According to a report replayed on KCBD-TV Channel 11 tonight, Bud Johnson took the chair out of the tree on Thursday.
Weeks after Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood's chair skit mocked President Obama at the Republican National Convention, an Austin homeowner is drawing criticism for his folding-chair display, which some call a racist attack against the nation's first black president, Austin's KVUE reports on Thursday.He told a KVUE Reporter he was dismounting the hanged chair because of a "misconception" and that his political statement had nothing to do with race.
While the cameras were rolling, Johnson removed the rope and placed the chair on the ground in the middle of his lawn.According to the taped report, though,
Johnson said he didn't want to be interviewed. However he did answer a question about why he decided to remove the display.
"Because it's a misconception," Johnson said. "It has nothing to do with racism. Nothing."
other members of the community didn't agree.
At least one of the neighbors who spoke to KVUE called the display scary, and another neighbor found it clearly racist.
"To me, it's racist," said Robert Stephenson, an activist living nearby who stopped by to take pictures of the chair.One resident of the area, Robert Stephenson, said he thought the chair was 'pretty racist', adding that there is 'no way you can take that the wrong way'.
"It reminds me of when somebody's hanging something from a tree, and it reminds me of a noose hanging with a chair and I think it's very scary," said neighbor Grace Chimene.
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