Postal Carrier Refuses To Deliver Man’s Mail Because Of Noose Halloween Decoration

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The postal service and a Long Island homeowner are in a standoff over a Halloween decoration.

Richard Beatty has been decorating his Brentwood house for years with homemade Halloween decor, including makeshift gallows and a noose with a skeleton hanging from it. On several occasions, the noose has just been swinging empty.

But this year, after the decorations went up, he heard a knock at the door.

“The postmaster himself came here and knocked on my door and said he was suspending my mail until I took this stuff down, and I said, do what you have to do because I’m not taking it down,” Beatty told CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff.

A postal carrier on Long Island refused to deliver a Brentwood man’s mail because of a noose in the front yard among other Halloween decorations.

Beatty’s idea of trick-or-treat fun was offensive to his African-American mailman.

“I think it’s ridiculous … It’s not meant to be racist. It’s not meant to offend anybody. It’s here to be scary, spooky. It’s a graveyard. It’s spooky. It’s Halloween. That’s what it’s all about,” Beatty said.

But that’s not what the noose is all about to many. The noose has been long considered an offensive symbol of hate, recalling a painful chapter of history.

“It isn’t just a Halloween decoration. He needs to take it down because he’s disrespecting the other African-American neighbors,” one neighbor said.

“Maybe it’s just for decoration, but at the same time, you know, in the age that we live in, you never know,” another neighbor said.

Source: Postal Carrier Refuses To Deliver Man’s Mail Because Of Noose Halloween Decoration – CBS New York

  • Nathan

    If I was his carrier he would get his mail. I could see if he painted the skeleton black or something, or there was language near the display to offer something of slavery times etc . Most people are just too sensitive geeesshhh

  • Shaun Michalak

    “Brought over to the states
    from our English ancestors, the method actually originated in Persia
    (now Iran) about 2,500 years ago.”

    Right there should say that this is not a “black” thing.. It seems to me that he just wants to turn everything into a racist situation to make himself feel better.

  • Nathan

    Yeah it’s the way everything is now. Nobody talks about the Irish slaves that we’re pretty much first to endure some crappy conditions. I’m in the middle of the road on politics , but I am bit tired of the whiny poor ol’ me game and card being played far too often.

  • donkey

    The carrier and the supervisor should be removed.This is BS