Just when you think racist rednecks can’t get any more despicable, we find a news story like this.
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 has reported that in East Huntingdon Township, Pennsylvania, a black baby doll was seen hanging from a noose on a tree, with a Confederate Flag used as a background.
A neighbor driving through, Rachel Szolek, spotted the horrific display and took a photo with her cell phone. She said:
“We actually turned around because we had passed the house,” Szolek told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4. “And there it was, and the first thing was shock.”
Action News 4 reporter Beau Berman tracked down East Huntingdon Township supervisor Paul Hodgkiss, who offered up this defense:
“[We are] definitely against anything like that in our township.”
Hodgkiss added this:
“It probably is allowed to be there at his property, but if we can do anything to stop it we will,” Hodgkiss said.
But this display wasn’t new, as it turns out. Officials in a neighboring community said that they’ve been receiving complains about the display for months, but couldn’t do anything about it becuase it was outside their jurisdiction. And they couldn’t let the folks in “definitely against anything like that” East Huntingdon?
A few minutes after the Action News 4 reporter knocked on the a**hole homeowners door, the display was removed.
On Wednesday, a woman identifying herself as the girlfriend of the flag’s owner, said that owner is named Jim Miller Jr. and that the property is owned by Miller’s father, Jim Miller Sr.
She said Miller Sr. removed the flag after seeing the controversy it was causing on social media.
She also said the family never heard the door knocks from Pittsburgh’s Action News 4. The woman said the doll “is not black” and is actually white. She did not explain the purpose of the display. She said she would consider an on-camera interview after talking with her boyfriend.
Here’s a video:
h/t The Grio