Holocaust Scholar at Columbia Frightened by Swastikas Spray-Painted on Her Office
The anti-Semitism, on the rise since Trump was elected, continues.
Elizabeth Midlarsky, a Jewish professor who teaches and researches the Holocaust at Columbia Teachers College, experienced first-hand the resurgence of anti-Semitic crimes across the country since President Trump took office.
Midlarsky walked into the entryway of her New York City office on Wednesday to find it vandalized with two large swastikas on the wall written in spray paint, along with the anti-Semitic slur — "Yid."
"I was in shock," Midlarsky told the student newspaper. "I stopped for a moment, because I couldn't believe what I was seeing."
A professor of psychology, she recognized the incident as a part of a national rise in anti-Semitic crimes.
"I'm usually not a fearful person, but they got me. I'm afraid," she told The Washington Post.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported that the number of anti-Semitic crimes in the U.S. rose 57 percent in 2017 compared to 2016.
This is the greatest single-year increase recorded by the ADL, and the second-highest number recorded since the organization began compiling data.
The ADL's CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said Trump's Twitter feed during his campaign emboldened anti-Semites.
"We have a situation where literally the presidential Twitter account is re-tweeting memes that originate on sub-reddits that are developed by some of the worst segments of society," Greenblatt said.
"The president's re-tweeting of white supremacists and anti-Semitic memes during the campaign and, more recently, sharing tweets from a UK racist group — those are alarming. Those tweets and rhetoric have emboldened and given encouragement to the worst anti-Semites and bigots."
Last month, 11 people were gunned down at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh by a white male domestic terrorist. Just hours before the shootings, he used the social network Gab.com to post malicious anti-Semitic messages and conspiracy theories.
The same day of the shooting Trump still hosted a Midwest campaign rally. He did not take the opportunity to outright condemn anti-Semitism or white nationalism.
The Pittsburgh branch of Bend the Arc, a national organization for progressive Jews focused on social justice, wrote a letter to Trump demanding he denounce white nationalism and stop "targeting" minorities.
In regard to the vandalism in Midlarsky's office, the New York Police Department said no one had been arrested yet and the hate crime task force is investigating.
Columbia Teachers College president Thomas Bailey said in a statement, "We unequivocally condemn any expression of hatred, which has no place in our society. We are outraged and horrified by this act of aggression and use of this vile anti-Semitic symbol against a valued member of our community."
Willie McCoy was asleep when police surrounded and startled him at a restaurant drive-through. They fired at him within four seconds. More than 20 bullets hit him.
Falling asleep at a Taco Bell drive-through was deadly for a Black rapper in Vallejo, Calif.
Willie Bo McCoy, 20, was not awake when police approached him. At first, police thought about trying to remove the gun in his lap, but when Willie woke up, and police instructed him to put his hands up he put them down instead.
Six Vallejo officers "fearing for their safety" opened fire in about four seconds. Twenty-five bullets hit him, but more were fired.
"The LGBTQ is a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan, without wearing hoods with their antics of hate," said West Virginia delegate Eric Porterfield.
The interaction between Gayle King and Ralph Northam should have led to a bigger discussion.
"I think that many times white people do not understand what blackface means," Sellers said.
The photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page of a man in blackface and another man dressed in a KKK costume is sparking a national conversation. The racist act of wearing blackface goes back to the mid-19th century. It's 2019 and Black people still have to explain why it's offensive.
"Wait for the next big story to push this scandal out of the headlines," said Lemon. "It's a strategy that's worked for the president."
CNN host Don Lemon is calling the switch of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's stories something straight out of President Trump's playbook.
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Update: White Powder, A Witness, and Photos Have All Been Uncovered in the Jussie Smollett Attack Investigation
The perpetrators have yet to be identified but police are collecting information about individuals that were in the area at the time of the attack.
The FBI and Chicago PD are investigating the attack of Empire actor Jussie Smollett and have new leads.
Chicago police said an envelope with white powder and a threatening letter with magazine cut outs pasted on paper was received at Cinespace Studios, where Empire is filmed, on January 22.
HAZMAT responded, but the white substance turned out to be aspirin.
Police have released photos of two individuals wanted for questioning.
Video of Smollett walking into a hotel after the attack with a noose around his neck, along with the noose and his sweater have also been acquired to help try to identify more clues to find the attackers.
Smollett said he was on the phone with his manager when the attack happened.
Smollett family's statement said this was a "violent and unprovoked attack," and "a racial and homophobic hate crime."
A witness, who requested anonymity, described a "creepy" white man outside the building with a clothesline hanging from his pants, staring at another man near another entrance about 300 hundred feet away.
She told TMZ, "He looked out of place." He had scruff on his face, wearing a blue winter beanie, a blue zip-up sweatshirt with a hood and blue jeans that were too short. He had "thick, grey hunting socks" with camel-colored dress shoes.
She talked to detectives when she found out there was an attack.