A West Hollywood Halloween display showing a likeness of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin hanging by a noose has caused a furor among some residents who reported it as a hate crime, authorities said Monday.
Whitmore said that potential hate crimes are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If the same display had been made of a Barack Obama-like doll, for example, authorities would have to evaluate it independently, Whitmore said.
â€œThat adds a whole other social, historical hate aspect to the display, and that is embedded in the consciousness of the country,â€ he said, adding heâ€™s not sure whether it would be a hate crime.
This double standard will only cause future resentment.