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Man Charged After Hate Crime at Elmhurst College

Racist words found carved on dorm window ledge.

A 21-year-old from Libertyville is scheduled for a January hearing on a charge he carved racist remarks into a concrete window ledge at Stanger Hall at Elmhurst College earlier this month.

Myles Burton was charged with a hate crime related to the felony criminal damage to property after "KKK," "Negro" and "I hate black people" were discovered. The incident reportedly occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 8.

Burton turned 21 on Dec. 10. He received an underage drinking ordinance violation earlier this year, according to court records.

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Stewart Levine December 17, 2011 at 01:31 AM
I do not condone this mans behavior or endorse his views at all. Hate crimes are a violation of our right to freedom of speech. It's an attack on our first amendment right to express our views...anything can be construed or misconstrued technically as 'hate speech' i hope everyone continues to watch this case closely. What this man did was felony damage to criminal property. Just watch soon having these thoughts will be a crime in itself. Go ahead, don't believe me... google thought crimes..
J December 17, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Anything can be construed or misconstrued technically as 'hate speech'? You take the time to defend his right to spew his BS? Seriously? You are all wet on this point. Mr. Burton needs a timeout from Elmhurst College, maybe permanently, and appropriate punishment for the property damage. Hate crimes shouldn't be tolerated, let alone defended.
Jim Court December 17, 2011 at 03:47 PM
Hate takes place when others are acted upon that puts them in harms way. I "hate' when my son is lazy. I "hate" burglars" and crooks. No one can force you to accept something or someone. As uncomfortable as it is, I think we have a right to "hate", although that term is extreme, as well as have prejudice. We all have prejudices. Do you like a Honda or Toyota? Vanilla or chocolate? Semantics might say these are preferences, not prejudices. Call it what you may, we all form opinions. We all should have a right to discriminate. We do it in dating, marriage, what neighborhood we live in, and who we associate with. I do not like or appreciate lower class behaviors. No law can make it acceptable to me. Just as we can be for or against Republicans or Democrats, we should never be forced into blind acceptance. This is not a liberal attitude nor a conservative one, it is a libertarian belief. This crime should not even move to a felony level based on the property damaged. A felony carries a huge burden and has significant long term consequences.
Stewart Levine December 18, 2011 at 05:28 AM
Jim, you are right on point, thank you for stepping in and going into detail so mister Jeff Cooper can understand it correctly. I think it would be to everyone's benefit if they understood this point correctly.
Stewart Levine December 18, 2011 at 05:56 AM
Never did I ever defend his so called 'hate speech' I said hate speech is an assault on the 1st amendment. Next thing you know there will be thought crimes. it will be a crime for you to think certain thoughts... Maybe you need to re-read the first sentence of my previous comment. In this day and age.. bigotry in multicultural america.. is absolutely not tolerated.. especially when it comes to ethnicity, sex or culture..i'm sure there is more to this story, according to the ill. dept. of human rights. the white male is actually the only unprotected class from discrimination.., maybe he was reacting to bigotry himself. the real question is whether this young man has the right to hate someone or be ignorant. if you think that the government can legislate morality.. then maybe you should vote for another 4 years of Obam-unism. He'll fix us real good Don't worry, we know where you are coming from... I mean what does it matter if we freedom or tyranny anymore as long as they can keep printing unlimited monopoly money they can build unlimited prisons, and we can stick this guy in a concrete box and let him out in 5 years and i bet you think he'll be a real reformed citizen. most don't seem care as long as they can keep eating their cheese burgers and watching their american idol. ignorance perpetuates ignorance.. it takes a village to raise a child and in so many ways society has failed many of us. including yourself for missing the point and having to have it spelled out for you.
Steven Bayne December 18, 2011 at 01:02 PM
I'm not sure 'negro' is exactly hate speech. That seems a little strong, but the rest might be so construed; as for legal action aside from defacing property that is a little extreme. Back in the late fifties it was VERY common for kids to scratch swastikas on walls. They were all over the place! These kids had parents who were combat vets in many case. I never did it; in fact even then I thought it was appalling but there it was and now we worry about 'negro'! This kid will probably look back with great embarrassment sometime in the future and well he should but he ought not do time for this. A guy recently who told a really innocuous joke was sacked from Roosevelt University after twelve years of teaching (Engler); no mention of race, even. Things are getting way out of hand.
Brian December 19, 2011 at 02:25 AM
Alton IL- A white male, Richard Skelton, is attacked and stomped to death by a group of 25 blacks while black onlookers yell, "kill the cracker". This was not investigated as a hate crime. This is the least graphic of over thrity two black on white crimes that I went through none of which were investigated as a hate crime. There is no defense for the white man who is victim of a hate crime but god forbid a white man call a black man a name they call each other and is found in almost every single rap song.
Jim Court December 19, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Brian, You intelligently point out the hypocrisy and double standards that apply. We have to politically correct and over sensitive. If someone is called "trailer trash" does anybody get prosecuted? I don't believe so. A felony for writing on property? Did you ever see trains and walls in the City? Who does this ? What are they charged with?
Jim Court December 19, 2011 at 09:33 PM
Tina, If your daughter came home with a drug addicted, violent person who never worked I guess you would embrace them with open arms. You also would have no discernment in your choice of friends.. Do the Police and the military profile people? What are the reasons you live in Elmhurst? We all pick and choose. We have become overly sensitive. I have been called names. It does not affect me. You cannot exist in this world if you can not transcend others opinions and not have a deep and abiding sense of who you are. Criticism helps me grow when it has merit. When it doesn't I dismiss it. I guess I must be asleep.
