WHITE SUPREMACISTS ARE A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT

Author
Navin Bapat
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
Political Violence @ A Glance
Abstract
The risk of terrorism is often overstated. Americans are more likely to die from everyday risks, such as driving, drowning, or being hit by lightning, than from terrorist attacks. I’ve often criticized the willingness of leaders to politicize terrorism, arguing that this results in ‘othering’ that harms racial and ethnic minorities, and, in some cases, in very large, costly, and brutal wars. I therefore do not say this lightly: In the case of the US, however, white supremacists like those who engaged in the mob attack on the US Capitol, are a clear and present danger to the human security of the American nonwhite population and to national security.
Topic
Violent Extremism, Far Right, White Supremacy, Racism
Political Geography
United States