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Stava-Murray says home town has “white supremacist policies”

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019

* Never a dull moment

Just days into her new job as a state representative, Anne Stava-Murray (D-Naperville) has managed to cause a stir among her constituents by characterizing her hometown of Naperville as having “white supremacist policies.”

Her remarks about Naperville came in a Facebook response to a post by Felicia Palumbo, who in early January wrote that “Naperville is the biggest bullies … horrible.”

“I know and I am so sorry,” Stava-Murray replied on her “Anne Stava-Murray for U.S. Senate” Facebook page. “I actually wanted to move to Oak Park but stayed to work on my community. Our history of white supremacist policies is ongoing.” […]

A white supremacist Naperville was news to Mayor Steve Chirico.

“I would never characterize Naperville in this way,” Chirico told the Policy Journal, “but I realize that people have many different perceptions and views.”

* Tribune

Stava-Murray said Friday she is glad her comment, which was posted about two weeks ago, is getting attention.

“I think this is a very necessary conversation people need to be having in Naperville and the Chicago area because we are still so segregated,” she said. “There are many schools in Naperville that have almost no black students in them and many schools where there is not a single black teacher teaching.”

She also said Naperville makes no effort to educate residents on the city’s history as it relates race disparities and the city’s lack of a race-based bullying policy is “one of the areas where a lack of policy is a white supremacist policy.”

Keep in mind that her plan is to run statewide in two years.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

101 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:02 pm:

    It’s getting clearer and clearer that former Rep. Olsen… is missed.


  2. - Ron Burgundy - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:04 pm:

    Good thing she is not running again, as “I actually wanted to move to Oak Park” isn’t a great campaign slogan.


  3. - blue dog dem - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:06 pm:

    Can we have term limits of two weeks?


  4. - Actual Red - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:07 pm:

    Most of the Chicago area was redlined, including Naperville, and that legacy is a legacy of white supremacy. I can’t say I know much about Naperville’s current local ordinances, but it’s politically difficult to call out this reality and I can respect Stava-Murray’s bravery in this regard even if she could have been more precise in her language.


  5. - OneMan - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:07 pm:

    It would be interesting to compare and contrast some policies between Aurora and Naperville (being roughly the same size) and have her identify which ones make one town more friendly than the other.


  6. - NIU Grad - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:09 pm:

    I agree that Naperville has a diversity problem, but this is just bad politics in action…makes alot of enemies without actually causing successful dialogue about the issue.


  7. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:10 pm:

    On the upside, she doesn’t repeat over and over and over again her past professional positions. She is at least more entertaining than Drury.


  8. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:10 pm:

    What is exciting is she won under the radar. She now wants to BE the radar everyone is watching… without any knowledge of her current job, without understanding what it could even take to defeat Durbin.

    She’ll have a shorter career than former Rep. Olsen


  9. - IWantPortillos - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:11 pm:

    I can’t tell if Stava-Murray is sincere, or a white savior.


  10. - LizPhairTax - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:12 pm:

    Rarely is the question asked, is our new state representatives learning


  11. - Terry Salad - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:14 pm:

    Naperville does have a diversity problem. The way she said it was graceless (it was in response to a FB post, not a speech). She could have shown more tact, but we all know what she is talking about. Pearls clutched. Let’s move on to actually addressing the problems.


  12. - In 630 - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:15 pm:

    If she’s trying to talk about how post-war policy choices and practices fed housing segregation and built the suburbs, she’s doing a lousy job of it.


  13. - NeverPoliticallyCorrect - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:16 pm:

    Welcome to the new world of “woke” democrats. She is a perfect example of living and legislating by slogan and feelings. The answer is to blame others, and if there is no evidence to support your claim you then just call it implicit bias. Perhaps the better descriptor is the party of guilt. It will be interesting to see if she gathers traction in Springfield much less her home district. If she does more reasons for many of us to start seriously shopping for homes outside Illinois.


