Nearly a year after the violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, the Anti-Defamation League launched an interactive map that details extremist and anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S., the organization announced Thursday.
Hovering above the ADL H.E.A.T. (Hate, Extremism, Anti-Semitism, Terrorism) Map, which is black and features color-code dots over a white-outlined map of the U.S., is a statistic: There were 3,023 incidents of extremism or anti-Semitism in the country in 2017 and 2018. The dots represent extremist activities, such as extremist-related murders, terrorist plots and attacks, anti-Semitic incidents and white supremacist propaganda on and off campus.
Inspired by the tragic Charlottesville rally — where a neo-Nazi allegedly plowed his Dodge Charger into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring others — the ADL included a report evaluating how the white supremacist movement — and the alt-right in particular — has changed in a year. The findings include how it has increased on- and off-campus propaganda in the past year. During the 2017-18 school year, there were 292 cases reported — a 77% increase from the 2016-2017 school year.
Fitting neatly into the data is Patrick Little, a neo-Nazi former Senate candidate who embarked on a cross-country tour he calls “Name The Jew,” where he spews anti-Semitic propaganda at passers-by — including at Brown University.
The map also comes at a time when nine men running for office hold ties to white supremacists and Nazis.
“It’s important to remember that extremist activity is not just confined to a historic town in Virginia,” said ADL CEO and National Director Jonathan Greenblatt, “but rather an issue faced by communities every day across the country.”
This story "More Than 3,000 Incidents Of Extremism In 2018" was written by Alyssa Fisher.