It’s not even October but a Halloween display has already had to be taken down in one North Carolina town. The display caused quite a controversy online and between residents in Harnett County. A man with a darker complexion was seen hanging from a tree outside of a home that the residents say was depicting a farmer. But when DeAngelo McDougald drove by the display he was disturbed and took a photo of the display to post on Facebook. McDougald told WRAL that upon first glance he thought it was a person hanging from the tree. The post has since been shared over 500 times and has 100s of comments on it. Many comments involve the color of the individual in the Halloween display which several residents and commenters perceive as racist.
Many commenters are horrified by the display, which has since been taken down after police became involved. WRAL reports that the Hispanic family who own the home and put up the display willingly took it down after the controversy was explained to them. It seems that there was no ill intent with the decoration, just a big misunderstanding. The community is happy that the issue was resolved quickly. Halloween displays can be tricky, as the more spooky and lifelike they become, the more they can be mistaken for real people. This isn’t the first time a display has caused drivers passing by to do a double take.
I’m glad this was able to some to a swift resolution with minimal drama. It seems the Halloween display’s racist undertones were unintentional, and the family was more than happy to remove it.