They called me the N-word.

Which is reason enough to jump out of my limo and beat up the muthas.

That seems to be the excuse offered by relatives of four men arrested in a Wrigleyville brawl.

Reported the Chicago Tribune:

Prosecutors say the men in the limousine bailed out of the car around 1:10 a.m. Sunday at Clark Street and Cornelia Avenue, just south of Wrigley Field, and began punching and kicking three other people -- including an off-duty Chicago police officer -- for no apparent reason.

But relatives of the four men arrested and charged with mob action say they were shooting a party scene on the street when they were taunted and called the N-word.

A court will have to sort out the facts, as it should and the case should not be tried in the press. But I'd like to make just one observation. The fact that someone called you a name does not entitle you to break someone's jaw. Yeah, it's disrespectful, and that's wrong. But the idea that a violent response is acceptable or required helps explain why Chicago is afflicted with so many punk gang shootings.

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