John Johnson, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, called the action unacceptable even if it was a prank.
Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville chapter of the NAACP, said he is still trying to sort out his feelings "because there may be a double-meaning because Barack Obama is black, that he would be hung from a tree—that goes back to lynching."
Gov. Steve Beshear called the incident "embarrassing" and "deeply offensive."
"This was not political speech. It was simply hate," he said.
Federal authorities have been notified, Todd said. He said the effigy violates the university's code of ethics and won't be tolerated.
"I am outraged because we work very hard, every day, to build bridges across the divides," Todd said. "Diversity and inclusion are among our most precious core values. Episodes like this serve only to erode our confidence in and respect for one another."
I'll take those folks word for it...