Has the entire nation gone insane? By the looks of some politically-inspired Halloween displays, we’d say yes.
First, we had John McCain-supporter Melissa Neese, a Georgia woman whose All Hallow’s Eve spectacle featured the “shadow of death” standing behind Barack Obama. Then, after inspiring “surprising” outrage, Ms. Neese replaced the macabre character with another figure the right finds frightening: Hillary Clinton.
Now we find ourselves in Odessa, New York, where a man named Ron Havens erected this set-up: a KKK-hooded McCain running after Barack Obama, an image that’s pretty objectionable. McCain may have inadvertently fueled racist sentiment last week, and opposed Martin Luther King Day, but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he’s not a member of the KKK.
To his credit, Obama-backing Havens admits he knew the display would cause a stir, but insists it’s just timely satire:
I figured it would be equally offensive to everyone. It’s just for shock value McCain has been rabble-rousing, calling Obama a terrorist and a Muslim. The McCain campaign has gotten so ugly. That’s what the message is. I can see how people could take this the wrong way. I’m not advocating anything. It’s sarcasm.
Shockingly enough, local NAACP president Georgia Verdier described the scene as “innocuous.” She elaborated on its “friendliness:”
It looks friendly but I am concerned not so much about this display, but in general about the fear and hate that have entered the campaign. This display appears friendly to me. But that’s my take. A young lady passed by and had other feelings. We need to be concerned about that. I think we all need to be careful about what messages we send. The message we send is not always the message received.
Georgia, please. There is no way this can be described as “friendly.” Far-fetched, maybe, but not friendly.