ANKARA: White nationalist teams within the US have elevated 55% since 2017 as a result of “fear of demographic change,” in accordance with a latest research by an American nonprofit authorized advocacy group specialising in civil rights and public curiosity litigation.
The Southern Poverty Regulation Centre (SPLC), mentioned in 2019, the third yr of US President Donald Trump’s time period, there was “a continued and rising threat to inclusive democracy: a surging white nationalist movement that has been linked to a series of racist and anti semitic terror attacks and has coincided with an increase in hate crime.”
“The number of white nationalist groups rose for the second straight year, a 55 per cent increase since 2017, when Trump’s campaign energized white nationalists who saw in him an avatar of their grievances and their anxiety over the country’s demographic changes,” the report mentioned.
Final yr, 155 white nationalist teams have been counted, individually from the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Accomplice, neo-Nazi, racist skinhead and Christian Id teams, which all may very well be pretty described as a white nationalist.
The report emphasised that for the reason that flip of the millennium, American racists “have fretted over what they fear will be the loss of their place of dominance in society,” and that an assault in El Paso, Texas in 2019, the place 26 victims have been killed, had been made with the identical motive.
Though the FBI upgraded its evaluation of “the threat posed by racially motivated extremists to a ‘national threat priority’ and “the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a strategic shift toward countering racial hatred” final yr, the report mentioned these efforts are hampered by the Trump administration.
“Though the experts appear to understand the threat, they remain hamstrung by the Trump administration, which has hired members of hate groups into high-level positions and has on its staff people like Stephen Miller, the senior policy adviser in the White House who has long been allied with anti-immigrant hate groups,” it mentioned.
The entire variety of hate teams dipped almost 8% to 940 from a report 1,020 in 2018 and the SPLC mentioned that “this decline does not reflect a significant diminishment of the radical right or a fundamental shift in the general trend of the last several years, given the increased activity among white nationalist hate groups.”