10 This is right-wing terrorism that killed one person. Jihadism is still ahead on deaths since 9/11, 95 to 68.

Charlottesville was Terrorism: Hard Data on Threat Levels from Ideological Hate

Statistically, Perhaps We Shouldn’t Be So Worried about White Supremacy

Go here to the GAO list of terrorism acts and scroll to p. 29 (p.35 of PDF) to view. Above is a snapshot of “Far Right Violent Extremist-Motivated Attacks that Resulted in Fatalities, September 12, 2001 through December 31, 2016, as reported in the U.S. Extremist Crime Database (ECDB).” Note how few are targeting people because of race. In this image, there’s only two out out of 20. The full list does indicate a higher percentage did involve minority victims.
This Tweet is the first thing I saw Sunday morning when scanning phone around terrorism in Charlottesville. It’s been shared more than 28,000 times as of Monday afternoon, August 14. Note how the more inflammatory initial Tweet gets 20 times more shares than the slightly misleading follow-up Tweet by the same Twitter handle. And that tweet gets nearly 5 times more shares than the most accurate Tweet which points out an extremist subset of 1% of our population is responsible for more than 50% of terrorism deaths using GAO data.
See that intersection of GREEN and RED lines in this New America analysis? When “Far Right Wing” terrorism was higher than “Jihadist” terrorism, Time, Newsweek and The New York Times (among others) focused on how right-wing terror killings were “the bigger threat” using this database. Headlines going in the other direction this past year are virtually non-existent.
The Muslim population will double in 40 years.
This map shows exactly who’s doing the terrorism and where: It’s almost entirely Islamic Extremists. https://storymaps.esri.com/stories/terrorist-attacks/?year=2016
This figure above found in the PDF of the 2016 ADL report titled “MURDER AND EXTREMISM IN THE UNITED STATES IN 2016: An Anti-Defamation League Report” are the only breakdowns in terms of ideologies of murderers, representing the years 2015 and 2016. The PDF was the source for several stories, such as The Atlantic, that boldly stated right-wing extremists committed 74% of the 372 politically motivated in the U.S. between 2007 and 2016. Bizarrely, only the news release about the report mentioned those high numbers, but the report itself does not. To date, as I slightly modify this section in October 2018, no source is available as to how the ADL determined totals of 372 deaths — many times higher than New America or GAO totals. For example The New York Times source doesn’t show where the ADL came up with such numbers. Apparently, I was not the only one who was confused. However, I may be the only one reporting about it.

Over the past 10 years (2007–2016), domestic extremists of all kinds have killed at least 372 people in the United States. Of those deaths, approximately 74% were at the hands of right-wing extremists, about 24% of the victims were killed by domestic Islamic extremists, and the remainder were killed by left-wing extremists

Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson was placed on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Extremist Watch List.” The SPLC’s also put Christian groups and Muslim liberals on the list, such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Maajid Nawaz, who is suing the SPLC for defamation. A July 2017 Politico piece on the SPLC asks “Has a Civil Rights Stalwart Lost Its Way?” and whether it is overstepping its bounds in the Trump era.
Twice as many blacks kill whites than vice versa in the United States, according to government data stretching back to 1980. Though published annually in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, this is largely unreported in academia and media due to sensitivities around race. It is sourced in a single Politifact article touching on Freddie Gray and Trayvon Martin’s deaths that indicated intraracial bloodshed (black-on-black, white-on-white) more often affects African Americans, and also said, “Overall, the percentage of homicides that cross race lines has increased from about 8 percent of the total three decades ago to about 13 percent.” Basically, Politifact and the Tampa Bay Times carefully talk around this political correct issue. SOURCE: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2015/crime-in-the-u.s.-2015/tables/expanded_homicide_data_table_6_murder_race_and_sex_of_vicitm_by_race_and_sex_of_offender_2015.xls
This critic of the GAO may be right-wing, but I don’t think he’s largely wrong.
The face of a drunken racist murderer who gets three consecutive life terms.
Never heard of Kori Ali Muhammad and his targeted killing of 3 random white men? If you know of other hate crime murders listed exhaustively here and not this one, maybe you should ask yourself, “Why not?”
File under: When an anti-white cop killer Tweets. Why isn’t Malik Mohammad Ali on New America’s list of ideological terror killings when even The Southern Poverty Law Center lists him and his sovereign citizen beliefs as extremist?
SOURCE: https://www.newamerica.org/in-depth/terrorism-in-america/what-threat-united-states-today/

Beginning in August 2016 and continuing deep into the next year, the bodies of hikers and dog walkers were found dead along the city’s Indian Creek trail or on nearby roadways. They were all shot. They were all middle-aged. They were all white.

