It appears as if two trick-or-treaters really came out to troll on Halloween in Pennsylvania, sporting full blackface with Confederate flags fashioned as capes as they went from house to house collecting candy.
But what really infuriated Esperanza Menendez, according to Lehigh Valley Live, was the fact that no one said anything even as they apparently doled out candy to the two young men – their faces and arms completely smeared in black with confederate flags tied around their necks.
“I was so enraged when I saw these kids, I never thought I’d see something like that in person honestly,” Menendez told the news site. “The fact they walked around … dressed like that and they had a bag full of candy and no one said anything, it just makes me so angry.”
In a video to Facebook, Menendez could be heard taking a stand, cursing at the two young men.
“Y’all shouldn’t do that…that’s not funny,” she said.
In the background voices could be heard chiming in “It ain’t racist.”
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Menendez, who was participating in Lower Macungie Township’s trick-or-treat night with her 10-year-old and 18-year-old sisters, as well as a friend, sent the video to her father, Rafael Menendez.
“I have been down that block (on Halloween) and there’s always tons of parents around,” Rafael Menendez said, echoing his daughter’s disbelief. “Everybody was looking, but nobody was saying anything.”
“I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be a joke because that kind of stuff is scary and, you know, it’s Halloween,” Esperanza Menendez added. “But it still made me feel sick.”
Nonetheless, the 17-year-old refused to back down in the face of the boys, whom she said she didn’t recognize.
“I feel like in today’s day you can’t show fear like that to people who think that stuff is okay,” she said. “You need to let them know what’s up or they’re going to keep walking thinking they’re superior and they can just do anything.”