This is an interesting pair of articles…
Palin effigy removed from US home after protests
Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:34pm EDT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man who prompted protests by hanging an effigy of U.S. Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin by a noose from his home at Halloween has removed the display because it was causing too much trouble.
Chad Michael Morrisette had dressed a mannequin to resemble the Alaska governor, complete with beehive hairstyle and her trademark glasses, and hung it by the neck from the eaves of his home in famously liberal West Hollywood.
In the run-up to next Tuesday’s election, this triggered counter-protests and a visit by the U.S. Secret Service, although officials concluded he had violated no law.
“It was just creating such a disturbance. There were helicopters circling overhead, counter protesters,” Jake Stevens, spokesman for West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang, said in explaining why Morrisette agreed to remove the effigy.
“Mayor Prang just kind of appealed to his common sense. He had made his point and it was becoming counter-productive,” Stevens said.
Morrisette also plans to take down a mannequin of Republican candidate John McCain which had protruded from the chimney surrounded in flames, Stevens said.
And then this one:
Ironically, dh and I read about the first incident last night, and speculated a bit about what the reaction would have been if Obama had been the person hung in effigy. Evidently, these guys wondered, too, and I guess they found out.
So hanging or burning a white dummy is okay, and hanging a black one gets you put in jail.
Uh-huh. Makes sense to me.