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"Unite The Right" Consequences. Chalottesville, Va. 2017

Added: Monday, August 12th 2019 at 4:41pm by smfmystery
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Extremism experts and law enforcement alike thought the brutality seen at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 might signal the beginning of the end for white supremacist movements across the U.S. Instead, hate and white supremacy have been allowed to thrive. 

Since throngs of white supremacists and neo-Nazis gathered in Charlottesville for an extremism rally that left one woman dead and dozens of others injured, some participants have faced jail time  or lost their jobs . By 2018, even the FBI characterized white supremacist extremism as a just a “medium threat” and said related organizations would fizzle out through “attrition,” leaving only “small cells and lone offenders,” according to leaked documents obtained by The Young Turks.

Yet as certain hate groups dissolved or retreated from public thanks to ongoing efforts by activists and journalists, other white supremacist movements have grown online ― and received a boost from far-right talking heads, news outlets like Fox News, and even the president of the United States. Only now, two years after the rally in Charlottesville, are some people in power starting to acknowledge that domestic terror and white supremacy are problems. 

Acknowledging A Problem

White supremacists have carried out numerous attacks across the globe since that deadly weekend in Charlottesville, often with support or endorsement from their peers online. The killing of a gay Jewish college student  in January 2018 was cheered on by a violent neo-Nazi group called Atomwaffen Division, to which the alleged killer subscribed. And after a white supremacist shot and killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, people on the message board 4chan celebrated by crafting conspiracy theories and hoaxes  to further victimize the students.

Domestic extremists, most of whom are white supremacists, killed at least 50 people in the U.S.  in 2018 alone, and since Charlottesville have been tied to a long list of massacres , including those in Pittsburgh ; Santa Fe, Texas ; Poway, California;  Tallahassee, Florida ; Jeffersontown, Kentucky ; and Aztec, New Mexico .

The frequency of white supremacist attacks has forced Congress — or, at least, the Democratic-led House ― to acknowledge the problem by holding committee hearings on hate, white supremacy and domestic terror, but lawmakers have struggled to put any changes in place that can actually combat the problem. The first such hearing didn’t take place until April of this year, and it was derailed by conservatives questioning whether white supremacist violence  was even an issue. 

A Nazi flag flies during the “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, 2017.  (Photo: Andy Campbell / HuffPost)

Violent racism has long been fueled and tacitly endorsed by U.S. politics. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an unashamed white supremacist, still holds a seat in Congress , for example. And Karen Baynes-Dunning, the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said Trump’s rhetoric was tied directly to the rise of white nationalist violence. 

“This white nationalist fantasy ― that liberal ‘elites’ are conspiring to ‘replace’ white people in our country with immigrants and other people of color ― is the poison that is this movement, with the aid of its champion in the White House, is injecting into our democracy,” Baynes-Dunning said in a statement. “It must be stopped.”

It wasn’t until earlier this month, after a white supremacist shot and killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas ― purportedly with the goal of killing Mexicans , whom he apparently said represented “the Hispanic invasion of Texas” ― that many top conservatives have acknowledged the racism elephant in the room. 

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) ― who in 2002 spoke in front of a white supremacist group  founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke ― agreed this week that the federal government desperately needs a statute that outlaws domestic terrorism  committed by white supremacists. Fox News host Tucker Carlson lost advertisers  and the respect of some of his colleagues after he said white supremacy was a “hoax”  and “not a real problem.” Trump even attempted to decry  white supremacist violence during a news conference after Democrats linked his rhetoric  around immigration to the shooting in El Paso, although he has not appeared to change his stance on immigration and went on to compare anti-fascist groups with white supremacy groups.  

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Seeking A Solution

Identifying and defeating white nationalist organizations is difficult because they are constantly moving targets ― and because there isn’t a federal statute by which to prosecute domestic terrorism

Identity Evropa, a prominent hate group with strong ties to the Unite the Right rally, rebranded and changed its name  after hundreds of thousands of its chat logs were leaked by an independent media organization called Unicorn Riot. The leak exposed members of the armed services and others as white nationalists , and even uncovered a plot by the hate group to keep King in office .

Identity Evropa fell apart as a brand after that leak, but its members ― and anyone who subscribes to racist ideology ― still have easy access to an online network of supporters and collaborators. Message boards like 4chan and its sister site, 8chan, are breeding grounds for radicals , a safe space for white nationalists and their friends to broadcast hate or violence and hide behind anonymity. Social media platforms YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram act as their own petri dishes for violent extremism , despite attempts to crack down on white supremacist ideology.

The most clear-cut proposals for combatting the issue involve governmental classification of domestic terror and white supremacist crime, and constant reassessment of its scope.

The FBI has identified 100 domestic terrorism arrests in 2019 so far , but federal officials have been hesitant to label certain acts as terrorism  because there’s no domestic terrorism statute. As a result, some domestic terrorists have been given more leeway than, say, a similar case inspired by foreign terrorist organizations.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in May introduced the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act , which would require federal agencies to monitor and collect data on the ongoing white supremacist threat. It would also allow them to better assist state and local law enforcement in arresting and prosecuting these cases.

The federal government has been pushing Congress to adopt a domestic terrorism statute, and most Americans say  they’re ready for such a law.

User Comments

I saw last night, a video that discussed the fact that White Supremacist was only considered a medium threat, whereas Black Groups were considered a strong threat.  This even though every actual mass shooting because of ideology over the last few years has been White Supremacists...witness the shooting in El Passo and probably the one in Gilroy also just last week

But somehow, just like with the ISIS threat, we are supposed to worry that a few Black men might have guns.  I will worry about the White Nationalists till there is some actual violence by Black radicals or ISIS in this country.

