St. Louis Zoo Removes Halloween Decorations After Complaints That It Resembled Lynching

After receiving several complaints that it resembled African-Americans being lynched, St. Louis Zoo officials removed their Halloween ghost display. The display was a part of their “Boo at the Zoo” Halloween event and according to zoo officials was supposed to look like faceless ghosts. At night, the ghosts were to look “faceless” with a light shining in their heads, but during the day all that could be seen were their black faces.

According to zoo representatives, not all comments have been negative but after reviewing photos and the complaints as a whole, they made the decision to remove the display.

At first glance, it does resemble lynchings and I think a white face or head would have been more appropriate – just because ghosts are typically white and they would still have appeared faceless with the light shining in their heads at night.

What do you think? Does it look like a lynching to you?



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