An Indiana lawmaker who posted nooses under a Facebook story about a black man pleading guilty to rape is drawing criticism for using racist imagery.
State Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, posted a picture of a gallows with two nooses under a WISH-TV story about Marquise Dozier’s case.
Lucas said he wanted to punish the man and believes in capital punishment. Dozier faces up to 72 years in prison.
Lucas also said he’s previously posted the image under stories involving white offenders. Lucas said he isn’t racist and doesn’t believe the photo is.
The chair of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus blasted the photo.
State Rep. Robin Shackleford, D-Indianapolis, told The Indianapolis Star noose imagery is well-known to be connected to the lynchings of African Americans, and she said the “normalization of racism” must end.