Then we go to West Hollywood, and see this:
Oh, that's in good taste! The property owner describes it as art.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) ― A Halloween decoration showing a mannequin dressed as vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin hanging by a noose from the roof of a West Hollywood home is drawing giggles from some passers-by and gasps of outrage from others.... He says "it should be seen as art, and as within the month of October. It's Halloween, it's time to be scary it's time to be spooky."
Yeah, art. That's a ripoff if I ever heard one.
To paraphrase, it should be seen as despicable, regardless of the month, race, or gender of the effigy.
UPDATE** Lookee here! Some dude lost a bet. White dude tied a noose. Black dude calls police. White dude goes to jail.