Kensington scarecrow sparks controversy over racism

BROOKLYN - Some people in Kensington are calling for the removal of a Halloween scarecrow that they believe is offensive.

According to Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn) and several residents, the hanging decoration depicts a black man being lynched. However, others say the scarecrow is a typical display for the season.

Police were forced to respond to the site of the scarecrow on East 5th Street last night as arguments intensified between both sides.

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