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Motorists Appalled At Man's Racist Display And Demand He Take It Down - There's Just One Thing

In August 2016, motorists and drivers traveling along Highway 75 in Mounds, Oklahoma, were shocked to see a menacing warning sign and noose display hanging off a tree along the highway. The intimidating display was built by Merle Martindale. Mr. Martindale reportedly owns a portion land off the side of the highway. As a private property owner, Mr. Martindale exercised his rights to construct, non-threatening, safe and non-vulgar signs or displays.

However, news of the display soon spread after horrified drivers stopped and inspected it, prompting state-wide discussion on whether the law should allow such insensitive, inciteful displays.

The sign accompanying the nooses read: ‘It’s best not to be hanging around this area after dark’.

After the display gained negative traction on social media, Okmulgee County Sheriff, Eddy Rice, and Mr. Martindale’s wife reported that Mr. Martindale had removed the nooses. CBS Tulsa reports that Mr. Martindale had placed the nooses there to deter thieves and other violent criminals that had been plaguing his property in the past week. While the display remained up, scores of drivers had slowed down or pulled oven to investigate the foreboding site. Among these drivers was Terrance Reed Sr. who told reporters that the display was an attack on his African American heritage and a return to the racist symbols of America’s past. Mr. Reed is not alone in his belief as fellow motorist, David Darner, also states, ‘It's discrimination, and America shouldn't put up with it’. The noose is a strong symbol of the oppression and violence of groups like the Ku Klux Klan and was used in the past to symbolically and literally to strike fear into the hearts of the African American community.

Mr. Martindale has denied that he is racist and had simply meant for the noose and sign display to ward off potential criminals. With so much division within American society already, it is unfortunate that acrimonious displays like this case continue to dredge up so many unpleasant emotions and attitudes.

Source: KFOR
Photo: Mad World News

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