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Display along Highway 412 appears to be hanging

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 11/26/2013 11:27 am Published: 11/25/2013 9:39 pm

A private showing in a public place has some screaming racism. The display along Highway 412 of what appears to be a man hanging from a noose has sparked outrage.

A family saw it in late October drive near mile marker 12.

Speeding by, the Parez family thought they saw a person dangling from a tree.

"We weren't sure, we definitely weren't sure," said Lana Parez.

They refused to believe it was nothing more than a Halloween gag.

"It was dressed in a plaid shirt. It was definitely designed to harken back to a historical lynching," said Daniel Parez.

Daniel Parez recorded what he saw; wife, a multi-cultural studies professor, was disgusted.

"We try to think that was such a long time ago, but it really wasn't," said Lana Parez.

They wanted to chop it down, but "No Trespassing" signs cut them off. It hung on private property in a very public place.

In the meantime, more travelers saw it every day for weeks.

"Fear will not come out of this," said Daniel Parez.

"We still have a long way to go, and we really need to stand up and do something," said Lana Parez.

So the couple posted the video online and shared it with friends. They're not sure who got rid of it. They said it hung for weeks after Halloween. All that's left is the noose, but the memory is permanent.

"I don't want to forget, because it reminds me that we have a lot of work to do," said Lana Parez.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol said they got several calls about the display, but there was nothing they could do about it.

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RJB PHD - 12/5/2013 11:42 AM
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While I'm not naive to racism, I'm over allowing foolishness to get under my skin. You don't like me because o my beautiful brown skin? Well, pardon me while me and my success steamroller plow right through you!

TheRock - 12/4/2013 1:27 PM
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When reported to Okie's here's the response I got "Bad Yard Art" or isn't it on private land" and most businesses and state police did not respond.

Unwashed Mass - 11/28/2013 12:00 AM
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"Its face was white, but the black hood nearly covered its face, causing some passing motorists to assume the display was a depiction of the lynching of a black man."

Truth - 11/26/2013 9:59 PM
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A black figure, a noose, and a tree. Hmm.... Yes, I immediately think of halloween! NOT.... The ignorance of people has not changed since the enslavement of blacks in america. Have race relations improved? Not so much. Not in a country where mixed couples are hardly recognized and their children are called the minority MAJORITY! Those who disagree should pick up a book, research outside their score of believability, or move to West Virginia where they don't mind saying to you, "The civil war has not ended, its just half time." Those who said people should not have anything to say about this story, are the same breed of people who told blacks to keep quite; that equal opportunity was not worth fighting for! Ignorance.... For the ignorant person who said the figure is not in a hoodie and his britches are pulled up; take a look around son. The trend began in American prisons. Now there are do many boys of every color following that trend. Hoodies are universal.... I'm sure you have a few!

car3150 - 11/26/2013 8:36 PM
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OMG this world is nothing but a bunch of crybabies!!! Get over it, look when it was done. Worse is going on in this world and this is all the news can report? I agree with another users comment about "The racist are the ones who find racial things in everything" There are stupid people in every race and at some point someone in every race is treated bad. It don't matter what freaking color you are, at some point you are mistreated by another race!!! Get over it!!! Out with the drama!!!

Sharkmandan1 - 11/26/2013 6:12 PM
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The racist are the ones who find racial things in everything . This was for Halloween ,not to put anyone down or to make a racial statement. I would feel sorry for them but , they're to damn dumb.

howIseeit - 11/26/2013 3:08 PM
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The "mannequin" is NOT wearing a hoodie and the britches are pulled up. Considering the timeline, my conclusion is:you guys are just liberal crybabies.

stopthehate - 11/26/2013 3:04 PM
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For all that dont think its racist...what exactly does it represent then? This is very sickening and it is truly some ignorant people in this world that will die with hate in their heart over a race. People need to find other ways to joke. We see they will remain anonymous and probably continue to coward things as such. So sad!

medialies - 11/26/2013 2:24 PM
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Ok so that happened in October, whether right or wrong, don't you see that Fox is posting it just now to cause exactly what you all are doing? You took the bait congratulations!

Unwashed Mass - 11/26/2013 10:27 AM
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It's as offensive as you want it to be. For everyone else, it was Halloween.
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