St. Louis Zoo Removes Halloween Decorations After Complaints That It Resembled Lynching

October 19, 2012

After receiving several complaints that it resembled African-Americans being lynched, St. Louis Zoo officials removed their Halloween ghost display. The display was a part of their “Boo at the Zoo” Halloween event and according to zoo officials was supposed to look like faceless ghosts.Β At night, the ghosts were to look “faceless” with a light shining in their heads, but during the day all that could be seen were their black faces.

According to zoo representatives, not all comments have been negative but after reviewing photos and the complaints as a whole, they made the decision to remove the display.

At first glance, it does resemble lynchings and I think a white face or head would have been more appropriate – just because ghosts are typically white and they would still have appeared faceless with the light shining in their heads at night.

What do you think? Does it look like a lynching to you?



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  • Reply Tiffany November 15, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I’m from St. Louis and I go to the zoo every once in a while because it’s fun and FREE! :) The decorations were not at all racist. It was depicting a ghost with a darkened/hallowed out face. They have the same decorations almost every year, so this is nothing new nor anything to complain about. What’s crazy is that St. Louis has one of the most well-renowned zoos in America, not just because it ‘s free, free, and did I mention free? lol, but also because the exhibits are captivating and interesting. It’s a little sad to hear something like this in the news, but it’s not the first time nor will it be the last. BTW, great article and keep up the good work!

  • Reply Starr November 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I am, also, from Missouri but that is neither here nor there. I totally agree, the above depiction does resemble a lynching. I agree, Jessica Simien.com is looking very promising! Best of Luck!

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