Fort Campbell Military authorities began an investigation after receiving complaints of a disgusting Halloween display depicting the “lynching” of a family that, despite the display owner’s claims that racism was not the intent, consists of figures crafted with black trash bags.
The display, which seems to depict an African-American mother, father, and child hanging from a tree as the youngest, with a knife lodged in his back, tries in vain to assist the father, was removed after the occupant was made aware of the community’s concerns over the lynching scene.
“Displays of an offensive nature are not reflective of Army values and the family-friendly environment provided for employees and residents of the Fort Campbell community,” said Brendalyn Carpenter of Fort Campbell Public Affairs.
Right-Wing Facebook page The Modern American Revolution made the case that the display was not racist:
One of our supporters informed us that It was a soldier who lives in post housing. He did it in an attempt to recreate the scene from the movie Sinister. In it, a WHITE family had been killed by their possessed child. The Public Affairs office on Ft. Campbell confirmed this. So, anyone who tries to say this is racist is wrong. Since the gentleman is an active duty soldier living on a federal military installation, he has no 1st Amendment rights. Living on post is VERY different than living off post. …End of story!
Whether or not the scene was inspired by a movie, the person who displayed this could not have possibly evaded knowledge of how this would appear. In any case, commenters on MAR’s post had their own thoughts to share — and inadvertently proved that the display could very well have been a teensy bit racist:
Well, that settles it! Totally. Not. Racist.