Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Three White Students At Lewis University In Illinois Charged With Making Racial Comments And Displaying A Noose To Three Black Female Students
The three students at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois pictured above have been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly making racial comments and gestures. This post cobbled together from a number of incomplete media stories, to include WLS Channel 7 in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune, the Herald-News, and the Lewis University website. Active Topix forum available HERE.
On Thursday April 16th, 2009, Romeoville police arrested 21-year-old Matthew McCormack of Schaumburg, 19-year-old Daniel Rusch of Schaumburg, and and 20-year-old Michael Lisman of Kansas City at the campus' North Hall. Originally booked for a hate crime, the charges were subsequently downgraded to disorderly conduct for each one. According to police, three Black female residents of a North Hall dormitory reported that the men, who were in the room directly above theirs, were partying and making racial slurs and threatening remarks about 1 A.M. The females allege that the men also lowered a noose in front of their window.
One of their alleged victims, who remains unidentified, says they should be charged with a hate crime. "I really need more to be done. Disorderly conduct is not enough when you know peoples' lives have felt to be in danger," said the student.
The three students have been restricted from campus pending a student judicial hearing. Campus Security is still conducting an investigation as part of the University's judicial process. Lewis University issued the following statement: "Actions of this nature will not be tolerated. The Lewis University Mission value of Justice affirms the equal dignity of every person. We are called as Lewis community members to value diversity and move beyond constraints of differences in order to foster unity".
I'd almost be willing to bet my next paycheck that the noose story is made up. The girls probably threw that in to get a more expeditious police response.
Comments on the Topix forum, for the most part, question whether this should really be such a big deal. In contrast, comments to the Tribune story are less supportive - one individual suggests they should be charged with a hate crime, forced into therapy, and required to socialize with Blacks to find out what they're really like.
Perhaps the reason the White students have negative attitudes towards Blacks is because they ALREADY have socialized with them and KNOW what they're like. Exposure to TNB is a sure-fire cure for diversity.