Can The Media Conjure Up a “Hate Crime” on the Far South Side?
A single black mother renting in Mount Greenwood had her garage victimized by Hate Criminals. Some person or persons painted the garage on the property she rents with hate words. Kids most likely. Kids.
Kennedy Park, in my Morgan Park neighborhood, had its property victimized by Hate Criminals. Some person or persons painted Swastikas on the Chicago Park District Property. Kids most likely. Kids.
The Chicago Sun Times News Group has gone flat-out to raise these crimes against property to the level of Group Hate.
A Southtown Star columnist, who used the demise of the South Side Irish Parade as a dunghill from which to crow an accusation that the Parade was spawned by Group Hate, Phil Kadner wrote about the Swastika incident as another example of the Hate Accepted by this neighborhood. That is as quantum a leap in logic as can be had, but quite the norm in Progressive agenda journalism – where State Legislators who vote against a tax increase are howled at as cowards and anti-Abortion citizens deemed hit-people.
Phil Kadner stated in his Parade column that, “According to neighborhood legend, the South Side Irish Parade was launched by two families that fondly recalled the original St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 79th Street. It seems to me it really grew in popularity about the time the Daley clan was out of power, Harold Washington was mayor, and the Irish of the 19th Ward decided to secede from Chicago.”
Phil Kadner ignored the historical fact that the Parade was up and running while Jane Byrne was mayor and that the parade, in fact, began with the Hendrys and Coakleys and little kids in wagons, but Phil Kadner needs to manufacture hate. The 19th Ward is not a Bosnia, Chechnya, or Lebanon – like many Chicago neighborhoods and Public Schools seem to be; therefore, find something to tag with Hate paint, or ink.
Morgan Park, Beverly and Mount Greenwood are what the Media call ‘white flight; close-knit ethnic; hostile to blacks; systemic racist’ neighborhoods. They are not anything close to that.
Happy people live here. People live happy lives when they contribute to successful outcomes of life as the result of devotion to Faith, Family, Friends, as well as hard work, thrift, care for property – their own and others, mutual respect and community involvement. Happy people stand in the way of the Progressive mindset which controls the Media. This mindset is moved by programs funded by government and restrictions on Freedom of individuals. Everyone must accept Abortion as a Reproductive Health Issue and Gay Marriage as the reason Patriots froze at Valley Forge and in the Chosin Reservoir.
Progressives hate happy people. Happy people do not need Ordinances or Beefed Up Police Presence to not go around throwing shots from a 9mm or a Tech 9. Progressives need very unhappy people in order to have something to say. Progressives need Coalitions to get People in T-shirts and marching. Unhappy people generate more tax dollars for Public Schools that are killing grounds. Progressives hate Catholic Schools, because Catholic Schools work and now Progressives hate Charter Schools, because they too seem to work. Progressives hate, it seems to me, whatever they can not control, much less understand. Progressives are not stupid. They do not slap slogans on with paint – they use the Media. Please, save all the Hannah Arendt “Banality of Evil” and little Eichmanns for the Ward Churchill and Billy Ayers Roundtables on Channel 11.
I live by the tracks. The trains carry weed seedlings from all over this great country of ours. I use a lawn service. Tru-Green Chem Lawn. I am a lousy gardener . . . as well as most other things. However, I have fewer weeds. Occasionally, I need to go out and pull some weeds and dandelions. Somehow they got through.
Somehow, a garage got painted with Hate against a black lady and her kids in Mount Greenwood. Somehow, Swastikas got painted on Kennedy Park Property. In the most recent incident Souttown Star reporter Steve Mesch at least asked some of my neighbors about how to deal with the Swastikas.
Now, mind you, were this not asked by a reporter from an agenda hot Media Group, a normal answer might have been “paint over the God Damn Swastikas.” Instead, Group Guilt answers were needed. An editor or a columnist declared, “Let’s put some sexy hate in this story and really link up two property crimes into a meatloaf of race hate.”
However, after speaking to the police, Mr. Mesch, was treated to the honesty of my neighbors:
“It’s probably kids,” one officer said. If police do find whoever is responsible, jail may be too strong a punishment, said Terry McEldowney. He has something else in mind.
“They ought to slap the (expletive) out of them. Take the cuffs off the cops’ hands and let them slap ‘em around,” said McEldowney, of the West Beverly neighborhood.
“I’m offended that somebody’s that stupid to do something like that. It’s gotta be kids, right, acting like a fool? I mean the swastika represents everything that’s wrong with the ’30s and ’40s. It’s horrible. This is absolutely uncalled for. It’s wrong. You can’t do that stuff,” said McEldowney, 63. ( emphasis my own)
McEldowney, who is white, noted that the 19th Ward “is pretty well integrated.”
When black and white children were leaving a summer camp at the park, Melissa Wilson walked up to pick up her son and daughter.
Wilson, who is white, was shocked to learn of the graffiti “especially after that incident with the lady’s garage.”
“It’s disturbing, especially if it’s kids doing it. They may not know why people would be upset. Or they’re doing it for a reason.
“This is a neighborhood park. We’re lucky to have this park,” Wilson said.
Tom LePretre, president of the Kennedy Park/West Morgan Park Civic Association, was not available for comment Tuesday. His wife, Jennifer, called the graffiti, “very unusual because we are a diverse community.”
Yep, my neighbors are black, Mexican and close-knit ethnic Catholic. On Friday, we helped siphon out the Mexican guy’s basement – I feel your pain, Brother! My basement floods every time someone cries in my neighborhood. Thank God, Happy People are not whiners and criers.
STNG will link two crimes against property and nuance a string of editorials and columns by Phil Kadner, who, it seems to me, can’t stand his readership, declaring Group Guilt.
There are no white on black crimes to report. No shootings of black kids by gangs of white kids. No Mutilations. No Burnings. No Hate Speech. No Jim Crow. No Profiling. Happy people do not hate, because they are too busy working, achieving, coaching, playing, mentoring and engaging in acts of charity.
Hate is being manufactured out of nothing. Like the weeds the problem of the garage painting and hateful slurs and the Swastikas appeared. Paint over them and get on with life. That is what happy and fulfilled and important people do.
The Hate will pour out from the Media. It’s easier than living a happy life.
Pat Hickey is a regular columnist for the Chicago Daily Observer
image Beverly Castle, a landmark in the Beverly Neighborhood