Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

The Trump administration is downplaying the growing threat of white supremacist terrorism

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • The Trump administration is downplaying the growing threat of white supremacist terrorism


    Alt-right members preparing to enter Emancipation Park holding Nazi, Confederate, and Gadsden "Don't Tread on Me" flags. Anthony Crider/Wikimedia Comons
    • White-supremacist violence in the US is growing, but the Trump administration is ignoring it.
    • To combat the problem, the US must first collect accurate statistics on the violence and then fund programs to tackle the issue head on.
    • Congress should also pass the NO HATE Act, legislation designed to greatly strengthen data sharing and hate-crime prevention in local, state, and federal law enforcement.
    • Don Beyer is in his third term in the House of Representatives, where he represents Northern Virginia suburbs of the nation's capital. He is the author of the NO HATE Act.
    Two years ago, I watched with deep sadness as my beloved Virginia became the center of a national firestorm of attention during a weekend of hatred and violence. In the aftermath of Charlottesville, I hoped that we could at least take lessons from that catastrophe to help reduce hate-fueled terrorism.

    Sadly, subsequent events, most recently in El Paso, Texas, show that the problem of white-supremacist violence is getting worse.

    And though the tragedy in Texas deservedly got significant national attention, the problem goes way beyond El Paso.

    It's mass murder and violence in the houses of worship of many faiths. It's the violent killing of neighbors or restaurant diners because of their race or religion. It's the murder of transgender women of color.

    America has a serious white-supremacy problem, which is helping fuel a rise in hate crimes, violence, and domestic terrorism, and it's time for Congress to do something to combat this growing threat to our nation.


    America's white-supremacy problem is being ignored

    Hate crimes have grown more numerous in each of the past three years, even according to the woefully incomplete data available to the FBI.

    This lack of complete statistics has lent credence to those who wish to deny the obvious increase in the danger of violent racism and bigotry because it makes them uncomfortable. That includes powerful people in media, government, and, most important, the Trump administration.

    This country responded to acts of foreign terrorism by invading two countries, undertook unprecedented surveillance of its own citizens, and imposed massive security restrictions at airports and government buildings.

    But today — faced with a threat that the FBI director says amounts to an enormous portion of all terrorist threats against the US — the White House reportedly refused to allow the Department of Homeland Security to even prioritize domestic terrorism because mentioning white supremacists would " trigger" the president.

    The president's decision to ignore years of increasingly concerned warnings of law enforcement puts American lives at risk. The executive branch is responsible for Americans' security, and these compounded failures require action from Congress to help fix it.

    There is much that we can do.


    A few steps toward confronting white supremacy

    The Judiciary Committee is set to take up legislation — which I support — to bar people convicted of hate crimes from obtaining firearms. We should also take forceful action, using the power of the purse, to prevent the Trump administration from making further cuts to agencies and programs tasked with tracking and fighting domestic terrorism.

    To give them the best possible tools in this fight, Congress should also pass the NO HATE Act, bipartisan and bicameral legislation that I introduced to greatly strengthen data sharing and hate-crime prevention in local, state, and federal law enforcement.

    Right now, an enormous number of these heinous acts go unreported, including even high-profile crimes like the murders of Heather Heyer and Khalid Jabara. Assembling accurate data is a vital step toward the larger goal of creating a coordinated national strategy for stopping the rise of white-supremacist violence, and it would also rebut those who falsely and harmfully claim that no such problem exists.

    I will continue to work with my colleagues who are demanding action from the administration to confront racism and address domestic terrorism. As we go forward, it is vital that we remember that the killer in El Paso claimed inspiration from the racist mass murderer in Christchurch, New Zealand, which has " become a rallying cry for extremists" around the world. To defeat such a widespread threat we will need to be much smarter and better organized.

    Finally, we need our commander in chief to acknowledge this threat to the American people, and to protect them.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/cong...ahx9S46MXUop4k

  • #2
    Totally. The white supremacist body count is now neck and neck with lightning for most deaths.

    When will the feds finally get serious about these dual menaces? We must outlaw hate speech and speeding Deloreans.

    Comment


    • #3
      The other thread was locked, so he had to start the conversation all over again.

      Attached Files

      Comment


      • #4
        Originally posted by Dr.10-307 View Post
        The other thread was locked, so he had to start the conversation all over again.
        LAdip has gots the TDS bad it consumes him.

        Comment


        • #5
          Originally posted by IQ33

          LAdip has gots the TDS bad it consumes him.
          IQ33: “White supremacists aren’t a problem - it’s people who object to white supremacy who really offend me.”

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by Dr.10-307 View Post
            The other thread was locked, so he had to start the conversation all over again.
            I’m pretty sure the other thread was locked because you and your fellow Trumpflakes turned it into a “lets fling poo at the mods” session.

            Comment


            • #7
              Originally posted by BroncoBeavis View Post
              Totally. The white supremacist body count is now neck and neck with lightning for most deaths.

              When will the feds finally get serious about these dual menaces? We must outlaw hate speech and speeding Deloreans.
              Yeah, because, like lightening strikes, acts of white supremacist terrorism are acts of God. Not much you can do.

              Beaver logic is always a hoot.

              Comment


              • #8

                Comment


                • #9
                  Click image for larger version

Name:	giphy.gif
Views:	65
Size:	702.5 KB
ID:	2492723

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    White supremacy is a problem whether these chuckleheads will admit it or not. It always has been.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by swaiy View Post
                      White supremacy is a problem whether these chuckleheads will admit it or not. It always has been.
                      It's always funny to watch who goes on the defensive and gets all butt hurt whenever this topic is raised.

                      These are essentially profiling threads.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by L.A. BRONCOS FAN View Post

                        Yeah, because, like lightening strikes, acts of white supremacist terrorism are acts of God. Not much you can do.

                        Beaver logic is always a hoot.
                        Aren't you the guys that keep telling us late term abortions are so rare?

                        You know, the things that number in the thousands instead of the tens.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by swaiy View Post
                          White supremacy is a problem whether these chuckleheads will admit it or not. It always has been.
                          Racism is a problem.

                          Always has been.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BroncoBeavis View Post

                            Racism is a problem.

                            Always has been.
                            Thanks for that bombshell, but the topic is white supremacist terrorism.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by L.A. BRONCOS FAN View Post

                              Thanks for that bombshell, but the topic is white supremacist terrorism.
                              It's actually about whether you can "downplay" something that kills about as many people as lawnmowers.

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X