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Hanging Halloween display sparks controversy in Brooklyn

October 06, 2018 - 1:55 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A gory Halloween decoration in Brooklyn is being criticized as offensive, or at the very least in poor taste.

The figure hangs from a fire escape on Atlantic Avenue in Brownsville. It appears to be a body covered in a black garbage bag dangling from a noose. A plastic foot and hand that are sticking out from the bag are white and covered in fake blood.

Community advocate Tony Herbert says it’s racist and reminds him of the lynching of his black ancestors in the South.

“My ancestors were hung just like this for no reason apparently at all,” Herbert said. “To have to see this, it’s insulting and it hurts.”

But the person who put it up, building manager William Soto, says that’s nonsense. He said he was just being creative for his favorite holiday.

“It’s strictly a Halloween prop. I’m a fanatic for Halloween. Every year I always put up something within the windows, within the back yard,” he told 1010 WINS' Carol D'Auria.

Tenant Lila Evans agrees with Soto.

“I could see if it was a black person hanging there, but it’s just a costume for Halloween,” she said.

Many of the people walking by the controversial decoration said they felt it was fine too.