Tag: Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017)

Trump’s Executive Order and the Rise of Anti-Semitism

Last year, anti-Semitic attacks killed more Jews around the globe than in any year in decades. Worshipers were gunned down during Saturday services at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue. Attackers took the lives of a Jewish college student in California and a Holocaust survivor in France. German Jews were cautioned not to wear skullcaps or […]

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Stephen Miller’s Sinister Syllabus

Somewhat lost in the frenzy over impeachment this week was a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center on Stephen Miller, a White House speechwriter and close adviser to the president. An analysis of more than 900 emails from Miller to editors at Breitbart News, the report shows Miller’s single-minded focus on nonwhite immigration and […]

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F.B.I. and Prosecutors Try Speaking Plainly About Domestic Terrorism

OAKWOOD VILLAGE, Ohio — As a group of prominent black pastors listened, the top federal prosecutor in northern Ohio, Justin E. Herdman, spoke recently at Mount Zion church about the prospect that a gunman could target one of their congregations. The subtext was clear. Mr. Herdman is among a group of federal law enforcement officials […]

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Charlottesville Lawsuit Puts Rising Intolerance on Trial

The most sweeping lawsuit against the promoters of the Charlottesville white power rally has been churning toward trial for two years, ever since hundreds of white supremacists and Nazis staged a torch-lit march that sparked a weekend of violence. In that time, lawyers have been methodically pursuing a case that could demonstrate how to use […]

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Racists Are Recruiting. Watch Your White Sons.

Raising teenagers can be terrifying. Our squishy little babies become awkward hormonal creatures who question our authority at every turn. I expected that. What I didn’t predict was that my sons’ adolescence would include being drawn to the kind of online content that right-wing extremists use to recruit so many young men. The first sign […]

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Terrorism Is Terrorism

When detectives from the New York Police Department’s intelligence bureau arrested Jose Pimentel on Nov. 20, 2011, he was in a Washington Heights apartment putting the finishing touches on a pipe bomb he was building in an Al Qaeda-inspired plot to attack military and police targets in the city. On March 22, 2017, James Harris […]

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What Changed in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two years ago this week, hundreds of white nationalists descended on Charlottesville, Va., under the pretense of protesting the city’s decision to remove a monument to Robert E. Lee from a public park. They were joined by old-guard white supremacists like David Duke, and before they were through, a young man, inspired […]

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Trump Is a White Nationalist Who Inspires Terrorism

A decade ago, Daryl Johnson, then a senior terrorism analyst at the Department of Homeland Security, wrote a report about the growing danger of right-wing extremism in America. Citing economic dislocation, the election of the first African-American president and fury about immigration, he concluded that “the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells […]

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Cloudflare Chief Explains Decision to Shut Down 8Chan, Despite Reservations

Early Monday, 8chan, the anonymous message board where the man accused of carrying out the El Paso massacre posted his manifesto, went offline. The man most responsible for the outage wasn’t Jim Watkins, 8chan’s owner, or his son Ronald, the message board’s administrator. Instead, the decision to take 8chan offline, at least temporarily, fell largely […]

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In El Paso Shooting Suspect’s Manifesto, an Echo of Trump’s Language

At campaign rallies before last year’s midterm elections, President Trump repeatedly warned that America was under attack by immigrants heading for the border. “You look at what is marching up, that is an invasion!” he declared at one rally. “That is an invasion!” Nine months later, a 21-year-old white man is accused of opening fire […]

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Minutes Before El Paso Killing, Hate-Filled Manifesto Appears Online

Nineteen minutes before the first 911 call alerted authorities to a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Tex., a hate-filled, anti-immigrant manifesto appeared online. It spoke of a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” It detailed a plan to separate America into territories by race. It warned that white people were being replaced by foreigners. […]

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Why a Black Preacher Is Fighting for Control of a Neo-Nazi Group

LOS ANGELES — A pitched leadership battle is taking place inside one of the country’s oldest neo-Nazi groups. On one side, a true believer is pushing to attract new members and expand the ranks. On the other, a black former Baptist preacher is hoping to destroy the hate-spewing group from the inside. James Hart Stern, […]

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Trump’s Art of Disavowing a Disavowal

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday demonstrated the limited influence of allies or advisers who try to steer him away from pre-election racial and cultural fights. He walked back his disavowal of a racially loaded chant at a campaign rally less than 24 hours after making it. Acquiescing to behind-the-scenes pressure from nervous Republican lawmakers […]

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Trump’s Aides, Not Eager to Defend His Tweets, Also Don’t Condemn Them

WASHINGTON — When President Trump defended neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, one of his top aides took the rare step of publicly condemning what he said. Gary D. Cohn, who served as his top economic adviser at the time, said in an interview with The Financial Times that “this administration can and must […]

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James Fields Sentenced to Life in Prison for Death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville

James Fields Jr., the white supremacist who murdered a woman two summers ago when he steered a Dodge Challenger into a crowd of peaceful demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., was sentenced Friday to life in federal prison, The Associated Press reported. Lawyers for Mr. Fields, 22, had pleaded for mercy, citing his difficult childhood and mental […]

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F.B.I., Pushing to Stop Domestic Terrorists, Grapples With Limits on Its Power

EVERETT, Wash. — Dakota Reed’s mind brimmed with thoughts of mass murder. In November, he wrote on Facebook, “I am shooting for 30 Jews.” The next month, he uploaded a video of himself in his bedroom of his mother’s Seattle-area home proudly displaying new gun sights he had mounted on his AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. White […]

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