The killing stopped after the August arrest of Fredrick Demond Scott, a 22-year-old Burger King employee. As The Washington Post reported in September, Scott, who is African American, had allegedly threatened to shoot up his high school and “kill all white people.”

[and later] After Scott’s arrest, local news outlets dug up his alleged past threats regarding race. In 2014, Scott was a student at an alternative school when he allegedly threatened to “shoot the school up, Columbine-style.” According to municipal court documents, he also spoke of wanting to kill himself and to “kill all white people.”

Though there are many ideological strands, and attackers’ ideological reference points are often in flux or complex, one particular ideological strand — white supremacy — stands out as a particular danger. Over the past three years, since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the United States has seen a spate of deadly white supremacist terrorist attacks. Every deadly far-right attack in this period identified by New America had a nexus to white supremacy. Together these attacks killed 43 people, which is four times the number of people killed in jihadist terrorism in the same period. There were also more than three times as many deadly far-right attacks with connections to white supremacy in the same period as deadly jihadist attacks.

According to Michael McGarrity, assistant director of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, and Calvin Shivers, deputy assistant director of the criminal investigative division, “individuals adhering to racially motivated violent extremism ideology have been responsible for the most lethal incidents among domestic terrorists in recent years, and the FBI assesses the threat of violence and lethality posed by racially motivated violent extremists will continue.”95 They also testified before Congress that “there have been more domestic terrorism subjects disrupted by arrest and more deaths caused by domestic terrorists than international terrorists in recent years.”96

White supremacist terrorist attacks and violence more generally, appears to be increasingly interlinked and internationalized. A study by the New York Times determined that “at least a third of white extremist killers since 2011 were inspired by others who perpetrated similar attacks” and that the connections cross international borders.97 Several events illustrate this dynamic. On April 27, 2019, a man shot and killed one person in a white supremacist attack on a synagogue in Poway, Calif. The attack came six months to the day after the white supremacist attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, which killed eleven people in the deadliest attack on Jews in American history. The attacker specifically referenced the Pittsburgh attack in an online manifesto as well as citing the attack on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that killed 51 people.98

Some notes I would send to New America for their consideration. The per capita rate of terror murder may not be necessary, but I do believe the black extremism deadly attack category is a vast under-count. See above. SOURCE: https://www.newamerica.org/in-depth/terrorism-in-america/what-threat-united-states-today/
From 2015 to 2017, blacks have increased their murder count of white Americans (which includes most Hispanics) by 76. Whites have only increased their murders of blacks by only 28 total. Though said before, it bears repeating: Since at least 1980 twice as many blacks have killed whites than vice versa in the United States. In my estimation, the deficit-gap in killings of blacks and whites favoring blacks the past 12 years is EQUAL to the number of 3,265 black lynchings from 1881 to 1941. A controversial fact for sure, but still a fact. SOURCE: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2017/crime-in-the-u.s.-2017/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-6.xls
Came out Sept 2019 to little fan fare: SOURCE: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-6.xls
Consistent 2:1 ratio of killings since 1980, according to U.S. Department of Justice data. SOURCE: https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/htus8008.pdf
Cato Institute posting August 14, 2017: Murders in Terrorist Attacks by the Ideology of the Attacker, 1992–2017.

“Islamist terrorists are the deadliest since 1992. They killed about 13.5 times as many people as Nationalist and Right Wing terrorists who, in turn, killed about 12 times as many people as Left Wing terrorists did. The deadliness of terrorists by ideology has changed over time and will continue to do so. Charlottesville was a tragedy and the person responsible should be tried and, if convicted, punished to the fullest extent possible under the law. However, it is important to realize that the actual scale and scope of the recent terrorist threat differs significantly by ideology even though the annual chance of being murdered in such an attack is still small.”

