If you're the mayor of a town in Oklahoma, you might want to tell your hubby to leave the KKK Halloween 'prank' off the agenda, because maybe it suggests you take these things far more lightly than you should.
Imagine having to explain to your children's friends why those guys over there are burning a cross in their white hoods.
Enid Oklahoma Mayor Theresa Sharp now has to deal with that particular problem, after her husband and his pals put together a KKK cross-burning "prank."
Cary Kent Sharp, 47, of Lahoma is listed as a suspect in the report, which lists the offender as suspected of using alcohol.
Lahoma Police Chief Matt Hankins said Sharp, who is the husband of Lahoma Mayor Theresa Sharp, was not charged.
“It was a prank gone bad,” Mayor Sharp said.
Mayor Sharp clarified she was nowhere near her property during the incident.
"I was out trick-or-treating with my son, and I in no way support the activities that occurred," she said.
Cary Sharp said no harm was meant.
“This is ridiculous, really,” Cary Sharp said. “It was a Halloween night.”
At 10:20 p.m. Saturday, a woman reported people on Anthony Street were dressed as Klu Klux Klan members and burning a cross, according to the report. The reporting party was extremely upset, Niles said.
Hankins advised Garfield County Deputy Aaron Moore that the property at the end of Anthony Street is county jurisdiction. The building on Anthony Street is in the Lahoma city limits, but the backyard is in Garfield County, Niles said.
“Hankins and I tried to explain to the woman that although in poor taste, the Constitution protects freedom of speech and that we can't make them stop,” Moore wrote in the report. “This further irritated the woman.”
Deputy Moore made contact with the group at the bonfire. Sharp was dressed in white robe with a large cross on it but no hood, according to the report.
“I advised the group why I was there, and that although I know it was a joke that they save them and myself anymore headaches to not burn anymore crosses,” Moore wrote in the report.↓ Story continues below ↓
Niles said the mayor’s husband and adult buddies were involved. The sheriff said the cross in the photo was not burned, but there was a bonfire.
“There was no cross that burned,” Sharp said. “It was held behind the fire to look like it was burning, but there was no fire. The pictures we’ve seen claimed they were burning one, but there was not one burnt.”
I love that "no harm was meant" comment, don't you? Because everyone thinks the KKK is a joke unless maybe you live in the South and endure the kinds of torment they visit on people of color every day.
But it'll all be fine. I'm sure the good mayor is right that she was nowhere near the scene of the crime and doesn't agree with any of it. As for hubby, maybe he should content himself with Halloween "pranks" that are alcohol and racism-free.