Some residents are calling a symbolic political display erected by a Morgan Hill homeowner that features two watermelons and a noose racist and even vaguely threatening towards President Obama.
Many people driving along Foothill Avenue in Morgan Hill gawked at the display on a fence post in front of a home.
Just feet from a "Mitt Romney for President" sign sat a chair, empty except for two watermelons.
Draped along the side of the chair was a rope tied into a noose with a sign set up to look like a teleprompter that read "Go back to Kenya."
The apparent reference to President Obama made some people passing by, including Republicans, uneasy.
"We shouldn't be threatening with a noose and a watermelon," said San Martin resident Ben Gomez. "I believe that's a little over the top. I like the chair and the teleprompter. I mean, they're just copying Clint Eastwood, so I can't blame them on that one. But the noose goes a little over the edge."
A photo of the display was posted on Facebook by Susan Shirley of Morgan Hill, who was upset and told us she wanted people to know it did not represent a community viewpoint.
A South Bay Democratic Party leader agreed, calling it the obvious work of an individual and not a campaign.
"I think it's a very silly prank. It's like someone thinks that Halloween is right around the corner, I guess," said Steve Preminger, chair of the Santa Clara County Democratic Party. "I think it's very disrespectful that someone should do that. I think there are racist overtones. To me it's the mark of a kind of bizarre person."
Property owner Blake la Beck declined to comment when he arrived home Monday.
He did acknowledge he made the display and said it was okay with him if a picture of it is online.
He also said the display speaks for itself.