There are few images as endearing as a snowman on a front lawn in winter. But for one Idaho family, that image has become the perfect opportunity to spread a little hate. Rather than outfit their snowman with a corncob pipe and a button nose they chose to give him a noose and a KKK hood.
The sculpture, on the front lawn of a residence in Hayden, Idaho, depicts a snowman in a pointed hat and an outstretched right hand with a noose in it. According to reports the homeowner is a proud member of the Aryan Nation and often has Aryan Nation flags on display. According to neighbors, the homeowner even passed out bullets to children as Halloween treats.
Thankfully the display has horrified most residents who feel that, beyond the obvious fear and terror the image is designed to provoke, the sculpture is a slap in the face of a season that symbolizes love and hope, not fear and hate.
The homeowner lives about 100 yards away from an elementary school and insists there is nothing wrong with the snowman. Neighbors attempted to knock the snowman down so the homeowner decided to build another one. Later authorities came to his house to tell him that there is an Idaho law against hanging nooses and the sculpture needed to be taken down lest the homeowner face criminal charges. The homeowner’s plan: modify his snowman to look like a Nazi soldier.
On the one hand it is tempting to ignore this story as the homeowner is clearly looking to provoke people and get attention. On the other though it is good to hear the neighbors stand up against this kind of display, even if there are limited tools for them to fight back against the homeowner. But is just goes to show that for white separatists, nothing’s sacred.
photo courtesy of escapedtowisconsin via Flickr