Michigan Man Hangs Confederate Flag, Noose In His Yard

A Michigan man and one of his employees have hung confederate flags and nooses from trees in two houses he owns as part of his tree trimming business. But they’re totally not racist, you guys, and you just have too much time on your hands to think that they are.

Neighbors complained about the display outside Robert Tomanovich’s home in Livonia, where he hung a noose from a tree and a Confederate flag, printed with the slogan “I ain’t coming down,” on a fence, reported WXYZ-TV.

After the complaints, a second noose was hung from a tree outside a second home Tomanovich owns down the street and used for his business, Robert’s Discount Tree Service…

Tomanovich fled inside his home when a WXYZ-TV reporter asked him for comment, but one of his employees admitted to hanging the second noose in response to the neighbor complaints.

“I love it,” said the employee, who displayed a Confederate flag license plate on his work pickup truck. “Screw ‘em.”

The employee, who declined to give his name, said he and his boss would not take down the flag or nooses.

“Hell, no,” he said. “We’re going to put up more.”

Tomanovich’s wife, Lindy, said the display was not intended to be racist.

“Robert has a friend that died in that way (hanging himself), and that’s in memory of his friend,” she said.

She claimed her husband’s family is from the south and they simply like the way the Confederate flag looks.

“Maybe they got too much time on their hands,” Lindy Tomanovich said about her meighbors. “There’s no crime in hanging a noose.”

Oh, of course not. They aren’t racist at all, they just like the way it looks. I’m sure they have lots of black friends and they even let them use their bathroom. And she’s right, it’s not illegal. But I’m guessing that Robert’s Discount Tree Service is about to see their business plunge while the rest of us point and laugh. When does the GoFundMe account open?

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  • garnetstar

    Send this guy the name of that other bigot’s nice bankruptcy lawyer.

    Gosh, that lawyer’s getting a lot of business!

  • Chiroptera

    She claimed her husband’s family is from the south and they simply like the way the Confederate flag looks.

    “And white ropes with pointed hoods? Where we come from, that’s formal wear!”

  • Chiroptera

    Oops. “Robes.”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    How many Polish does it take to be a moron? In this case, one, but you shouldn’t generalize based on this solitary example.

  • Synfandel

    He’s not Polish. He’s Livonian.

  • coragyps

    I had an inspiration this morning, before I even saw this. Some goober from the metropolis of Roscoe, Texas flies a confederate flag on a real live full sized flagpole in the middle of his cotton field. It’s at the intersection of US Hwy 84 and Interstate 20, visible from both. There’s a little chain-link fence around the pole, I presume to protect it from libruls, commies, and other folks like me.

    But the fence would support a sign with an arrow pointing up and the word “losers”. And we have a sign-making printer here at work.

  • eric

    @6 Yeah, I was thinking something similar: wouldn’t it be nice if one of Mr. Tomanovich’s neighbors put up a big yard sign saying “We won. You lost. Stings, doesn’t it?”

  • karmacat

    Why would anyone want a reminder of how a friend died? Does his wife really think people are going to buy her explanation for the noose?

  • John Pieret

    Chiroptera:

    Oops. “Robes.”

    No, to be fully formal wear, the ropes have to be white too.

  • zenlike

    “Robert has a friend that died in that way (hanging himself), and that’s in memory of his friend,” she said.

    Normal people would find that ghoulish, then again, these people wear the torture instrument used on their hero around their necks so what do I know?

  • grumpyoldfart

    “Robert has a friend that died in that way (hanging himself), and that’s in memory of his friend,” she said.

    I’ll bet Robert was pissed off when he found out his wife had mentioned the hanging: “Why in hell did you mention that silly bastard? I don’t want to be publicly associated with anyone who can’t go the distance.”

  • busterggi

    Is it too late to refuse Lee’s surrender?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Y’all don’t understand: it was a distress signal, because he flew it upside down!

  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1330993844 Robin DesCamp

    His wife claims the noose is not meant to be racist, but rather a memorial in honor of his friend who hung himself. Is that really so hard to believe? I have a friend who died in a motorcycle accident and I have a mangled Harley and severed leg hanging by my front door! He lost the limb in addition to his life, but I suppose the road-assisted amputation was moot once his heart stopped beating.

    As for the Confederate Flag, they just like the way it looks, they aren’t trying to convey a racist message. I understand why they are so fond of it, because the X is so familiar to them. After all, that is how this poor man must sign his name, bless his heart.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Synfandel “He’s not Polish. He’s Livonian.”

    Like Dr Doom?

  • StevoR

    @ 5. Synfandel : “He’s not Polish. He’s Livonian.”

    Huh? Livo.. what? (Checks wiki : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livonians ) Hmm .. hadn’t even heard of them before now. Something new learnt today -cheers!

    Just a pity he doesn’t fly the Livonian flag (green, white and blue) instead.

    Oh and hes a Michi .. what goose* can we say as well? Thought that was a northern state no? (Checks atlas -hmm.. looks like you can’t get much more northern in the US of A. (Excluding Alaska which I presume was on the Northern side of the Civil war but not a major battlefield.)

    * Presumably not the usual adjectival form of the residents but think in this case apt.

  • peterh

    Like the thing with the groundhogs, idiots keep popping up in a totally random – and meaningless – manner.

  • Chiroptera

    StevoR, #16: (Excluding Alaska which I presume was on the Northern side of the Civil war but not a major battlefield.)

    Alaska was Russian territory during the US Civil War. The sale of the territory to the US was finalized in a treaty ratified in 1967.

  • Chiroptera

    Oops. 1867.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ Chiroptera : Okay, thanks. Knew the US had bought Alaska from Russia but not when.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    Hey, geography majors, the guy is not (necessarily) of ethnic Livonian extraction, he is from Livonia, Michigan.

  • Al Dente

    skinnercitycyclist @21

    Thank you for that information, Captain Obvious.

  • Donnie

    @6 Yeah, I was thinking something similar: wouldn’t it be nice if one of Mr. Tomanovich’s neighbors put up a big yard sign saying “We won. You lost. Stings, doesn’t it?”

    I was thinking of a Black Power sign

    Plus, inviting various local organizations and / or churches with various members (African-Americans, Latinos, Caucasians) for a local street party specifically excluding the asshole neighbors. The bass speakers and amplifiers hanging in the tree pointed at the house is pure coincidence. the sign saying, ‘they ain’t coming down’ was purely coincidental.

  • dingojack

    Donnie – those speakers/amplifiers hanging in the trees, they’re to commemorate a friend who was crushed by falling speakers at a Grateful Dead concert right? And the all-night 100,000W light and 210db sound show – well it’s just ’cause we like the way it looks and sounds.

    Am I in the ball-park?

    😉 Dingo

  • Synfandel

    Dr. Doom was Latverian.