  14. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:17 pm:

    I’m sure all Naperville residents especially appreciate the fact that she made this claim with no credible backup whatsoever.


  15. - Retired Educator - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:19 pm:

    Not off to a very impressive start. You become a rep. for an area, and immediately, set them out as racist. She does know she has to run again, doesn’t she?


  16. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:20 pm:

    On Chicago Tonight she said she has/had PTSD and other mental health issues. It’s clear that she is not ready for the spotlight.


  17. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:20 pm:

    –“I know and I am so sorry,” Stava-Murray replied on her “Anne Stava-Murray for U.S. Senate” Facebook page. “I actually wanted to move to Oak Park but stayed to work on my community.–

    I admire and support your commitment to Naperville. Stick with it.


  18. - BigDoggie - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:21 pm:

    I’m sure all Naperville residents appreciate the complete lack of credible reasoning that should generally accompany a claim of this magnitude.


  19. - The Real Captain - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:21 pm:

    And in the two weeks since she posted this random comment what has she done to rectify this problem? Since being sworn in what has she done? Filed a single bill? Nope, nothing, nada …


  20. - Iggy - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:24 pm:

    I sincerely doubt this individual will finish her term. I would expect a resignation to focus on a primary sometime in July.


  21. - City Zen - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:25 pm:

    “I actually wanted to move to Oak Park but stayed to work on my community.”

    Naperville is nearly as ethnically diverse as Oak Park. Granted, it’s a different kind of diversity.

    By all means move to Oak Park. Just keep your left signal on as you drive down I-88/290. Oak Parkers will appreciate your perpetual virtue signaling.


  22. - Flat Bed Ford - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:26 pm:

    White privileged Rep Stava-Murray, graduate of Benet Academy and Dartmouth… do tell how your constituents are racist. Once her children are of school age will she send them to public schools in Naperville? If she does she will quickly learn that Naperville is indeed quite diverse. Or will she send them down the same private school path of her white privilege?


  23. - Jibba - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:27 pm:

    Pearl clutching, indeed. A quick google search shows a couple of recent articles on police treatment of African American residents, including in 2016 and 2017 articles on the Trip and the Daily Herald. Not like this issue has never been raised, even if she did it poorly.


  24. - Roadrager - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:27 pm:

    Did she run to not win? These are the words and actions of someone who had no plans to actually win the election, and now has no earthly idea what to do with herself. A few more weeks of this, and the state Democratic party needs to have a talk about a graceful transition and appointing a replacement. Because two years of this will turn this seat from “surprise Democratic” to “permanent Republican.”

    Also, moving to Oak Park to escape “white supremacist policy?” Park yourself a few blocks further east, and then we’ll talk.


  25. - Montrose - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:28 pm:

    There’s a time and place to talk about how white supremacy/structural racism are baked into our systems and policies. Some Facebook comments is neither. You need context and time to be heard.

    On the plus side for her, she has clearly started her statewide bid by trying to court the Oak Park vote.


  26. - Jibba - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:28 pm:

    Naperville police, that is.


  27. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:29 pm:

    ===I sincerely doubt this individual will finish her term. I would expect a resignation to focus on a primary sometime in July.===

    I don’t think HDems could get that lucky.

    Her sole platform now is this elected office she completely dismissed as a relevant job before being sworn in… but… she’s sworn in now and will probably use and milk as much out of it as possible.

    The gift of her leaving is probably too much.


  28. - City Zen - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:29 pm:

    ==Naperville does have a diversity problem.==

    Don’t let facts and numbers get in the way…

    https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/springfieldcityillinois,napervillecityillinois,oakparkvillageillinois/PST045217


  29. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:32 pm:

    –She does know she has to run again, doesn’t she? –

    She’s not running again; she’s said she’s running for higher office. (Not saying which because it won’t matter after the primary)


  30. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:33 pm:

    New legislator sees her constituents as beneath her as she climbs the political ladder to fufill her self-annointed destiny to see everyone as beneath her.


