EbeneMagazine – AU – ‘Nothing to do with the KKK’: Halloween decorations spark lynching comparisons


A Halloween display in the front yard featuring figures in white cloth and a fake body bag hanging from a tree south of Adelaide has prompted complaints from the police

McLaren Vale man Daniel Abbie set up the display case in his front yard and said he was surprised to be visited by police yesterday

« They said, ‘What’s the idea here? « and I said, » It’s Halloween, aren’t you going to the stores? You would have seen it everywhere «  » said M Abbie at ABC Radio Adelaide

« They said they had received complaints from a few people in the neighborhood that there were reports that a black person was hanging from a tree and that there were people hanging around him in capes, which was absolutely shocking – in white capes

« Obviously we were going to see little ghosts dancing around a small bonfire and there is a body bag hanging from a tree, which can be confronted

« But that has absolutely nothing to do with racism or the KKK [Ku Klux Klan] or anything like that »

« Once they realized I wasn’t the one they thought they were hoping to meet in the aisle, we had a good laugh and they ended up saying they liked the idea of ​​the ghost », did he declare

« The only thing they suggested was the body bag hanging in the tree, to make it fall

« We couldn’t believe it until they mentioned it and I turned around and looked at the screen and said, ‘Oh, alright, alright , I get it ‘, then my partner was inside and she looked through the window and I thought,’ Oh, wow, that looks really bad ‘ »

Martha Augoustinos, professor of psychology at the University of Adelaide, said she understood how some passers-by thought the exhibit showed an African American being lynched, saying it was « certainly a possible interpretation « 

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« I don’t think there is any doubt about it – the burning fire – the only thing missing of course is the cross »

She said it could be distressing for Indigenous Australians as well, after Black Lives Matters protests focused on Indigenous deaths in custody earlier this year

« People will say: ‘Oh yes, it’s political correctness gone mad, the funny police are there to control our behavior, » said Prof Augoustinos

« But the reality is that every society, every collective, has standards of what is acceptable… of what is appropriate and inappropriate »

A spokeswoman said SA police had « nothing more to add about Daniel’s Halloween decorations »

« SA police are asking families celebrating Halloween to make sure they are protected from COVID, keeping 1 5 meters from other groups of stuff or treatment, » she said

« Little ghosts and ghouls should always be accompanied by a trusted and responsible adult if they go door to door

“Families can access a range of great Halloween resources including safety tips and ‘cheat or treat’ signs through the SAPOL website”

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EbeneMagazine – AU – « Nothing to do with the KKK »: Halloween decorations spark comparisons to lynching

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