Ms. Taylor December 20, 2011 at 12:03 AM
Racism is not okay in any way, shape, or form! I can’t believe some of you so called educated people are actually trying to rationalize his actions! Freedom of Speech does not mean belittle a person nor does it mean alert every one of your racial stand point. The problem is the intentions behind his actions; he could have simply put it in a notebook and kept it to himself. But the audacity of any individual to go to that extent is simply pathetic! Stewart you are absolutely right ignorance does perpetuate ignorance and you and Mr. Burton are two of the many ignorant people who exist in our society. So I guess in a perfect word for you too it would be okay to spray paint a house expressing how much I hate gays or maybe even throw a brick through your car window with a little note expressing how much I hate your race (whatever it may be). I mean after all its just freedom of speech with a pinch of vandalism! In all honesty it’s just a shame that this conversation is taking place in 2011 and what’s even more ridiculous is that people are actually trying to argue the other side.
Jim Court December 20, 2011 at 01:18 AM
Ms. Taylor, Are you not discriminating when you state that Mr. Levine is ignorant, based on your personal viewpoint. Democrats often "hate; Republican point of views. Republicans have been known to hate Democrats and particularly our current President. I "hate" the Jerry Springer show and would more than write a note to myself to express this. No one said it is right to damage someones property or in any way hurt those you do not like. We are talking about two distinct issues. One is freedom of speech, the other is about property damage or hurting others. Maybe I shouldn't be writing to you. I will find a paper and write down and then show it to no one. I might offend someone if I do. Oh well.
Dan Campana December 20, 2011 at 04:25 AM
To clean up some of the legal aspect of this: In Illinois, you are not charged with a hate crime, but it is added on to another offense when certain criteria are met. Typically, an action intended to shock or alarm someone else. Second, the criminal damage to property is charged as a felony because this is school property, not based on the amount or type of damage involved.
Mrs. Ray-Chambers December 20, 2011 at 04:29 AM
The fact that something like this happened in 2011 is ridiculous. Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and it is safe to say that we all have our own prejudices. However, that should not give someone license to attack on another person's solitude, character, race, gender, creed or sexual orientation. I will agree with my colleague that it is a shame that this type of dialogue is taking place among educated people. I hope that anyone who is contributing to this conversation is enrolled at an accredited university or already has some sort of degree. That being said, who are we not to embrace each others' similarities and differences? Who are we to single one another out? Who are we to judge someone openly based on how they look? What has the school system taught us? The American education system has failed the accused male and anyone who is remotely defending him. No one is attempting to defend the victim here which is mind boggling. No one is ranting and raving about how she felt or how they would feel if they were in her unfortunate position. Let's not loose sight of what really occurred. (The story above did not reveal if it was on the window ledge of a student's room or if it was a hall window but from other sources, it was a window of a female student.) The bottom line is that it's not right and there is no justifying the situation. If it happened to me or someone close, there would be extreme action towards justice in place. Mrs. Ray-Chambers
Jim Court December 20, 2011 at 05:34 AM
Do you think it is wrong to attack someones character, or lack of ? I guess Hitler would get a free ride. The Hells Angels might enjoy your non judgmental thought process. The concept of dress for success would be irrelevant .We live in a culture of victimization and entitlement. Everyone is not the same. It is impossible to find everyone acceptable. There are people I admire and those who I will never understand or even accept. Your statement about "educated people" indicates that you hold education in high regard. What about those who reject education and could care less about values that you support? Lying, cheating and stealing should not be "judged" Your last sentence sounds like a vigil ante ? Pretty tough on those who offend you, aren't you?
Stewart Levine December 20, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Why would you accuse me of being ignorant? If anything I think you are because here you are twisting what i'm saying.. I'll say it again I do not endorse or condone this mans behavior or beliefs. And no I do not think it's okay to vandalize or carry out destruction of private property. those actions are violent in nature. If it were your own home and you wanted to spray paint it or put up a sign that said adam and eve not adam and steve i think that is okay. This country was founded on the premise that you are entitled to your opinion and beliefs regardless of whether they are in the majority or minority and others like them or not.. its why we're the freest country in the world. there are exceptions to the first amendment obviously you cannot yell fire in a crowded theater and others. I would encourage someone with more details of this case to share them.
Stewart Levine December 20, 2011 at 12:03 PM
in my opinion i don't think any class of people should be 'protected' but as long as we are going to play the big communist government game i'm sure there will be more departments and bureau's than you can think of or name. i actually laugh at the fact that you think one person is more intelligent based on attending a university or any college for that matter. most so called universities or schools of 'higher learning' rely on a hive or heard mentality, group think and do not allow questioning the status quo.. there is no such thing as individuality anymore... they are merely dog and pony' shows, state indoctrination, and job training.. you dont even get jobs going to them anymore, you get debt. the american education system is a sham, you are taught to run well on your hamster wheel. thats about it.......
J Steen January 08, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Pretty laughable that the usual TeaKluxer that calls himself a "libertarian" is defending this doofus that is being allowed by his loving parents to sit and rot in jail for his ignorant choices that led to his defacing private property. You pathetic Elmhurst navel-gazers are hilarious !

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