“A 43-year-old DeKalb man was charged this week with the recent vandalism of a statue of Tupac Shakur at the arts center named for the slain performer.
“DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said investigators have no reason to believe the suspect, Kenneth Anthony Wilson, had a racial motive in the Oct. 20 incident. Wilson, who lives on North Hairston Road near the center on Memorial Drive, is African-American.
“A spokeswoman for the center last week said she was told a noose was placed around the neck of the statue and the incident was being investigated as a hate crime.
“Parish reiterated Thursday that the object was a cross on a string. Police also said underwear was placed on the head of the statue and ‘defamatory’ stickers and papers were left on the statue and a nearby sign.”
Meanwhile, here’s a good question:
Why didn’t Oprah open her school in Detroit rather than South Africa?
And parents’ complaints that the school was “too strict” should have been the first warning that Oprah was wasting her money. There is no such thing as a school that is “too strict”, especially in a nation as lost as South Africa — just parents who don’t appreciate the values of discipline (and secretly worry that their successful children will “out do” them one day. “Who do you think you are, with your fancy book learning?”) I expect to hear one of them complaining that the school is teaching their girls to “act white” any day now.