Arrest after Plot to Bomb Colorado Synagogue; “It’s okay to be white” Signs on Tennessee Campus; Acid Attack on Latino Man

  • November 8, 2019
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THE WEEK’S BIG 3

An avowed white supremacist in Colorado was arrested after federal investigators uncovered a plot to bomb an historic synagogue. Campus officials at East Tennessee University are opening an investigation after signs saying “It’s okay to be white”— a popular white supremacist slogan — appeared around campus. A man in Milwaukee is facing felony hate-crime charges for allegedly throwing acid on a Latino man because of his heritage.

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1) White Supremacist Plotted to Bomb Colorado Synagogue, Police Say

“Richard Holzer’s arrest marks the 13th time since the Pittsburgh attack that authorities have apprehended someone for allegedly plotting attacks or making threats against a Jewish community, according to a report from the Anti-Defamation League.” The New York Times: READ MORE

+ ADL Resource: What We Know About the Suspect

+ ADL Resource: One Year After the Tree of Life Attack, American Jews Face Significant Threats

2) ‘It’s Okay to Be White’ Signs Found Across Campus at a Tennessee University

“The ‘It’s okay to be white’ campaign was created by users of 4chan, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The 4chan forum is popular with internet trolls and people in the so-called alt-right movement.” NBC News: FULL STORY

+ ADL Resource: ‘It’s Okay to Be White’ Fliers Target Campuses Nationwide

+ Jonathan Greenblatt TWEET: Another incident of white supremacists targeting college campuses to recruit students…

3) Man Charged With Hate Crime in Acid Attack Against Latino Man

“Mahud Villalaz, a 42-year-old resident of Milwaukee, said he was walking to a Mexican restaurant Friday when a stranger threw acid on his face after asking, ‘Why did you come here and invade my country?’ and telling him to ‘go back.’ On Wednesday, 61-year-old Clifton Blackwell, who is white, was charged with first-degree reckless injury in a hate crime using a dangerous weapon.” The Washington Post: FULL STORY

+ ADL Resource: Mainstreaming Hate – The Anti-Immigrant Movement in the U.S.

+ ADL Resource: Hate Crime Map

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