Obama figure hung from tree in racist stunt

SIGNS of strength in the polls for Barack Obama yesterday were tempered by news of sickening racist taunts aimed at the Illinois senator, including a likeness of him found hanging from a tree at a university in Oregon.

Along with the cut-out of Senator Obama, hanging on fishing line at the Quaker-founded George Fox University outside Portland, there was graffiti alluding to "Act 6" - a reference to black recipients of the scholarship programs at the university, The Australian reports.

And in New Jersey, leaflets started appearing with darkened photos of Senator Obama asking, "Do you want a black president?", and saying that countries run by blacks were "the most unstable in the world".

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