Kentucky man defends his racist roadside effigy of a watermelon-holding Obama
Danny Hafley of Casey County put the display up around Election Day said earlier this week that he doesn’t plan to take it down anytime soon.
By Kristen A. Lee / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A Kentucky man is defending his roadside display of a watermelon-holding mannequin wearing a President Obama mask, saying the First Amendment protects the offensive spectacle.
“The way I look at it, it’s freedom of speech,” Danny Hafley of Casey County told Lex 18 News. “I don’t know how other people will take it.”
Hafley said he gave the watermelon to the racially charged effigy he calls his “buddy” because it “might get hungry standing out here.”
“He don’t talk. Don’t make no smart comments,” he said. “If I had a dollar for everyone who stopped and took a picture of it, I’d be a millionaire.”
Hafley put the display up around Election Day and told the television station earlier this week that he doesn’t plan to take it down anytime soon. At least one neighbor wasn’t happy about it.
“We don’t have black people in this community, but I’m sure they travel this road like everybody else does,” the anonymous woman told Lex 18. “They could be offended. I don’t agree with it.”
She also said the display initially included a sign that suggests Obama may destroy the country.