UPDATE (8:36 PM – 11/07): Corrected the neighborhood where the display is/was located.
UPDATE (10:05 AM – 11/5/2015): Alexandria chapter of the NAACP received a response from the Alexandria Human Rights Office. Check it out at this link.
UPDATE (1:55 PM): Added comment from LaDonna Sanders, NAACP chapter president.
A Halloween display in the Seminary Hill neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia is getting quite a bit of attention.
This display, located on North Furman Street, features a corpse wrapped in black hanging from a tree surrounded by white ghosts.
This display isn’t getting rave reviews from the Alexandria chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
We received the above photo from LaDonna Sanders, president of the local chapter of the NAACP. It is my understanding that this photo has been forwarded to police chief and the Alexandria Human Rights office.
The NAACP had this to say about the display:
The NAACP believes the display is offensive and should be removed immediately. While the body is not hanging from the neck the imagery is reminiscent of a lynching.
Our President has alerted City Council of our concern regarding the display.
Ms. Sanders adds:
Despite receiving responses from City Council Members, no action has been taken by them, nor have we received follow up calls regarding any action from the police chief or human rights office.
A constituent of Alexandria shared a picture of her neighbors “Halloween Display”The NAACP believes the display is offensive and should be removed immediately. While the body is not hanging from the neck the imagery is reminiscent of a lynching. Our President has alerted City Council of our concern regarding the display.
Posted by Alexandria branch of the N.A.A.C.P. on Monday, November 2, 2015
I think this is terrible and SHOULD be taken down. So I ask you, my beloved readers, what are your thoughts on this display?