I'm not sure I've got a clear handle on the line between "hate crime" and "hate". A noose may (or may not) signify hate. Hanging a man with it is a crime that may (or may not) be motivated by racial hatred. Perhaps Sharpton and Jackson and all those they make efforts to keep in a mindset of victimization
would like any expression of hate to be a federally punishable crime. Unless of course it's a hatred of white males expressed by a gangsta "artist". Don't get me wrong, hate is most often not a good thing - but there's a long continuum from thought to actual crime. If I were punished for all my thoughts, or for all the words that have come out of my mouth..."Nooses are no prank... We were lynched!" - Sharpton
So do I agree with nooses? No. But I'd have a lot more sympathy towards viewing it as a "crime" if they weren't so hypocritical about hate and constantly perpetuating the victim mentality.