It’s almost Halloween, and people are decorating their houses and yards. One person in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, put a display up that elicited this mild reaction.
Fort Campbell Public Affairs officer Brendalyn Carpenter said that it was "her understanding that the display was not intended to be offensive, but authorities deemed it could be interpreted as such. She said the occupant did extend an apology about the decorations."
Oh, not intended to be offensive, but could be interpreted, possibly uncharitably and unfairly, as such. Where have I heard that kind of notpology before? It seems to be a fairly common sentence construction in English.
Of course, then you see a photo of the display and wonder how anyone could possibly see it as inoffensive.
Yep, it wasn’t just Halloween blackface — this person put up a scene of a whole black family getting lynched in their front yard, complete with small child with a knife in the back.
Officials said the resident willingly removed the decorations after being informed of concerns raised by the community.
See? Perfectly reasonable!