Louie Jones Jr. placed afro wigs on his collection of lawn jockey ornaments and set them among his Confederate flag displays.
He lives in the Lindale home with his father, and he said the display has been up for years without complaint, reported WXIX-TV.
The lawn jockeys are joined by a black-faced figurine eating a slice of watermelon and a dark-skinned mannequin with an afro wig and large, garishly painted red lips.
“In no way, shape, or form should anybody think that it’s racist,” Jones insisted.
His friend told Fox 19 reporter Maytal Levi he had started with the Confederate flags and had grown to include the racist caricatures.
“They went up, a few of them at one time, and then a couple more were added, but the flags have always flown,” Tammy said. “That’s for our country.”
“It’s not racist, it’s for the war that we won, you know,” Jones said.
The TV reporter seemed to genuinely confuse Jones when she asked if he believed the North or South had won the Civil War.
“We, as in the North,” Jones said, after a pause, and then turned to stare at passing traffic.
Then it was the TV reporter’s turn to be confused.
“That flag would be the wrong flag to fly,” the reporter said.
Tammy quickly interjected.
“Um, in some people’s eyes,” Tammy said.
Tammy explained that the lawn jockey ornaments were intended to honor “the first blacks that played the baseball game,” and then she tried to explain the mannequin.
“Like, the mother of the baseball players, basically,” Tammy said.
He said his family has been threatened over the display, but he had little explanation to anyone who believes he hates black people.
“Everybody hates everybody, you know?” Jones said. “It just depends on what you hate and what you like. It ain’t got nothing to do with race, we ain’t racial.”