ADL Concerned About Santa Fe, TX Hate Crime
Houston, April 27, 2005 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is troubled by an alleged attack on an African-American family in Santa Fe, Texas. Police reported finding a noose, a burned cross, swastikas spray-painted on the family's home and hate language written on pavement near the home. Four juveniles, ages 13 to 16, have been charged in the attack.
ADL is in contact with the Santa Fe police and federal authorities and is confident that they are taking the matter seriously and investigating thoroughly.
ADL Southwest Regional Director Martin B. Cominsky said: "We appreciate law enforcement's quick action in this case, and we expect the Galveston County District Attorney's office will handle the case appropriately and fully. We also are grateful that the neighborhood rallied around the targeted family.
"This incident serves as a reminder that we have a long way to go and much work to do to eradicate hatred from our community, and we must redouble our efforts to educate ourselves and our neighbors, particularly the youngest among us, that hate hurts and our world should be No Place for Hate®."
Cominsky added, "ADL has many programs that can help law enforcement and community leaders respond to hate crimes, and proactive programs that can help prevent such crimes. We are always available to provide anti-bias education and information and we are eager to help."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.