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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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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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