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Confronting White Supremacy (Part I): The Consequences of Inaction

Date: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 2:00pm
Location: 
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Confronting White Supremacy (Part I): The Consequences of Inaction

CHAIRMAN JAMIE RASKIN'S OPENING STATEMENT

PURPOSE

The hearing will examine the Administration’s efforts to collect accurate statistics on and combat white supremacist hate crimes and domestic terror. The hearing will also discuss the impact on the communities most victimized and targeted by white supremacists.

BACKGROUND

  • White supremacists continue to pose the most significant threat of domestic terrorism and extremist killings in the United States.  In a May 2017 joint intelligence bulletin entitled, “White Supremacist Extremism Poses Persistent Threat of Lethal Violence,” the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found white supremacists “were responsible for 49 homicides in 26 attacks from 2000 to 2016… more than any other domestic extremist movement.”
  • According to the Anti-Defamation League, of the 50 domestic extremist murders in 2018, every perpetrator had ties to right-wing extremists, and 78% of those were committed by white supremacists.  There were zero killings in 2018 related to left-wing extremism (including anarchists and black nationalists).
  • The number of reported hate crimes in the U.S. has seen continual growth since 2014.  The FBI reported 7,175 incidents of hate crimes in 2017, a 17% increase from 2016, and a 31% increase since 2014.   The FBI also reported that in 2017, 4,131 hate crime incidents were based on race or ethnicity.  
  • The FBI’s official hate crimes statistics are flawed and underreport the actual number of hate crimes being committed.  From 2013 to 2017, the FBI reported 7,500 hate crimes on average while the National Crime Victimization Survey estimated 200,000 hate crimes a year.
  • Under the Trump Administration, DHS appears to have significantly reduced resources and infrastructure that would address the increasing threat of white supremacist extremism.  Reportedly, DHS recently disbanded a group of analysts focused on domestic terrorism in the Office of  Intelligence and Analysis, reducing the number of analytic reports on white supremacists.

WITNESSES

Susan Bro
Co-Founder President/Board Chair
Heather Heyer Foundation

George Selim
Senior Vice President of Programs
​Anti-Defamation League

Omar Ricci
Chairman
​Islamic Center of Southern California

Michael German
Fellow
Brennan Center for Justice

Roy Austin
Partner
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP

 

116th Congress