A suburban Detroit business owner and his wife who hung Confederate flags and nooses on their property insist that anyone who sees the actions as racist is “stupid.”
“I am not a racist,” Robert Tomanovich, owner of Robert’s Discount Tree Service in Livonia, Mich., told the Daily News Monday night.
“I know black guys, I have black friends. We’re all laughing at this stupidity. Do you know how many white guys were hung back in the day? This isn’t racist. But all of a sudden it’s out of control.”
Tomanovich , 55,made local headlines when WXYZ reported last Friday that Confederate flags and a noose were hanging outside two of his properties, one of which he uses for his tree-cutting business. The noose hung from a tree small enough for a child to scale.
The decorations have no connection to the racist history of the Confederacy, said his wife Lindy, rushing to his defense.
Boy, sure is a terrible time we live in when people get upset over stuff like a noose hanging from a tree. Besides, all those slave lynchings and hangings? White guys died too or something, so what's the big deal?
It's not racist cause he said so, guys. CASE CLOSED.