Black Baby Doll Hung from Noose in NYC Parks Dept.

December 21, 2011  |  

A routine morning for a New York City Parks Department worker in the Bronx turned into one filled with anger and frustration as a black doll dressed in pink was found hanging by a noose made of metal chains right out in the open yesterday.

The act is likely not random, as the doll was found in front of the loading dock, an area that only department workers can access. The letters “KKK” were also found on the bathroom wall. This isn’t the first incident of racism at the facility either.  In 2008, the Parks Department settled a lawsuit filed by employees claiming a racially hostile work environment for more than $20 million dollars.

The Parks Department Commissioner released a statement in response to the current incident, saying: “The Parks Department does not tolerate hateful acts such as this or any form of discrimination. We are committed to maintaining a safe and respectful workplace for all staff. We immediately reported this incident to the NYPD and are fully cooperating in their investigation.”

Geoffrey Croft, who broke the news on his blog,, said the department worker who found the doll is “pretty traumatized.” Police are investigating the act as a hate crime.

Have there ever been blatant symbols of racism displayed at your workplace?


Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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