Having been burned before by the apparent disappearance of the “racist router” broadacsting the SSID “N*****R_DICK” to the patrons of a busy business district of coffee shops and restaurants in “All America City” Niles, IL, we have waited a few days to publish an update on the case. Our correspondent has visited the Panera Bread facility at 7023 W. Dempster St. in Niles, IL twice a day for the past three days (October 25-28) and confirms that the router has not been broadcasting its hate-filled message during this time.
Our investigation of this case has revealed that it is possible that the router broadcast has been going on for quite a while. At one time, a router in the exact same location was broadcasting the name “White Eagle” to the community. We are continuing to research this and will also continue to monitor the location to determine whether or not the termination of this racist provocation was a temporary cessation or actually the end of this garbage. We have notified the local press and the NAACP and have contacted the Trotskyists of the Partisan Defense Committee and the Spartacist League about this case over the past week. So far, we have only received a response from the Niles/Morton Grove “Patch” newspaper, who have suggested that our party publish a letter in their newspaper addressed to the local citizens about the matter. We reproduce that letter here. Once again, we would like to thank Ms. Cathy Spadoni, Secretary of the Village of Niles’ “Community Relations Commission” for her prompt action in getting this racist router broadcast taken down. We encourage the working class citizens of Niles and Morton Grove to call her and thank her for a job well done: she can be reached at 847-588-8000. – IWPCHI
Stop the Racist Router Broadcast in Niles!
26 October, 2012
Brothers and Sisters;
We have recently become aware of the existence of a wifi router on the border of Niles and Morton Grove, broadcasting the name “N*****R_DICK” to the community.
This router is located somewhere near the strip mall just west of Waukegan on Dempster where Chase Bank and Panera Bread (the 7000 block of W. Dempster St., in Niles) are located. You can still observe this racist activity as of this writing. The broadcast is viewable at the Chase Bank as well as the Panera Bread cafe and restaurant, and is most likely viewable at the Dairy Queen, Waxberg’s Shoes and Advanced Auto Parts; it may also be visible at Dunkin Donuts and Pizza Hut.
According to a Niles police officer we spoke to, the racist provocation has been going on for over two years now – and the police, though they have recieved several complaints about it, claim that it “is not a hate crime” and “there is nothing” they can do. The fact that this has been going on unabated for more than two years means that literally tens of thousands of people have been exposed to this disgusting racist provocation and neither the police nor the affected businesses have done anything to stop it or even investigate it.
We discovered the router broadcast the night of the 13th of October and brought it to the attention of the Panera Bread management that evening. On the 16th we again observed the broadcast and spoke with the Panera Bread manager and general manager as well as the manager of the Chase Bank a couple of doors down.. We responded to their assertions that “there is nothing we can do” by telling them that there was “a lot they can do” and we gave them a couple more days to see if they would do anything. On the 18th of October, once again observing the broadcast from the Panera Bread location, we contacted the Niles, IL police and the Niles, IL Community Relations Commission’s “anti-discrimination hotline”. It took the “hotline” 6 days to get back to us. When they finally did return our call on October 24, Ms. Cathy Spadoni, Secretary of that organization, stated that she had never heard of this issue until we contacted the Commission. She told us she would bring it to the attention of the Chief of Police. That same afternoon, two police officers were seen walking around the Panera Bread location on Dempster with wifi site surveying equipment, apparently looking for the router. According to Ms. Spadoni, they found it and were assured by the owner that it would be turned off “in a couple of days”.
The router broadcast seems to have been temporarily disconnected two nights ago (Oct 24) when we searched for it unsuccessfully at Panera using our own computer. However, the next morning we returned to Panera and found that the router was broadcasting again. Immediately phoning Ms. Spadoni, we were once again assured that the racist broadcast would be ended “in the next couple of days”. Today (October 26) we checked it again and it’s still there.
We feel that it is time for us to bring this matter to the attention of a broader segment of the community in order to put more pressure on the Village of Niles to end something that has been going on for far too long already. We are pleased with the work done by Ms. Spadoni – so far – but the fact that in spite of the involvement of the Chief of the Niles Police Department this racist broadcast is being allowed to continue even “for a few days” more is appalling. We had hoped that simply reporting it to the Niles Police and the Niles Community Relations Commission would put a quick end to it, but they seem to be in no real hurry to get this resolved.
We would also like to find out who is behind this vile racist provocation. If it is one of the local businesses doing this, that should be made part of the public record. If it is a citizen, the community needs to be made aware that there is a potential threat of racist attacks being launched against citizens of all races by this psychologically unstable person or persons.
We live in a country where it is, sadly, common to see mug shots of our neighbors displayed in the newspapers whenever someone gets it on with the babysitter or if someone has one too many at the local pub. People who are merely arrested on suspicion of having committed a crime have their faces splashed all over the TV and Internet and their lives are turned upside down: but when a racist broadcasts hate to an entire neighborhood and a business district for more than 2 years, the police can’t seem to find any way to do anything about it. And the business owners act as if its no big deal.
It is up to the working class of Niles and Morton Grove to show their fellow citizens that racism in their community is something that they will not tolerate. Just a couple of years ago, Niles was singled out by a national publication as being one of the top 5 places to raise a family in the United States. If that is true, then a situation such as the one that exists now, and the apathy of public officials and business owners towards it, must be publicly condemned by the working class of Niles and Morton Grove.
You can find our ongoing series of articles on this case at iwpchi.wordpress.com
If you would like to get involved in organizing opposition to this type of vile racism, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent Workers Party of Chicago