did these people cave in? Why didnt't they just tell everyone to kiss their butts and keep the dummy up. I would have said to the police "Either arrest me or leave me alone. If it isn't against the law I will keep the Dummy up and anyone who doesn't like it can just bite me."

When people cave into this stuff it just makes it worse next time. The NAACP is stealing a page from the muslims book, feeling offended. This year it seems to be nooses as if the only people ever hanged in this country were black. It is time to start fighting back.

48 posted on 10/16/2007 4:50:35 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Westlander
An orchestrated protest by the NAACP does not a 'public outcry' make. I'd have hung a second dummy next to the first, to further piss off the thumb-sucking malcontents.


49 posted on 10/16/2007 5:05:37 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Fred in '08. Deal with it.)
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To: calex59

“Why in the hell did these people cave in? Why didnt’t they just tell everyone to kiss their butts and keep the dummy up. I would have said to the police “Either arrest me or leave me alone. If it isn’t against the law I will keep the Dummy up and anyone who doesn’t like it can just bite me.”

You are exactly right. The only way to stop this nonsnese is to stand up against it. Unfortunately most conservatives comply so as to not “make trouble”. We give in, they advance. They draw a line, we obey, so they draw another line, and we don’t go there, etc. If we were libs we would immediately hire a lawyer and threaten to sue the town. Its time to get MILITANT against this sh*t.


50 posted on 10/17/2007 4:28:06 AM PDT by Hacklehead (I'm not here to make friends.)
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