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Profiling, Rothko Symposium, and Pest Control: Monday’s Show (March 28, 2016)

Following last Tuesday’s (March 22, 2016) attacks in Brussels, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz of Texas called for “empower[ing] law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” It’s the latest such comment from the two leading Republican presidential candidates suggesting Muslims should be in some way singled out for scrutiny even […]

Following last Tuesday’s (March 22, 2016) attacks in Brussels, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz of Texas called for “empower[ing] law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” It’s the latest such comment from the two leading Republican presidential candidates suggesting Muslims should be in some way singled out for scrutiny even when they have no known connection to terrorism.

On this edition of Houston Matters we talk with M.J. Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, about the impact such rhetoric following terrorist attacks has on Muslims here in Houston. Then we talk with Charles “Rocky” Rhodes, a professor of law at South Texas College of Law, about past examples of legally sanctioned religious, ethnic or racial profiling by law enforcement — from Japanese-American internment during World War II to post-9/11 investigations.

Also: This week, the Rothko Chapel hosts a four day symposium called “Confronting Inequality: Alternative Economies, Resilient Communities.” It’s a series of discussions with academics, activists, artists and spiritual leaders intended to spark further conversations about income inequality. We learn more from Rothko Chapel executive director David Leslie.

Then: We welcome your pest control questions for Houston-area exterminator Jeff Murrell with Bugco Houston. (E-mail your questions now to talk@houstonmatters.org).

Plus: We discuss developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houstonia Magazine and Houston Press.

Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.

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