Turn to Tara: 1 year later, ‘Hate at Home’ has only intensified
In 2019, the Turn to Tara team brought viewers an in-depth, award-winning investigation that documented incidents of intolerance across the Hudson Valley.
One year later, the “Hate at Home” problem has only intensified.
News 12 combed through thousands of public records and tracked 600 local incidents over a decade. Sixty-eight more incidents have been added since the five-part story aired last September.
The incidents include swastikas found at schools in Pelham, Pleasantville, Nyack and Scarsdale – as well as anti-Semitic graffiti found at the Holocaust Garden of Remembrance in White Plains.
Tension hit a fever pitch on the seventh night of Hanukkah after a machete-wielding attacker broke into a rabbi's home in Monsey and slashed five people.
The interactive database created on News12.com garnered national attention after being shared by our partners at the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica.
State Sen. David Carlucci is now fighting to bring mandatory lessons on hate inside every classroom in New York.
“We've got the best teachers in the world right here in New York state. Let's use that professionalism to educate our children to know how to deal with these situations,” he says.
More than half all the cases News 12 tracked involved religious intolerance.