By Savannah Smith  |  09-26-2017   News
Photo credit: Carl Willis / WSB

With more than a month left before the much-celebrated Halloween, some excited or overly creative Americans are starting their holiday preparations already. Some, however, are causing stress and invoking fear and anger among residents.

A neighborhood in Mariana, Atlanta had what looks like a man hanging from a noose in one house’s front yard. Reporter Carl Willis say some residents see the display depicting a person hanging from a noose as nothing more than just silly Halloween decorations.

Other residents are angered by the sight, and do not see the display as a harmless Halloween prank. Some think such displays are a painful reminder of America’s past. One resident who was interviewed but preferred not to show her face on cam said she was “livid” when she saw it. She emphatically said that Halloween should not be an excuse to put something like that.

Reporter Carl Willis posted a couple of tweets and teasers of his incoming full report later about the incident. In one tweet, he posted the picture of the hanging “person” figure and wrote: “What do you see? Some see a neighbor’s silly Halloween decorations; some see a painful symbol of America’s past. We’ll talk about it @ 11.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What do you see? Some see a neighbor&#39;s silly Halloween decorations; some see a painful symbol of America&#39;s past. We&#39;ll talk about it @ 11 <a href="https://t.co/B9fIsw6Uh4">pic.twitter.com/B9fIsw6Uh4</a></p>&mdash; Carl Willis (@CarlWillisWSB) <a href="https://twitter.com/CarlWillisWSB/status/912481658074476544">September 26, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Some reactions from Willis’ followers also expressed disagreement and disgust with the display. One wrote: “This has nothing to do with Halloween.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This has nothing to do with Halloween.</p>&mdash; Olivia (@PartyCatOlivia) <a href="https://twitter.com/PartyCatOlivia/status/912486518022967297">September 26, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Another reacted: “I see a moron doing something reprehensible.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I see a moron doing something reprehensible…</p>&mdash; Nancy Bush (@starwonder54) <a href="https://twitter.com/starwonder54/status/912485839069904896">September 26, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

One commenter, however,saw the opportunity to use the display issue to give a commentary on recent controversies of black athletes kneeling during national anthem as a sign of protest against their perceived racism concerns. The social media user wrote: “No one should see this as as silly Halloween decorations. This is okay but my black men can’t kneel during the national anthem. Really.” The user ended her comment with a sad face emoji.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">No one should see this as silly Halloween decorations. This is okay but my black men can&#39;t kneel during the national anthem. Really😒</p>&mdash; ChriShun (@Congentiality) <a href="https://twitter.com/Congentiality/status/912489556510986247">September 26, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Another offered some words of caution, and wisdom, and wrote: “Even if they meant nothing sinister, perhaps using good judgment should have prevailed here.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Even if they meant nothing sinister, perhaps using good judgment should have prevailed here.</p>&mdash; Jack McCoy (@John_J_McCoy) <a href="https://twitter.com/John_J_McCoy/status/912499411950895105">September 26, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Source:

http://www.wsbtv.com/video?videoId=614815346&videoVersion=1.0

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