REPORT: White Supremacist Murders Doubled In 2017 by the Forward

REPORT: White Supremacist Murders Doubled In 2017

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Murders committed by American white supremacists more than doubled in 2017 over the previous year, according to a new Anti-Defamation League report.

White supremacists were responsible for 18 of the total 34 extremist-related killings in the country, the ADL repoted.

The report, “Murder and Extremism in the United States in 2017,” was released Wednesday by the ADL’s Center of Extremism. According to the numbers, 2017 overall deats were significantly less than in 2015 and 2016, but still higher than average.

The white supremacist murders included several killings linked to the “alt right,” the online reactionary subculture that burst into national media over the last few years, particularly after latching onto the campaign of Donald Trump.

The “alt-right” has breathed new energy into older white nationalist movments. “Alt-right” imagery and figures featured prominently at the explosive Charlottesville, Virginia rally that devolved into violence and led to the killing of a counter protestor.

Despite white supremacists being behind the most violence, other extremist groups are also worth noting. An Islamic extremist committed the single deadliest incident in 2017 — the New York City bike path attack, which killed eight people. The ADL also notes that 2017 was the second year in a row in which black nationalists have committed murders, which the group warns could be “the possibility of an emerging problem.”

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Sam Kestenbaum is a contributing editor and former staff writer for the Forward. Before this, he worked for The New York Times and newsrooms in Sana, Ramallah and Beijing. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter at @skestenbaum and on Instagram at @skestenbaum.

White Supremacist Murders Doubled In 2017

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