CASEY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Danny Hafley is taking his image of President Obama back to the front of his house.
“As long as I’m not breaking the law, I’m going to live my life the way I want to,” said the Ky. 78 resident.
Hafley took down the statue after hearing word he’d offended a lot of people. In fact the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights said it was going to send letters to Liberty and Casey County officials …because the mannequin was ‘a sign of hatred.’ Hafley doesn’t see it that way.
“I mean I hate that I offended people but then after I took him down…I got so much feedback about taking him down, I want to dress him back up and put him back out there,” said Hafley.
Hafley realizes the story has received a lot of attention but he maintains he did nothing wrong.
He still intends to keep the piece of plastic watermelon with the statue as well.
“I didn’t know they associate food with being racist,” Hafley said.
Yet the Human Rights Commission maintains ‘the community is embarrassed by the display.’ Hafley still says it started as simply a joke.
“I didn’t know I had to live my life to standards of somebody else,” Hafley said.
Police say they haven’t received any complaints about the display.