Urge Congress to Assess the Threat Posed by White Supremacist Ideologies

The recent act of terror in Christchurch, New Zealand was intended to instill fear in the hearts of minorities. This was not our first, nor will it be our last, encounter with evil. Jeffersontown, Pittsburgh, Quebec City, Charlottesville, Charleston, Oak Creek, and many others were the work of white supremacist groups. Hate crimes victimize entire communities with people no longer feel safe to practice their religion or families attend religious services at churches, synagogues, mosques, gurdwaras or attend communal events. The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council is working to raise consciousness among Congressional leaders about the mounting threats to our society by those subscribing to white supremacist ideologies and urges the U.S. Government to make this a high national priority.

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Take Action to Assess Violence Posed by White Supremacist Ideologies
Dear (recipient name),

The murders in Charlottesville, Charleston, Oak Creek, and many others – including the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City – were perpetrated by members of white supremacist groups. The recent attacks in Jeffersontown, Pittsburgh, and Christchurch, New Zealand appear to have been committed by actors influenced by the same hateful rhetoric of these groups. The same is true of the attempted bombing of a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees in Garden City, Kansas last year.

I write to urge you to hold hearings to assess the rise in violence committed by persons subscribing to white supremacist ideologies. I recognize that this issue impacts several committees and ask that you use your leadership on your committee to tackle this issue.

While the Government must address all forms of bias and hate that lead to criminal action, a comprehensive examination of violence motivated by white supremacist ideology is long overdue. In 2017, the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation warned that white supremacist groups had already carried out more attacks than any other domestic extremist group over the past 16 years and were likely to carry out more attacks in the coming year. A recent examination of the subject that appeared in the New York Times (“Threat of White Nationalism,” Nov. 3, 2018) made clear that Federal and State governments lack sufficient knowledge concerning the presence and threat of white supremacist groups and of when individuals are likely to act upon their ideology with violence. I do not ask Congress to regulate thoughts or beliefs but instead to investigate whether:

• law enforcement and interagency task forces have adequate resources to address these threats,
• new Federal legislation is needed to confront the challenges of violence posed by these groups,
• certain public institutions, such as prisons, are particular sites of susceptibility to the propagation of domestic extremist ideologies, and
• how technology and social media can be used to counter extremist content and radicalization.

Please urge your colleagues in the House and Senate to take action now.

Thank You,

[First Name] [Last Name]