Twenty people are dead in a weekend shooting at an El Paso Walmart. The incident is being called one of the worst attacks on Latinos in US history. The suspected shooter is in police custody, and posted an anti-immigrant manifesto online before the attack. Authorities are charging him with “domestic terrorism.”
Around the country, calls are growing for the US to starting white nationalism seriously. In July, FBI director Christopher Wray said the majority of the 100 “domestic terrorism” arrests made by the bureau this year involved white supremacists.
But even after Charlottesville, The Tree of Life Synagogue and now El Paso, conservatives in the US are not focused on this growing threat.
Instead, they are sounding the alarm about antifa. In July, two senators introduced a non-binding resolution to designate the group as “domestic terrorists.” Trump has thrown his support behind the move.
But rights groups said they are concerned that a terror designation would be used by the conservative movement to silence dissent. Activists also worry that a moral equivalency is being drawn between antifa and the alt-right movement, at a time when authorities should be working with community members to address growing white nationalist violence worldwide.
In this episode, The AJStream asks, why isn’t the US taking white nationalism seriously? Join the conversation.