  31. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:36 pm:

    She’s gonna make a great US Senator. She’s only a freshman but she’s pandering at a grad school level. My only regret is that Washington, DC, is not located further away from Illinois.


  32. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:37 pm:

    What am embarrassment to my party. Stava-murray will not be missed. She is lousy and reflects poorly on her district and this party.

    Go take on Durbin and resign your seat so you can focus on your Senate primary. Please.


  33. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:38 pm:

    I say this as an Oak Parker: Naperville can keep her


  34. - Red Ranger - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:40 pm:

    City Zen is correct. Maybe people should actually see what Naperville is like today instead of relying on stereotypes from 25 years ago?


  35. - Fixer - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:41 pm:

    Who gave the rep Rauner’s word jumble?


  36. - 20N 20W - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:43 pm:

    Many of Stava-Murray’s messages/causes (fighting back against sexism, institutional racism, etc.) are very worthy ones. She just does not seem like a competent or trustworthy messenger, which may, ironically, hurt the causes she champions more than it will help them.


  37. - Maestro - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:43 pm:

    I would hope this representative has put as much gusto into learning her job as she does making these accusations. That said, the Southern Poverty Law Center says a branch of the Illinois Family Institute (an anti-LGBT group) is active in Naperville.


  38. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:43 pm:

    Because of my gender and skin color, she assumes she’s my superior, reads my mind, imagines that she hears whistles no human could hear, and condemns me.

    What a piece of work.


  39. - Cheryl44 - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:44 pm:

    I grew up in Oak Lawn, in the 60s. I know what she’s talking about, even if she phrased it badly.


  40. - Leslie K - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:46 pm:

    ==On the upside, she doesn’t repeat over and over and over again her past professional positions. She is at least more entertaining than Drury.==

    I hate myself for saying this, but Drury at least had a steadfast position (he was better than everyone because he was a former federal prosecutor, his computer screen should face the door, etc.). Stava-Murray just seems to be saying random things to get attention. His at least weren’t random.


  41. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:47 pm:

    Wow, kind of a dumb way to respond. If you want to actually address a “problem” insulting much of the populace isn’t the way to break the ice. And Oak Park ain’t Hyde Park either.

    =There are many schools in Naperville that have almost no black students in them and many schools where there is not a single black teacher teaching.”=

    It is hard to find good teachers and African American teachers have never been plentiful in the applicant pool.

    My dad always told me to think before speaking.


  42. - wondering - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:53 pm:

    City Zen: What is your point? 73% white, 19% Asian….that is 93% non black\non Hispanic. I can tell you first hand, as a former Auroran, Naperville is filled with elitist transplants. The high income Asians of Naperville are every bit as elitist as the whites, I assure you. Tact is a tactful word for glossing over obvious ugly truths. She chose not to.


  43. - ItsMillerTime - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:54 pm:

    The closest I ever shall Naperville to being “white supremacist” was when some homeowner flew the nazi flag near the Naper Aero Club Airport a long time ago.

    I’m not going to say Naperville is completely devoid of racism, but callings us white supremacist implies we have KKK rallys or something.


  44. - Anon - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:54 pm:

    Illinois has some pretty well documented examples of institutionalized racism which was pervasive throughout the state.

    I get the sense that some of the commenters are letting the messenger distract from the accuracy of the message.

    Illinois is the Land of Lincoln, the Logan Laws, and Sundowntowns. We have a complicated history.

    ===- City Zen - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:29 pm:===

    City Zen, I appreciate the art of your inclusion of Springfield — the city which served as the staging ground for the race riot that led to the founding of the NAACP where institutionalized racism prevented blacks from being able to live or buy property in certain neighborhoods, the impact of which is still visible and apparent in the community today.

    I hope everyone appreciated the subtle point that you were making the same as I did.


