Display featuring nooses that was put up along Highway 75 in Oklahoma
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A controversial warning that included three nooses put up on private property along Highway 75 in Oklahoma was taken down after social media began to take notice of the display, NewsOn6 reports.

According to the report, the nooses, which were hung on a tree, accompanied a sign that read, "It's best not to be hanging around this area after dark."


Drivers, according to KJRH, were not impressed.

"It bothers me. It's humiliating," said driver Dennis Varner. "It's discrimination, and America shouldn't put up with it."

"He got the right to do what he wants to do, he's got a right to feel what he wanna feel, but I got a right to be angry about it, too, and I'm angry," Terrence Reed Sr. said.

However, the owner of the display, Merle Martindale, told the news station that he had been the victim of a crime in the past and had meant the display to be a warning to any potential thief. He said the display was not meant to be racist.


Martindale removed the sign on his own accord because of the attention it was getting. According to the sheriff's office, officers went over to talk to the man after getting complaints, but did not ask him to take down the display because it didn't break any laws.

Read more at NewsOn6 and KJRH.

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