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Ten Dollars To Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan

Posted on · In the 1920s, future Texas governor Dan Moody -- then a 29-year-old district attorney -- was the first prosecutor in the nation to successfully take on and convict members of the Ku Klux Klan. Patricia Bernstein tells his story in her book Ten Dollars To Hate.

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Should We Destroy Symbols of Hate or Preserve Them as History?

Posted on · A federal jury recently (Jan. 10, 2017) determined Dylann Roof should be sentenced to death for killing nine African Americans in an historic black church in Charleston, S.C. in 2015. After the shooting, political leaders in South Carolina and Alabama responded by removing the Confederate battle flag from their state capitol buildings. Of course, there’s long […]

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Freedmen’s Town Bricks, and East End Development: Tuesday’s Show (January 24, 2017)

Posted on · For the second time, the Freedmen’s Town bricks were ripped up by city contractors, despite explicit instructions from the city not to disturb the bricks. So why does this keeping happening? What can the neighborhood do to preserve what’s left of these bricks? What more can the city do, when Mayor Sylvester Turner has already […]

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Renaming Dowling Street, and Houston’s Murder Rate: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of The News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on […]

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Responding to Hate on the Web

Posted on · Reading about a shadowy group harassing someone online seems very removed from the real world – until it happens to you or someone you love. A new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) offers new, clearer insight into what “cyberhate” actually is — from seeds in terrorism, to hacking, to anti-semetic targeting to online bullying. They aimed […]

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Hate Crimes In Houston Go Underreported, Rarely Prosecuted

Posted on · The number of hate crimes against Muslims reported to police rose by 67 percent in 2015, according to numbers released by the FBI this week (Nov. 14, 2016). And, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been more than 200 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since Election Day. With that in mind, we bring […]

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Hate Crime Series and Ten Years Since the Smoking Ban: Thursday’s Show (November 17, 2016)

Posted on · The number of hate crimes against Muslims reported to police rose by 67 percent in 2015, according to numbers released by the FBI this week (Nov. 14, 2016). And, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been more than 200 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since Election Day. With that in mind, on this […]

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The Task of Tracking Hate Groups and Hates Crimes in Texas

Posted on · The number of hate crimes against Muslims reported to police rose by 67 percent in 2015, according to numbers released by the FBI today (Nov. 14, 2016). And, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been more than 200 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since Election Day. It’s even led President-elect Donald Trump, […]

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Hate Crimes, SpaceCom and Pet Care: Monday’s Show (November 14, 2016)

Posted on · The number of hate crimes against Muslims reported to police rose by 67 percent in 2015, according to numbers released by the FBI today (Nov. 14, 2016). And, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been more than 200 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since Election Day. And, according to the Southern Poverty […]

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Police Protection Act and Astros Hacker Sentenced: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. On this edition, we discuss: Gov. […]

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Your Reactions to the Orlando Shooting: Monday’s Show (June 13, 2016)

Posted on · Candlelight vigils continue here in Houston — one by The Montrose Center and Legacy Community Health tonight (June 13, 2016) and another by the city of Houston Wednesday at sundown — in memory of 49 people killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. early Sunday morning. It’s the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history […]