  45. - OneMan - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 12:56 pm:

    I would argue that perhaps Naperville has a diversity problem in terms of income levels.


  46. - PJ - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 1:04 pm:

    -Welcome to the new world of “woke” democrats. She is a perfect example of living and legislating by slogan and feelings-

    Her closest comparison in terms of hollow bombast is probably Allen Skillicorn. Thinking this phenomenon is limited to (or even mostly composed of) Democrats is silly verging on dishonest.


  47. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 1:10 pm:

    Ask this genius which of Naperville’s policies are based upon White Supremacy, and if she could constructively answer, ask her what policies should be enacted.


  48. - Galesburger - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 1:12 pm:

    In regards to a history of white supremacist policy’s in Naperville, she’s not entirely off base. Dr. James Loewen talked about Naperville excluding African Americans in his book “Sundown Towns” https://sundown.tougaloo.edu/sundowntownsshow.php?id=1647


  49. - Near West side - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 1:14 pm:

    We already have way too much of her in Oak Park.


  50. - JoanP - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 1:17 pm:

    =I would hope this representative has put as much gusto into learning her job as she does making these accusations. =

    Why should she? Why bother learning a job when you are already planning to leave it? /snark/


  51. - A guy - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 1:19 pm:

    Good Lawd ma’am. Huge School Districts, 203, 204 serving the Naperville and portions of Aurora areas are very diverse.

    Naperville had enough diversity to propel a lot of these progressive (?) rookie candidates into office. She’s really intellectually and philosophically lost.

    Oak Park wouldn’t meet her standards either. Nowhere does.


  52. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 1:25 pm:

    ==In regards to a history of white supremacist policy’s==

    What’s - she running in 1952?
    She got elected, right?
    What is she talking about?


  53. - Anon - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 1:34 pm:

    ===What’s - she running in 1952?===

    Pretty sure I just watched some folks avoid criminal repercussions for what looked like an attempt to aid in the coverup of when one of their coworkers murdered a young black man in 2019.

    Some folks might thing these issues are a little more relevant than you do.


  54. - Liandro - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 1:40 pm:

    “which of Naperville’s policies are based upon White Supremacy, and..ask her what policies should be enacted”

    If only she were in a position of influence to act on that.


  55. - Norseman - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 1:46 pm:

    New self-help book, Stava-Murray version:

    How to lose friends and encourage enemies.

    Don’t spend to much thought time on this future ex-legislator.


  56. - Flat Bed Ford - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 1:48 pm:

    After a quick look at the map for her district (thanks Il Election Data!) I see her district also includes Woodridge, Lisle, Downers Grove and Darien. Do these towns have “white supremacy policies” too Rep Stava-Murray?


  57. - Blue Dog Dem - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:03 pm:

    We were snowed out of Naperville last weekend, but am planning on going there this weekend. What areas should we avoid so we dont run into any of these sort of folks..


  58. - Anon - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:03 pm:

    ==Naperville had enough diversity to propel a lot of these progressive (?) rookie candidates into office.==
    I believe that’s the point. I’m not defending her methods, but she was elected because she represented a change from the status quo.


  59. - LXB - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:08 pm:

    Guess it’s big news day in DuPage County.


  60. - Responsa - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:08 pm:

    Serious question for anyone from that general area who would care to comment: How did she get elected? What was her platform or appeal? Were people not paying attention or did she misrepresent herself with respect to her true positions and goals?


  61. - TheInvisibleMan - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:11 pm:

    - ItsMillerTime -

    Perhaps she was confused with Naperville sharing a border with plainfield.

    Plainfield, in late 2017, just missed being on the wrong end of a federal civil rights lawsuit filed against it for its zoning practices.

    A vacant church was for sale, and was bought by another group wanting to use it for the exact same purpose - a church.

    But they were brown. So the town embarked on a series of meetings where they displayed their faux concern about cars parking in the lot as a reason to block the permits. Even though the traffic would have been less than its previous use.

