Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Rising In Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, NC. — A disturbing trend in Charlotte. Anti-Semitic hate crimes have more than doubled from 2013 to 2017, according to numbers from CMPD. A student at a local university was a victim of anti-Semitism.
A small note, filled with a hateful message. A swastika and “Jew RA” written in large letters slipped under Noah Goldman’s dorm.
“I feel like my heart dropped. I saw it and I was like wow how could anyone do that,” says Queens University senior Noah Goldman.
Goldman tells WCCB it happened on October 13th. At his dorm in Byrum Hall where he lives as a resident advisor. Exactly two weeks before the deadly synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh that left 11 people dead.
“Jews have lived in America very comfortably for a really long time. For something like that to happen in the U.S of all places, it hit really hard.”
According to CMPD in 2017, there were eight anti-Semitic hate crimes in Charlotte. That’s more than 2013 to 2016 combined. Many of the crimes were vandalism to homes or Synagogues.
CMPD Lt. Brad Koch says social media has a lot to do with the uptick.
“You can express those views and it’s not localized to where you are, but your view can travel anywhere across the world, and you can get some buy in to those ideas regardless of how extremist they are,” says Lt. Koch.
One of the latest anti-Semitic hate crimes happened in September of last year, when a Jewish family came home to a swastika on the back door of their southwest Charlotte home. Following that, other acts of anti- Semitic vandalism at Jewish community centers. Prompting CMPD to step up patrols at Jewish centers.
Noah tells WCCB Queens University Department of Housing director, Dean of Students, and campus police are all involved and have been taking it very seriously. Campus police are still looking for the perpetrator.