Effigies of Barack Obama were hung on the University of Kentucky campus and outside a home in Indiana this week after authorities said an effigy of Sarah Palin in California was offensive, but not a hate crime, reports the Associated Press.
A life-sized likeness of Obama was found hanging from a tree with a noose around its neck Wednesday at the University of Kentucky. University President Lee Todd said he planned to apologize to the Obama family on behalf of the school and that he is “personally offended and deeply embarrassed by this disgusting episode.”
Federal authorities have been notified, Todd said. He said the effigy violates the university’s code of ethics and won’t be tolerated.
In Clarksville, Ind., Kirk Deddo strung an Obama doll up by a noose from a tree on his lawn and called it a Halloween decoration, saying it was the most frightening one he could find, WNDA-TV in Indiana reported.
Deddo said the effigy had nothing to do with race, and he put it up because he doesn’t like Obama’s stance toward the military.
“Electing Obama as president would be the scariest thing in the world,” he told the station.
News of the Obama effigies came as the FBI and police in Los Angeles said they aren’t treating a Palin doll dangling from a noose in West Hollywood, Calif., as a hate crime because it was part of a Halloween display.
“I’m not defending this; I’m not criticizing it. It doesn’t rise to the level of hate crime,” L.A. County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told The Los Angeles Times. “Now, if there was a crime against bad taste …”