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

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