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Undiscussed Terrorism: Victims of the U.S. Alt-Right.

Undiscussed Terrorism: Victims of the U.S. Alt-Right.

Context:

Often, members of alt-right, white nationalist/supremacy organizations conduct violent acts that are considered isolated incidences and do not carry the same terrorism label as similar acts performed by non-white groups.

In the News:

Over the last four years, at least 13 alt-right related terrorism incidents have left 43 dead and more than 60 injured.

What do we know about members of the “alt-right” movement?

  • They are overwhelmingly white and male.
  • They are first radicalized online through appeals to misogyny and sexism.
  • They don’t hesitate to use violence to obtain personal and political goals.
  • They are motivated by racism, not “economic anxiety.”
  • They dehumanize other groups, especially communities of color, but also women.

Insight from Peace Science:

Symbolic targets and threats to identity and privilege are stronger motivators to right-wing terrorism than objections to policy or material or economic factors.

In the U.S., right-wing terrorism is related to the following factors:

  • Higher abortion rates
  • Higher levels of female participation in the workforce
  • A Democratic president

References:

“Terror Victims Donald Trump Won’t Talk About”. By Chauncey Devega for Salon. Feb. 13, 2018.

Peace Science Digest Vol 2, Issue 2: “Motivations For Domestic Right-Wing Terrorism In The United States

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