    It took them 3 tries to finally get it right, after it was pointed out prior to the 3rd board vote that they would lose a very embarrassing federal civil rights lawsuit if they voted to deny for the 3rd time.

    For more fun, use the google to search for ‘plainfield kkk postmaster’, to see another example of this upstanding town from the 1990s.

    Growing up there, I remember wooden crosses being burned in yards in my neighborhood… among other pleasantries.


  62. - Married to an Asian Immigrant - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:13 pm:

    ** City Zen: What is your point? 73% white, 19% Asian….that is 93% non black\non Hispanic **

    Nice to know that some “progressive” commenters think only those who are black/Hispanic can by systematically marginalized - I guess the tent is not as big as I thought.


  63. - City Zen - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:17 pm:

    ==City Zen: What is your point? 73% white, 19% Asian….that is 93% non black\non Hispanic.==

    Diversity comes in many different forms and colors.

    Let’s see how Naperville stacks up against everybody’s favorite “diverse” state, Minnesota:

    https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/mn,napervillecityillinois/PST045217


  64. - Roadrager - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:19 pm:

    ==Serious question for anyone from that general area who would care to comment: How did she get elected? What was her platform or appeal? Were people not paying attention or did she misrepresent herself with respect to her true positions and goals?==

    Ran a minimalist campaign on a “standing up to Madigan” platform, won because she rode the blue wave against a wholly unremarkable appointed replacement in David Olsen, who thought he had the race in the bag and spent his time working on other GOP campaigns in the area.


  65. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:19 pm:

    ===Let’s see how Naperville stacks up against everybody’s favorite “diverse” state, Minnesota===

    Now we’re comparing a city to a state?

    What’s next…

    “How about… Sweden?”

    Ugh.


  66. - Hamlet's Ghost - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:23 pm:

    @roadrager

    Actually, I think David Olsen outperformed every GOP candidate on the ballot, if we look only at H81 precincts.

    For example Olsen lost by 904 votes while state senator John Curran lost the H81 precincts by 3,776 votes. Curran lost DuPage overall but was saved by Homer Glen in Will County and by suburban Cook.

    Olsen also did better than all the GOP statewide candidates such as Governor, AG, etc . . .


  67. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:27 pm:

    I recall recently reading that Naperville had something close to 15% Asian population, one of the highest in the state. Do Asians not count as minorities? Last I knew, anyone who can afford to buy a home in a community, Naperville included, may do so. Is that incorrect?


  68. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:28 pm:

    –If she does more reasons for many of us to start seriously shopping for homes outside Illinois.–

    I take it you fail to see the hilarious irony in your whining about Stava-Murray.


  69. - Roadrager - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:28 pm:

    Which is probably why he thought he could coast. Didn’t quite read the room correctly, though.


  70. - RNUG - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:30 pm:

    == I would argue that perhaps Naperville has a diversity problem in terms of income levels. ==

    That is definitely true.


  71. - Rep. Tony Clifton - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:42 pm:

    Are we completely confident that “Anne Stava-Murray” is not a pseudonym for Andy Kaufman? Has he been hiding out since 1984 waiting for this moment?


  72. - Shemp - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:44 pm:

    Perhaps it’s time for Naperville to take a page out of Zimbabwe’s playbook and start seizing land and distributing it diversely.


  73. - Shemp - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:49 pm:

    I had no idea it was a “problem” that your municipality attracts wealth. Here I was, just envious of what they have. To be cursed with such problems!


  74. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:57 pm:

    I sometimes feel that we’re being told that success is bad. Financial success is maybe even criminal. To make the effort to educate yourself and get a high paying job and live in a community with others like this? Sick! We really do seem to be headed to socialism where incentive is killed, success is demonized and uniform mediocrity is desirable.


  75. - dbk - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 2:57 pm:

    Umm…

    She needs a crash course on this topic, which is one which has bedeviled experts for a long time. Minimum requirement (if she’s really interested, which I kind of doubt): Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law. Rothstein provides an extensive scholarly bibliography so she can then delve into the particular urban history/demography of Chicago and its suburbs.

