What were the St. Louis Zoo folks thinking?
The Kansas City Star
The St. Louis Zoo folks took the appropriate action by pulling down a Halloween display of about 10 ghosts with black faces.
But people need to ask: “What were they thinking in putting those things up in the first place?”
Didn’t they know that would be offensive? Didn’t they realize that the “ghosts” hanging from trees would look like black people who had been lynched? Aren’t they aware of this country’s racist history — particularly in the 20th century — of lynching black people?
Don’t they care that a sizable portion of the city’s population is black?
Fortunately zoo officials did the right thing after people howled.
But why did it have to come to that in the first place?