Its that time of the year again; Halloween, when all the snowflakes come out to get offended. And if there’s nothing to be offended by, well…… then we’ll just make up our own. A family has found itself in the midst of an Internet lynch mob after one nosy neighbor saw a costume of a ghoul hanging in their house and concluded that it was racist because it “looks like a black person.
Thanks to Reddit user Antonio Of Venice for the additional commentary:
Jamie Stevenson was passing her neighbor’s house on Saturday when she saw the dark-faced figure hanging between two trees. She knew it was a Halloween decoration, but she also saw in it something more sinister: a lynching.
When you mistake a ghoul for a black person, it might be about time to face the reality that you… might be racist.
What occurred in the hours and days that followed has pitted neighbors on an affluent Northern Virginia block against one another, thrust a homeowners association into a conversation about race and sparked angry accusations online about how people should respond when their actions, regardless of intent, offend others. And the tensions have played out at a time when all kinds of symbols — Confederate statues, flags, even the national anthem — have become flash points across the country.
This sort of nonsense is always a rich person obsession. Useful people don’t have the luxury of obsessing over non-problems.
She took a picture and began making calls and sending emails to her homeowners association and the Southern Poverty Law Center in an effort to get it taken down. She also emailed the homeowners. Stevenson, who is Asian and who moved into the neighborhood in March, had never met them when she pressed send.
Oh, what a pleasant neighbor. This heinous… ghoul actually contacted the Southern Poverty Law Center, which brands basically everyone as a ‘hate group’, and whose ‘hate group list’ has been used by a terrorist who attempted to murder the people. Charming, don’t you think? The shrill demand was as follows:
“What you appear to be displaying is an effigy of a black person being lynched,” [Stevenson] wrote. “As your neighbor and a person of color, I find this racist. I find this deeply offensive. I’m sure this is not your intent.
Might I just add how sad it is to see Asians starting to engage in identity politics? Unfortunately, the neighbor obeyed this shrill demand:
“Jamie, you are right,” it began. “It is not my intent to offend anyone. . . . I never realized the Monster in the tree had darker skin. If you see it up close it is indeed a Monster with blood clawed head and face. . . . I have my entire garage full of items I am frantically preparing for Halloween and will spend most of the day Tuesday setting up for Halloween. I can’t promise I will have it down by Halloween but I can promise you this — I will NEVER ever put it up again.”
The man who wrote the email spoke on the condition of anonymity because he and his wife now fear for their family’s safety.But he said he went outside in the rain on Sunday to take the figure down.
As usual, SJWs are never satisfied. The crazy woman proceeded to publicly doxx and shame them.
After he sent the email and removed the figure, he said, he hoped that would satisfy his neighbor. Instead, he said, she posted a flier online that labeled his family as racist and included their address.
The flier, which appeared on Stevenson’s Facebook page Monday, features a picture of a real lynching from 1889 next to a photo of the already removed Halloween display. Underneath are the words, “RACISM and HATE have no place in our neighborhood.” It asks people to boycott the family’s home on Oct. 31. It also encourages people to reach out to the president of the homeowners association, Richard Cramond, and includes his email and phone number.
When Stevenson and her partner were looking to buy a house, she said, the area appealed to them in part because of its diversity. Among their neighbors are interracial and same-sex couples. But if she had been househunting at this time of year and had seen the hanging figure, she said, she never would have settled in the neighborhood, where houses can cost $750,000 and above.
This was also funny. These people are literally societal cancer.
She also received a knock on the door from her neighbor, who wanted to talk face to face. The encounter ended with Stevenson filing a police report, saying she felt threatened.
The family gave a different version of that encounter but said they, too, are scared now that their information has been made public. “I fear for the safety of my kids and the safety of my house,” said the woman who talked to Stevenson. “It was never intended to be what she turned it into.”
Of course it wasn’t. We all know this. This is just another family whose lives have been put in danger so someone can gain social justice virtue points online. How much longer will this go on until people get fed up?