Sen Dick Durbin is on the right track.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwiEhfrwgf_jAhWCZ80KHUMMAIEQzPwBegQIARAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.usatoday.com%2Fstory%2Fnews%2Fnation%2F2019%2F08%2F05%2Fel-paso-shooting-dayton-chicago-gun-violence-reporting-varies%2F1920237001%2F&psig=AOvVaw3ukHavcgH0zbJzy4P14UX5&ust=1565757103542382 Sorry about the long link, but no one ever talked about Chicago that weekend did they outdid themselves in shooting on the south side and west side. People are forgetting the tremendous amount of inner-city violence in large cities. Or the past riots that have ruined entire neighborhoods in small towns by blacks I am sorry

the riots i have heard about....by blacks were in large cities, or in suburbs like Ferguson where the cops killed a man without real cause.  Whether he was a thug or not, that killing didn't have to happen.

And of course Black people may fight back from time, or be involved in gang fights, but the white nationals have just been going and shooting random folks...of a different ethnicity, as they precieve it.  Like the guy in El Passo.

That is of a different order, and endangers us all.

All the riots all the shootings and gang violence from both sides is wrong. Neither side is innocent , and white supremacists are sick as we all know
There was also no need to destroy a whole town like Ferguson for any reason whatsoever. That’s beyond normal also and unacceptable

I never said it was a good thing...but it is certainly understandable.  I bet if you or I had our friends shot by police on a daily basis for things like having a toy gun...in a store or in Ferguson, not even being armed at all, I don't know about you, but I would be royally pissed off, and WANT to fight back.

You can only kick somebody who is down so long before they are going to retaliate.

By the way, Ferguson is not really a small town...it is really part of the greater St Louis area, a suburb basically so it is NOT small town America.  I live in New Orleans.  It is at least 40 percent Black.  It also has a lot of Arabs/Islamics and all other natinoalists and the only violence is in bad neighbors or fights that escalate.

There have been no mass shootings. Every time that has happened it has been a white person, in many cases, a white Nationalist trying to make a political statement like the guy in El Passo.  Plus, when Blacks kill, mostly it is with simple firearms...at least I have not heard of any blacks taking AR-15s and just shooting everybody they hit.  

Now white mass shooers: Baton Rouge, El Passo, Dayton....and that is just the ones I remember off the top of my head.

Scene, it doesn't matter now. Trump has accomplished his objectives. Even if he dropped dead today all is lost. The kitty is out of the bag. The equivalent of Germany's Nazi party would destroy America as we know it even before the upcoming extinction event.

As I wrote to scene, having almost succeeded in finishing a 6th university degree in history, I was required to take a number of history electives and was awarded grants and assistant ships to study slavery, particularly in Brazil and the Caribbean, and Egyption religion and ancient history. However, I took electives in WWII, focused on Nazi Germany, Anonymous, though my interest was mainly centered upon Germany's brilliant officers ( Rommel, Gurderian, Model ) and combined use of armor, mechanized infantry, and aircraft. I also spent some time studying weapons from Me-262, Me-109BF, FW-190, Tiger, Panther tanks, and the famous 88 antiaircraft gun. I owned a fully functional MP-40 Sub-Machine Gun and every side arm issued to German officers.

But these studies also required exposure to Hitler and his objectives. While interacial hatred, especially black on white, has existed in America for a long time. Trump, a carbon copy of Adolf, who was also a white Aryan nationalist and hater of Hebrews, has expanded interracial hatred to all non - whites.

Unfortunately his objectives have been met. All is lost. Even if he dropped dead today, nothing would get better. It would grow worse until the extinction currently in progress, ended mankind.

At this time, scene, I, of white German royal decent, am assisting a lawyer in defending a black man I know has been rail road-ed into a 30 year sentence by southern white trash. I volunteered to assist after reading all official reports documenting evidence against him for a home invasion he was not involved in.

His lawyer, focusing on an appeal, can not even get trial transcripts. This is highly illeagal. I'm threatening the court to make them send those transcripts to him as I know much about what transpired during his trial..

I hate to say it, scene, but America is no longer my country, but a stinking cesspool I'd leave if I could.

Agreed, Anonymous, Chicaho evidences much crime these days. It didn't when my family lived there and I spent many a weekend at the Field Museum and even worked for a mink farm in the upstate for a summer. I'm prone to conclude that blacks fight for a reason while whites fight for a terrible ideal.

All the African Americans, Hispanics ( in Mexico and South America ), and Orientals I've ever known I enjoyed knowing. A African American gal and I drove to Walmart yesterday. She was afraid to enter the store. I remained aware of my surroundings while shopping.

Here I am, of white German decent, and among the few whites African Americans and even South of The Boarder migrants like. A migrant from San Salvatore rides with folks, often to save their lives, in an ambulance every day. When I nearly died of blood poisoning January before last, Five Therapists, all beautiful, and two from India and Africa pulled me through rehab.

They even took me down to the shower, stripped me, bathed me, and gave me a shave they said made me lok like Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean".

I judge folks as individuals and not by nationality or skin color. You probably don't but it really is bettr that way.

More terrorism is perpetrated by white nationalists and Neo-Nazis than terrorism perpetuated by anyone else, scene. That's a fact.

Indeed...America has always had Nazi types as well as bigots of all dicriptions, but not it is being given cover by the very person that is supposed to work to serve ALL the people.

There are times when I think leaving the country might be the thing that will save some of us.  Esp if trump doesn't get defeated in 2020.

I'd like to that's for sure because what Trump has started will continue even if he is forced out of office. He will never leave willingly.

i worry about him not leaving willingly...and hope if the vote goes right in 2020, the military will help remove him....That they will still be loyal to the American people instead of trump.

Trump cuddles the military, the evangelicals, and the Nazis as I would if I wanted to change a republic into a dictatorship.

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