RAVENNA, Ohio (WKYC) – On the corner of Bennett and Walnut Street in Ravenna, Ohio there’s a sight that has neighbors and passersby taken aback.
A homeowner is displaying a noose hanging from a wooden post. It’s clearly visible from the road, but on private property.
“It’s the same type of noose, with a thick rope that blacks and African-Americans have been hanging from, says longtime Ravenna resident William Tarver. “When you tie that knot, you know what you’re doing.”
Nooses, long a symbol of bigotry and hatred directed toward African-Americans, have spurred laws in states like Virginia, Connecticut, and New York that make it illegal to display nooses in a threatening manner.
But there is no law in Ohio, specific to nooses.
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