Front Porch Display Creates Controversy In Lincoln County

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 11/28/2012 11:40 pm

A display on the porch of a home in the Dog Walk Community of Lincoln County is creating a lot of discussion among the people who live there.

The house had a black baby doll hanging from a noose, near a rebel flag.

A man who came out of the house to talk to us today said it was a Halloween decoration that they hadn’t taken down yet.

The display also included an American flag that hangs next to the Rebel Flag. As the man pointed to the flags, he said they would not be taking down either one of them.

People in the community have mixed reactions to the front porch display. Some said it was insensitive and racist, while others think it’s an American freedom to decorate your front porch anyway you want.

“I guess it's his own business. He owns it and whatever he wants to do with it is his priority. So I guess it's alright.” – Romona Simpson

“I mean, I didn't see it. But I wouldn't want to see something like that. I mean, it's wrong.” – Jerry Edwards

“The rebel flag, the baby... No I don't think it should be up there. The American flag I have no problem with.” – Kathy Heiser

“Hanging the doll was in poor taste, but the rebel flag is part of our heritage and American history.” – Nerissa Baker

“When you have kids that are mixed, and they have to be on the buses and see that... And then come home and ask questions like, 'Why is that there? Why do people want to make fun of other people?’ It goes against everything I've taught my kids.” – April Gross

The Sheriff’s Department said they did receive a complaint about the display. But said no laws had been broken, so there was nothing they could do.

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