Houston Newsmakers: Antisemitic incidents sharply rising, and more

Also: Battleship Texas on the move; A look at an unflattering side of U.S. History

Anti-Defamation League program designed to educate about the perils of hate. (KPRC2/Anti-Defamation League)
Mark B. Toubin, Regional Director, ADL Southwest (KPRC)

The incidents of antisemitic attacks have increased threefold in this country since 2015 with internet activity helping to fuel some of that rapid increase.

“We know that they’ve been much more boisterous, much more active and much more comfortable expressing their antisemitism and racism over the last few years,” said Mark Toubin, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League Southwest.

Toubin is a guest on this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall and says the ADL is trying to stay at the forefront in the fight against bigotry and hate.

“We understand that no minority in this country is safe as long as someone is being persecuted for their beliefs, for their ethnic status, for their religion,” he said.

Battleship Texas in dry dock

For 74 years, Battleship Texas was berthed at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site…until last week when it was moved to drydock in Galveston as part of $35 million in upgrades.

“The biggest chunk of it goes to replace the hull which is leaking,” said Tom Perich, Chairman of the Battleship Texas Foundation. “The Navy Seals did training there and one of them actually put their fist through the hull, it was so thin, because the salt water had eaten the steel.”

Tom Perich, Chairman, Battleship Texas Foundation, Kandace Trujillo, VP Visitation and Special Events, Battleship Texas (KPRC)

When repairs are complete in a year and half or so, Perich says options for a new home are shaping up.

“I don’t think it’s a secret we’re talking to Beaumont and Baytown and Galveston. I think everybody wants it. Everybody’s interested in it. ‘The Galveston Daily News’ ran a poll and said ‘Do you want the battleship in Galveston?’ It was 85 to 15 yes,” Perich said.

Perich is joined by Kandace Trujillo, VP of Visitation and Special Events to talk about the challenges getting the ship to Galveston and next steps

A look at an unflattering part of U.S. History (KPRC)

Can you believe it?

A Supreme Court Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court once wrote that Black people “were altogether unfit to associate with the white race…had no rights which the White man was bound to respect…and that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit.”

Those were words in the majority opinion written by Chief Justice Roger Taney in 1857 as part of the Dred Scott decision.

The 7-2 vote of the court agreed that Scott had no standing in the Supreme Court in his efforts to be declared free, because as a Negro, he had no rights and was not a citizen of the United States.

Many historians say that decision was at least part, the impetus for the Civil War.

University of Houston History professor Gerald Horne, Ph.D., has some of those reasons in this week’s Houston Newsmakers Extra.

Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall -- Every Sunday at 10 a.m. right after Meet the Press.

· Mark B. Toubin, Regional Director, ADL Southwest

· https://southwest.adl.org/

· Tom Perich, Chairman, Battleship Texas Foundation

· https://battleshiptexas.org/

· Kandace Trujillo, Vice President, Visitation and Special Events, Battleship Texas

· https://battleshiptexas.org/

· Gerald Horne, Ph.D., UH Professor of History

· https://www.uh.edu/class/history/faculty-and-staff/horne_g/

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