A Halloween decoration that expresses a Rutherford resident’s opinion about professional athletes kneeling for the national anthem has upset some neighbors.
The home near the Passaic River has a set of decorative “tombstones” inscribed with puns.
One, however, stopped a neighbor in her tracks.
A small American flag is planted alongside the decoration, which says: "Colin Kaepernick 1987-2017. I Should Have Stood Up.”
“This family thinks it's appropriate to decorate for a holiday geared for children and include a joke where a black man being dead is the punchline,” the neighbor said.
“I am coming from a place of ‘white silence is violence’ and I feel the need to say something,” she said, “but I fear for my safety if I were to approach the house.”
Some “like-minded” neighbors suggested she alert local media, the woman said.
Hoping to turn the experience into a positive, she said she’s going to donate to Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp.
She’s asking her friends to do the same.
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