Obama effigy found hanging in Carter's hometown

Secret Service is investigating the incident, which occurred in Plains, Ga.

By Alex Koppelman
Published January 4, 2010 2:40PM (EST)

When former President Jimmy Carter said last fall that "an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man," he got slammed for it. But a recent incident in the former president's hometown of Plains, Ga., seems to be an example of exactly what he was talking about.

The Secret Service is investigating an effigy of Obama -- a black doll, reportedly with a sign with the president's name on it -- that was found hanged, noose around its neck, in Plains over the weekend. The location where the doll was placed may not have been coincidental: It was found in front of a red, white and blue sign that says, "Plains, Georgia. Home of Jimmy Carter, our 39th President."

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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