    This is just bizarre - the intersection of historical redlining with wealth inequality, local zoning rules, flight to the suburbs, segregated schools, what freshman legislator could possibly take these subjects on in a serious and responsible way?

    Nobody can fix this by noting it, and believe me it’s been noted.


  76. - Tommydanger - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 3:02 pm:

    While I understand and agree you garner more attention by blowing up bridges, I always found it more productive and ultimately more satisfying to build bridges.

    I assume there is an orientation or crash course in ‘my new role as a legislator’ put on by the leadership of the respective parties. Apparently she didn’t attend or wasn’t listening.

    I am a primary vote for her color ballot and I would not vote for her not so much based on what she said, but by her lack of judgment in saying it.


  77. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 3:02 pm:

    There is a major difference between “racism” and “white supremacy.” Racism is alive and well in Naperville–unfortunately, as it is in other places. “White Supremacy?” As a public school teacher in Naperville, I can confidently say that, in that regard, she is way off–way off–the mark.


  78. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 3:02 pm:

    ===Naperville has a diversity problem===

    OK, but I wish somebody here would point out the actual white supremacist policies that are currently in place.


  79. - ajjacksson - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 3:06 pm:

    Right on the mark, Rich.

    Let me also say this–grossly exaggerating a problem doesn’t make any progress toward solving it.


  80. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 3:09 pm:

    ===…wish somebody here would point out the actual white supremacist policies that are currently in place.===

    Prolly a reason for that… easier to be offered by perceived issues than point to policy?


  81. - QuimbysSash - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 3:10 pm:

    Stava-Murray
    Dolezal
    2020


  82. - QuimbysSash - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 3:16 pm:

    Come to think of it, I think I once saw group of tiki torchers taking a break from hate marching to grab lunch at Dalicious Indian Restaurant…


  83. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 3:28 pm:

    Showboat


  84. - Union Thug Gramma - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 3:30 pm:

    From one who lives in her district and has her eyes open…can’t disagree with her. I had a service tech at my home who is hispanic and drives his own vehicle…and two different neighbors followed him to see where he was going. I’ve had parties where at least half of the guests were not white…and I was told about it. OH, and the best…we have an Indian family that moved into our neighborhood and a petition was circulated about the “Muslims’ that moved in. Also, after Pres. Bone Spurs was elected I intervened in an altercation of 2 young white men began berating a woman who was wearing a hijab…she was older than me(60) and with her elementary age granddaughter. I wasn’t the only one who saw it, but I was the only one who told the men to leave her alone. OK, that was in Lombard, which is out of this district (it was Breen’s), but close enough. Would I have used the term supremist? No, but at least white privilege, cuz it does reek of it.


  85. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 3:39 pm:

    ==Pretty sure I just watched some folks avoid criminal repercussions for what looked like an attempt to aid in the coverup of when one of their coworkers murdered a young black man in 2019.==

    So, you’re telling us - it wasn’t, right? Or are you only pretty sure you could have watched what looked like an attempt to aid something that could have happened possibly in Naperville, or at least attempted to impossibly failed to attempt to aid something that happened two weeks ago?


  86. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 3:46 pm:

    ==Would I have used the term supremist? No==

    If you did, you could have gotten elected…


  87. - Tired Teacher - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 3:55 pm:

    A shame that Rep. Olsen didn’t really campaign. Even in the face of the blue wave he should have been able to keep his seat against Stava Murray who campaigned even less than he did. An even bigger shame that our district has been saddled with such poor representation.


  88. - IKR - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 3:56 pm:

    Her rhetoric divides and feeds hate. I’m really kind of done with her narrative that white, straight, men are the problem with this world. She and others like her, engage in recreational outrage to gain support from those who would divide us. I forgive her ignorance and her hateful speach. Now, let her 15 minutes be done and let us be reminded that diversity whithout unity in purpose is pointless chaos. May we all unite in a productive purpose, forgive past transgressions, and try see the best in others.


