Neighbors complain about discriminatory Halloween display in North Fort Myers

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Posted at 1:30 PM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 06:21:43-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Halloween display in North Fort Myers has neighbors concerned, saying it is quite racist and not at all what this season is about.

The homeowner put up an extravagant Halloween display in her yard on Pine Avenue on Tuesday night, but this year, one prop in particular raised questions about the intentions behind it.

The prop is a ghostly figure that appears to be hanging from a noose. The figure is wearing a traditional “Rasta” cap and sports dreadlocks, giving the impression to be a Jamaican man.

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A woman driving past the home last night said she couldn't believe her eyes.
“What was her point of putting it up there because that’s not appropriate for Halloween, it shows racial…hatred.”

We spoke to the home-owner behind the display, who says she initially had some apprehensions when putting it up. She said she understands it may seen a little discriminatory, and told us she plans to change it to a clown.

“I apologize if it affects anybody but it didn’t mean to be if anybody feels that way, but we promise you it will be different tomorrow night,” said Veronica Ewing.