American Man Pleading Guilty to Hate Crime Asked to Write Essay on Racism

American man pleads guilty to hate crime, writes essay on racism

Jarl Rockhill also had to read Ta-Nehisi Coates as part of a petition to put racist stickers outside refugee charities.
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Surveillance footage of Jarl Rockhill, 35, at an immigrant and refugee community organization in Portland, Oregon. Photo:
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office
Gloria Oladipo
Wed, Dec 21, 2022 15:43 GMT
Last updated on Wed, Dec 21, 2022 17:40 GMT

An Oregon man who pleaded guilty to a hate crime was ordered to write an essay on racism and the challenges facing refugees.

Jarl Rockhill, 35, of Lynn, Oregon, was ordered by a judge to write an essay as part of a plea bargain, the Oregonian reported.

Rockhill pleaded guilty to one hate crime charge in late November. In the incident in question, he posted stickers with racist images on the fence in front of the Portland nonprofit Immigrant and Refugee Communities Organization (IRCO) in April. The sticker depicted a man giving a Nazi salute with the word “pure.” Rock Hill has also been identified as a member of a Portland-based neo-Nazi group, The Washington Post reported.

The judge in the case, Multnomah County Circuit Court’s Christopher Ramrath, told Rock Hill to read Between the World and Me by Tanahishi Coates and watch the documentary Myanmar’s Killing Fields covering the Rohingya genocide in the Southeast Asian country. I ordered.

Rockhill was ordered to write a 750-word and his 500-word essay about what he learned to the parole officer’s satisfaction.

The terms of Rock Hill’s plea bargain also included two years of probation, a written apology to IRCO, 50 hours of community service, and an obligation to stay away from IRCO buildings. Ramlath imposes similar penalties. In 2019, after an Oregon man told a Ukrainian immigrant to go home, Ramras tasked him with writing an essay on the problems facing immigrants in Eastern Europe.

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