Three white teens charged with hate crime against black teen

We are in the 21st century right?

Because it does not look like it to me from the article posted in NY Daily News. According to the article, three white male teens wrapped a noose around the neck of a black classmate who was romantically involved with a white teenage girl (one of the white teens cousins) in Chicago.  He was allegedly held at knife point.

The three suspects lured the black teen to one of their houses and attacked the 17-year-old teen two days before Christmas 2011. The victim was beaten before one of the suspects slipped the noose around his neck. Throughout the whole incident, the three suspects were saying racist remarks.

One of the suspects, Mark Herrmann, 18, was charged with the hate crime, unlawful restraint and battery as an adult.

The other two suspects, 16 and 17-year-old boys, were charged with the same crimes but as juveniles.  The 16-year-old boy also faces the charge of aggravated assault for pulling a knife on the victim.

I’m sorry, but all I can do is shake my head in shame.  This is absolutely ridiculous.  I am speechless at the ignorance and pure hatred still existing in our society today.  This is the 21st century where we are meant to all be treated as equals and where interracial couples are everywhere!

Love is love – does not matter if you are black or white, Asian or Latino, gay or straight.  Everyone deserves the same level of respect and equality.

My only sorrow is that this young man had to experience such hatred for being human and loving.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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