I appreciate and commend Hayes for having the courage to include a specific and verified act of intolerance in his first paragraph. That kind of testimony is powerful. However, his conclusion falls just a little short in this sense - not only is someone dressed up as Obama with a noose around his neck offensive to individuals of color, but to individuals of ALL colors. Who's to say that any given African American identifies MORE with our president just based on the color of his/her skin than any other citizen who may not share the same color of skin. Identity goes far beyond skin color alone.
Secondly, I'm disappointed that Hayes didn't include more specifics about the assumptions that he lists in the second, third and fourth paragraphs. Without the specifics, many people will ask themselves (maybe with some skepticism), "Why are you assuming that? What evidence can you share? Who is making the assumptions you allege?"
In general, bravo to Hayes for expressing his views on injustices happening on his campus.