Governor Cuomo Orders Investigation Into ‘Racist Display’ of Confederate Flag and Skelton at Oriskany Home
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is ordering an investigation into the 'racist display' of a black skeleton and Confederate flag at a home in Oriskany.
"I am shocked and disgusted by reports of a black skeleton with a noose around its neck displayed beside a confederate flag at a home in Oneida County," Governor Cuomo said in a statement.
The reports came from WKTV about the display at a home on Elm Street in Oriskany that had residents concerned. "These racist and violent symbols are offensive, are a clear act of intimidation, and go against everything we believe in this state," said the Governor, who is directing State Police to investigate.
But what can State Police really do? Local police have said it's considered freedom of speech and the homeowner is protected under the First Amendment. But the Governor isn't having it.
"At a time when President Trump and Washington are sowing fear and division across this country, New York must be a haven for tolerance and equality -- I will not stand for anything less," Governor Cuomo said.
Both the flag and skeleton have since been taken down, according to WKTV.