By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman-huffingtonpost.com

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When it comes to domestic terrorism in America, the numbers don’t lie, Far-right extremists are behind far more plots and attacks than Islamist extremists.

There were almost twice as many terrorist incidents by right-wing extremists as by Islamist extremists in the U.S. from 2008 to 2016, according to a new report from The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund and The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal.

Looking at both plots and attacks carried out, the group tracked 201 terrorist incidents on U.S. soil from January 2008 to the end of 2016. The database shows 115 cases by right-wing extremists from white supremacists to militias to “sovereign citizens;” compared to 63 cases by Islamist extremists….

When it comes to right-wing extremism, attackers are also ‘mostly men’ and ‘almost purely white.’
Reporter David Neiwert

Attacks by right-wing extremists were also more often deadly, with nearly a third of right-wing extremist incidents resulting in deaths compared with 13 percent of Islamist extremist cases resulting in deaths….

Despite the facts, many Americans still associate terror attacks with Islamist extremists rather than far-right extremists,…

“The reality is the most significant domestic terror threat we have is right-wing extremism.”
Reporter David Neiwert

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The media has a long history of double standards when it comes to covering terrorism, starting with how slow mainstream media is to label attacks by white perpetrators as “terrorism,” and quick to label them as such when attackers are perceived as nonwhite or “other,” and specifically Muslim….

For instance, many people condemned the government for not labeling Dylann Roof a terrorist after he killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015, even though he specifically said he was there “to shoot black people,” according to witnesses.

“There’s actually a debate over whether what Dylann Roof did was domestic terrorism, when it so plainly is domestic terrorism,” Neiwert told HuffPost. “A lot of this has to do with embedded judgements about where these threats come from ― and that has to do with fear-mongering around Islamophobia.”

THE INVESTIGATIVE FUND AND REVEAL Investigative Fund’s interactive map showing terrorism incidents by ideology since 2008.

The solution, according to Neiwert, lies with the government first acknowledging the scale of the problem of far-right extremism,…

But it’s not just Trump that’s the problem. The Fund’s database goes back to 2008 and shows clearly how government resources have been disproportionately dedicated to tackling Islamist extremism over right-wing extremism….

When it came to right-wing extremism, only about a third of incidents were interrupted, only 35 percent. And the majority of the cases included acts of violence that led to deaths, injuries or damaged property.

At the end of the day, it’s not only on the government to acknowledge the reality of the growing threat of far-right extremism, according to Neiwert, it’s on everyone from members of the media to average Americans.

“First thing we need to do is recognize that it’s there, it’s a problem, it’s a threat ― as great a threat as Islamists,” Neiwert said. “And it needs to be taken seriously.”

 

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