Posted on October 20, 2004

Halloween Display Sparks Accusations Of Racism

Nancy Johnson, Tampa Bay’s 10 News, Oct. 20

St. Petersburg, Florida — A Halloween display has some crying racism. The black activist group, UHURU, called St. Petersburg Police about a character in the yard of one home.

When police showed up at the home, several members of the UHURU movement were there. Police say while the Sergeant was in his vehicle, the people who reported the display began destroying it.

Watson says it was a Frankenstein character. She removed all remnants of the Halloween display and says she’ll never put it up again.

NYABINGA DZIMBAHWE, UHURU:

“It was a scaffold that had an African hanging from the scaffold. It was a body with dark skin with tennis shoes on.”

BILL PROFFITT, ST. PETERSBURG POLICE:

“At this point, the owners of the property have no desire to press charges or pursue prosecution . . . I don’t think any further legal action will take place at this time.”

COLLEEN WATSON, HOME OWNER:

“I apologize if I offended anyone at all. We are very loving people. We love everybody.”

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