Goosestepping in Oak Park, IL/Racist Graffiti at Oak Park-River Forest High School

Kind of funny, or ironic that a day after the Chicago Gay Pride Parade and a few after the End of Ramadan (Eid-al-Fitr) that the lobby of the Oak Park-River Forest High School has Swastika drawn in it. This type of graffiti defacement is nothing new nowadays in fact, it has become more commonplace recently, almost like people have the green light to be hateful.

The thing is will there be actual consequences for this type of behavior? Probably not. This lobby most likely has security cameras and the offender is (again) most likely recorded doing the deed. If it was not recorded or there are no cameras (I do not know firsthand, because I do not prowl around high schools), then someone probably saw something or the young idiot bragged to their friends about it. Either way, there are multiple ways to be caught for this offense and the offender should be expelled, and publicly shamed as a consequence so others do not idiotically follow in their footsteps.

However, as “liberal” as Oak Park, Il says it is they will definitely, just “talk” to this person after discovering who they are, without giving them a REAL education that such shit is not acceptable in the real world. That such actions once publicized can ruin employment opportunities and education ones, like those kids who had their acceptance letter revoked by Harvard. But Oak Park, Il is okay with fighting against and railing against injustice elsewhere so long as it is not in their own community.

Keeping the façade of the “welcoming” village on paper through 1-year leases to minorities and their “go green stances” but underneath they will cover for the little racists in their community. Cover them with excuses like “they are good kids really” “they have a lot of “______ (insert minority in the blank)” friends” or that it would be detrimental in some way to be too severe with the punishment because it would be a “blight” upon the community. In the end, Oak Park, IL will do what it always does talk the talk but will not walk the walk.

Here is the article from the Patch which discusses more about the Graffiti:

https://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/swastika-graffiti-defaces-oak-park-river-forest-high-school-lobby

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Gay Pride Parade Chicago (2017) was awesome but no pics :(

Went to the Gay Pride Chicago parade I had a good time, however, no usable pictures because every time I tried to take a picture I got flashed! No, not by just the ladies but guys as well. LOL, Therefore I had a good time but had to decide quickly that I was not going to keeping taking pictures of private parts that would mostly get me in trouble online if I posted them. I am still going through them to see if my friend Sarah who went with me took any good ones, but I doubt it because they were flashing her too! HA!

Although it was a good time, it still put across the point of celebrating another community within our equally diverse area. That is still dealing with their fight for rights, that will still show up and be determined to be seen and heard. But in the meanwhile, will still have a good time no matter what. Like I said hopefully, I can get some usable pictures off the phone, but if not I will just wait for next year.

PS: It was great to be in my old stomping grounds again, Lakeview, I sorely miss it. I think I would give up this one bedroom shitty “vintage” apartment in Oak Park, IL for a studio any day! I miss the shops (I will not lie), the nightlife and most importantly the overwhelming diversity and acceptance of individuals from all walks of life in the area. Something Oak Park, IL as liberal as they want to say they are, can never be.