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An Illinois teenager has been sentenced to two years of probation for posting a Craiglist ad in which he offered to sell a Black classmate as a "slave."
The teen, who was a 14-year-old freshman at Naperville Central High School at the time of the incident in 2019, must also complete 100 hours of community service, after pleading guilty to two counts of felony hate crime and one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct, Chicago's CBS affiliate reported Wednesday.
"The boy will also be required to undergo individual and family counseling as deemed necessary, and to submit a DNA sample to the State of Illinois," according to the station. "On Nov. 14, 2019, the boy took a photo of his classmate while at school and then posted an ad on Craigslist with the photo, and the caption, 'Slave for sale (Naperville)' along with an offensive racial slur, prosecutors said."
The teen's Craigslist post also referred to his Black classmate a "Hardworkin thick n*gger slave."
"Images of the listing, which has since been removed from Craigslist, sparked widespread outrage in recent days, reopening wounds for the community that is still recovering after a separate racist episode at a local Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in October made national headlines," the Washington Post reported in November 2019.
A defense attorney for the teen claimed that he was friends with the victim, who was also a freshman at the same high school. But the victim's mother disputed the attorney's statement.
"They used to be friends, they are not anymore," the mother told WGN, adding that their friendship soured when the white student began teasing her son, "calling him dumb, making fun of his skin color, saying 'Shut up slave.'"
According to his mother, the Black victim didn't know the Craigslist ad had been posted.
"He was the butt of jokes for days," she said, adding that her son was heckled by other students who told him, "I'll buy you for a dollar."
Watch WGN's report from 2019 below.
Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon complained about the treatment he was receiving from the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riots during an interview with embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
While talking with Gaetz, Bannon said that the vote to hold him in criminal contempt of Congress was a "set up" involving Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Gaetz went on to claim that the committee is "trying to create a wholly enclosed ecosystem of the persecution in the Congress and in the enforcement tools in the Department of Justice."
Gaetz then claimed that the FBI had become "the enforcement wing of the Democratic Party," a development he said was "scary."
"They called me crazy when I said the FBI was out to get Trump!" Gaetz added.
Gaetz also accused former Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions of getting "Stockholm Syndrome" because he never indicted any prominent Democrats during his tenure.
The Capitol riot committee this week unanimously voted to refer criminal charges against Bannon to the DOJ after Bannon completely refused to comply with its subpoenas.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) pointedly said ahead of the vote that she believed Bannon was stonewalling the committee to prevent revelations of Trump's direct involvement in the planning of the Capitol riots from becoming public.
Watch the video below.
Steve Bannon whines to Matt Gaetz he inches closer to being prosecuted www.youtube.com
Trump advisor Peter Navarro promotes his new book by trashing two of the former president's prominent hires
On Wednesday, former Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro promoted his upcoming book, "In Trump Time," and used it to trash former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, who recently came out with a tell-all of her own about the Trump administration.
"I knew and liked Stephanie, all the way from the 2016 presidential campaign, up to her betrayal of the Trumps," said Navarro, who recently stirred controversy by calling top COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci "truly evil" and accusing him of "killing Americans." "But here's the broader point, and it is an important one for history as well as for future presidents: never hire a press secretary who lacks both the intellect and training to understand the nuances of your policies."
Navarro also took a swipe at former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, mocking Grisham for believing he was "actually competent."
In Trump Time book due Nov 2 establishes Bad Personnel is Bad Policy. Key lesson with Stephanie @omgrisham: Never… https://t.co/7USbyg87jq— Peter Navarro (@Peter Navarro) 1634763705.0
Grisham, unfazed by the insult, was quick to fire back.
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