  89. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 4:28 pm:

    ===can’t disagree with her===

    I can. I get your point, that some of your neighbors are bigots or worse. But the representative clearly was alleging that certain policies enacted by the city of Naperville promote or protect a white supremacist agenda.

    We might not be able to change a person’s heart, but we damn sure can change a city’s policies. She should clarify exactly what it is she’s trying to say, because calling everyone in Naperville a bigot isn’t a great way to begin her legislative career.


  90. - NomChompsky - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 4:36 pm:

    So is she ever going to do anything that isn’t arguing with people in comment threads? Every time I look at her Facebook? Arguing with people in the comments.

    On her own twitter? Arguing with people in the comments.

    Millennial Politics twitter post ABOUT her? Arguing with people in the comments. https://twitter.com/MillenPolitics/status/1087441876704288768

    How does one find the time to argue online this much?


  91. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 5:00 pm:

    IKR

    Could not agree with you more. WHere has this influx of malcontents come from? Hate, division, sinister plots everywhere? How did these people grow up that they are so suspicious and see negativity in everything? There are the glass half full/empty people I guess.


  92. - Geesh - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 5:11 pm:

    Rep. Tony Clifton @ 2:42pm. Just got home so commenting on an earlier post. The commentators were perhaps too righteously incensed at the time to recognize funny in your message. Nicely done


  93. - Molly Maguire - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 5:14 pm:

    That’s how it works–the more privilege you have enjoyed in your life (private schools, etc), the harder you have to work to virtue signal and prove you are woke to others in your tribe. Sometimes the results, as in this case, look ludicrous.


  94. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 5:22 pm:

    Agree with Rich and 47th Ward:

    Don’t just call it a hamburger, show me the beef.

    Where’s the beef?

    FWIW, denying the minority status of Asian-Americans or that they are victims of discrimination is not “progressive.”

    Naperville’s Asian-American population is comprised largely of immigrants. Hardly a defining characteristic of a white supremacist Mecca.

    Also, while it is certainly true that there are racists living in Naperville since there are racists living everywhere; and while it’s probably true that post war housing discrimination shaped housing patterns in Naperville from the 50’s until the 70’s…

    It is also true that Naperville’s most explosive growth began in the 1990’s and continues through today, adding roughly 70K people in new developments unshackled from legalized federal discrimination and covenants.

    I am not sure what recent public policies the representative is referring to, but I think the city’s leaders and her constituents deserve a more substantial explanation.


  95. - Angry Republican - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 5:33 pm:

    Stava-Murray is the gift that keeps on giving to the IL-GOP. After 4 years of Rauner, we can use all the help we can get.


  96. - theCardinal - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 6:03 pm:

    15 mins about done yet ? Kindly check your non-sense at the door and wait…come back in when you’re ready to have real conversations.


  97. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 6:19 pm:

    –Stava-Murray is the gift that keeps on giving to the IL-GOP.–

    Not sure how beating a GOP incumbent in Naperville is a gift.


  98. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 6:28 pm:

    I bet Madigan may soon be happy that she voted present. From incompetent nemesis Rauner to this new one.


  99. - Concerned Observer - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 7:20 pm:

    Every time I see this woman’s name I think…”Where does she get off?”

    Haven’t voted R for anything in a few elections now. If she does somehow make a general in my area, I’ll probably break that streak.


  100. - West Side the Best Side - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 8:00 pm:

    Interesting that when Rep. Underwood came back to Naperville after she was sworn in she didn’t make any of the same comments or complaints. Maybe growing up there rather than wanting to live in Oak Park makes a difference.


  101. - Blue Dog Dem - Tuesday, Jan 22, 19 @ 8:11 pm:

    Was Ms Murray a native of that area,?


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