Evanston news delivered free to your inbox! 

My last story in the RoundTable (April 12) was in reference to the Feb. 26 killing of an African American teenager in Florida by a man identified as white and Hispanic.

On April 8, two men in Tulsa, Okla., who identified themselves as “white” (later reported to be part Native American) were arrested for shooting and killing three African Americans and wounding two others on April 6.

Unlike the Florida incident in which the killer was not immediately charged with anything, these Oklahoma men were charged with murder on April 13.

An article in the April 18 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times described a racist posting on the Facebook page of Michael Iniquez, a Cicero, Ill. school board member. The article described the posting as a “variation of the n-word next to a photo of a nearly naked dancing, black child.” A Facebook friend of Mr. Iniquez responded to the posting with a reference to the Brookfield Zoo, the article said.

The school board member denies that he is responsible for the racist posting. He blamed his teenage son for it and said that he ‘recently removed another offensive post by his son.” But he could not explain why he had not removed the racist posting from December.

In the coverage of the killing of the African American youth in Florida, the killing and wounding of African Americans in Oklahoma, and the racist posting by Mr. Iniquez, it was pointed out that the racial makeup of the offenders was something else besides white. The killer in Florida was white and Hispanic, the two in Oklahoma were white and Native American and Mr. Iniquez is Hispanic. Members of every human group commit crimes and offenses against others. Hate crimes are no exception. Hatemongering – it seems we just can not get away from it.

Peggy Tarr

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...