Recently one woman has come under a lot of fire and harassment from friends and neighbors for this 'racist' object placed front and center outside her house. After multiple people came up to her calling her a racist and bigot for this one historic lawn ornament homeowner, Sandra Dee McNair became fed up with the ignorance and decide to put the record straight!


The ornament in question was actually small statue of a black jockey. Sandra had been told many times by her friends that she should take down the small statue at the end of the driveway.

Many of her friends told her that the statue of the black man was in fact racist or even that it was even offensive to white people.

After many such complaints Sandra decide to take to Facebook and explain the true history and nature behind what she calls her "lantern footman".

Sandra says that despite what her angry neighbors may think the statue actually was a symbol used to indicate a stop on the underground railroad.


In her post which has since went viral Sandra had this to say:

"I’m really amazed at how a lot of people don’t know the real meaning behind these statues, so they vandalize them, bitch about them being racist, etc. When the image of a black ‘footman’ with a lantern signified the home was a stop on the Underground Railroad."

Originally these statues were most commonly used in the northeast but after the second world war these statues started becoming more common place in other states as well. Furthermore each statue was marked with a special code.

"The clothing of the statue was also coded. A striped jockey’s shirt meant that this was a place to swap horses, while a footman in a tailed coat meant overnight lodgings/food, and a blue sailor’s waistcoat meant the homeowner could take you to a port and get you on a ship to Canada."

Sandra finds it comical when people tell her that the black statue is racist due to the fact that when these were being used as part of the underground railroad the people that owned these were most likely the least racist people around.

Her claims have even been substantiated by historian Charles Blockson, who happens to be the curator of the Afro-American Collection at Temple University in Philadelphia. He says that These statues were used as markers on the Underground Railroad throughout the South into Canada, green ribbons were tied to the arms of the statue to indicate safety; red ribbons meant to keep going.”

It's a true shame to see people automatically jump to a bad conclusion in today's ultra liberal society, especially when in this case it is those who are ignorant and claim that this is racist that don't know the true root of this statue and its good natured origins.

Source: Mad World News



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