By Nona Tepper
Four days after an African-American woman awoke to "White Power," swastikas and profanity scribbled on her garage door, she rose to find her property surrounded with a different kind of message: neon signs that read "Here with love," "Hate will never be comfortable! We stand united in fight to end racism," and hand-drawn hearts, which stood tall around the front and back sides of her townhome on the 7700 block of Harvard.
"A few days earlier I kind of felt like I was on an island, like 'Why me? Why single me out?'… [With] the outpouring and the outreach of support I feel very, very well connected to the community even though I was anonymous," she said. "I feel really good that people still care about their community, and they were seeking out where this happened. We want to shut this [hate speech] down, know this is not acceptable."
She thanked neighbors for reaching out to make sure she felt safe and Suburban Unity Alliance, an Oak Park-based group that showcases diversity and raises awareness about discrimination in suburban communities. She said SUA signed some of the signs they posted.
Answer Book 2019
To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2019 Answer Book, please click here.
Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.
|Submit Letter To The Editor|
|Place a Classified Ad|