|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.