People say this is like Big Brother and can lead to racial profiling. Or it’s just common sense, and partially helped catch the Islamic terrorist responsible for the 2016 New York and New Jersey bombings. From Wikipedia: “At around 10:30 a.m., a Linden bar owner was in a deli across the street from his bar, watching CNN, when he saw a man sleeping in the bar’s doorway. He recognized the man as Rahimi from news reports and called 9–1–1, saying ‘the guy looks a little suspicious and doesn’t look good to me.’ When three Linden police officers arrived fifteen minutes later and awoke the man, they realized that the man was Rahimi.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that researches U.S. extremism, reported 900 bias-related incidents against minorities in the first 10 days after Trump’s election.

Southern Poverty Law Center claims more than 700 cases compiled via their online portal in the three weeks since the election, mentioning 27 “anti-Trump” incidents. Shaun King using the platform “Ushahidi” claims 300, with 80 “acts of violence” in the mix. But what are those “violent acts” exactly? Again, I have searched on their pages and elsewhere and come up with three concrete ones.

A quick analysis on the Southern Poverty Law Center data shows how few claims rise to a level of physical violence. Based on my numbers above:


• 3 cases of “battery violence” out of 674 (701 minus 27 anti-Trump)= .4%


• 7 cases of “battery violence” out of 27 = 26%

Those are some vastly disparate averages. Are anti-Trump “haters” 50x more effective pugilists? Logic may dictate there’s something fishy going on in the world of social justice and how the media reports about it.

Ignored in the Charlottesville narrative: Statistical trends. Source: CNN and Southern Poverty Law Center.
The most interesting fact I’ve yet to find: How many people are in each of these groups? Five? 500? Combined, how many are there? Source: CNN and Southern Poverty Law Center.

During 2003–15, the UCR program also reveals that 100 persons were victims of hate crime homicide (murder or nonnegligent manslaughter) (not shown). This was an average of eight hate crime homicides per year in the United States during this 12-year period. However, in 2015 there were 18 recorded hate crime homicides.

When I was in 9th grade, my mom took me to the Oscar-nominated film “Mississippi Burning” where I learned of the 1964 lynching deaths of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner. My impression then and for decades after was that lynchings were a regular occurrence during this period in the South, with this case garnering national attention because two of the victims were both white and civil rights activists from the North (“agitators”). Recently, I discovered source documents from Tuskegee University that showed those 3 murders were among the only documented lynchings for a decade (see third row above). Additionally, almost all the lynchings took place before 1936! I find this bewildering to discover because lynchings are historically listed as a major motivation for the great migration of African Americans to Northern states. Obviously, the imagery is gut-wrenching, but I wonder if we over-estimate how often it occurred in the mid-20th century — not recognizing that Emmett Till’s awful and grotesque 1955 death was an anomaly by this point in the Deep South. For example, a celebrated 2018 lynching memorial in Alabama dedicated to social justice used a different source and methodology than Tuskegee (a historically black university) to come up with around the same number of blacks killed, around 4000. However, the memorial, and the many stories promoting it, omit any mention of the fact that one-quarter of people lynched during the Jim Crow period were white. (The Guardian point this out in passing, mentioning the Tuskegee breakdown.) Certainly, these institutions of remembrance — and grievance — don’t convey that today’s African Americans did not, in all likelihood, have a grandparent or great-grandparent who experienced the threat of lynchings. Some do. Yes, lynchings are a stain on the United States of America. But we have others. Coleman Hughes and brave voices like his have stated correctly the following: Twice as many black people are killed every year by other black people than nearly 100 years of Jim Crow lynchings. Yet, who wants to talk about that? (IMAGE SOURCE: Tuskegee University, Lynching, Whites & Negroes, 1882 -1968; PDF)
Just a meme.
Does this picture represent America? Or is it a small fraction blown up by the media? Taken from The Atlantic article mentioned in this post titled, “What Trump Gets Wrong About Antifa.” Unfortunately, they got their facts from the ADL and they’re exaggerated. Just like the overall narrative around Charlottesville.
Source: https://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/terrorism-immigration-risk-analysis
Source: www.newamerica.org/in-depth/terrorism-in-america/what-threat-united-states-today/ (Includes racist murders in Charleston and hate-filled killings in San Bernardino and Orlando, among others.)



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Writer. Researcher. Designer. Human seeking better outcomes for all. Empiricism, relevant facts, and logical arguments > simple narratives.