Washington, D.C. — There is a growing consensus that domestic terrorism, especially from violent white supremacists, poses a far greater threat to the United States than foreign terrorism. But Congress has the power to take meaningful action now to counter this disturbing trend and prevent a greater surge in white nationalist violence.
A new report from the Center for American Progress outlines four immediate actions that Congress can take between now and the end of the session on January 5, 2021, to combat this homegrown terrorism.
“These measures would help provide law enforcement officials critical data and resources needed to address this threat at the federal level,” said Simon Clark, a senior fellow at CAP. “Lawmakers have the responsibility to ensure that 2021 does not become another year of increased hate crimes, domestic terror incidents, and white supremacist activity.”
The report recommends that Congress pass legislation to:
- Increase the criminal penalties for lynching
- Strengthen mechanisms to counter violent white supremacy abroad
- Root out violent white supremacy in military and law enforcement institutions
- Improve data collection and analysis of the domestic terror threat
The report also urges Congress to hold hearings that examine the role of technology in white supremacist violence, the roots of the white supremacist movement, the connections between hate crimes and domestic terrorism, and the links between violent far-right groups in different countries.
Read the report: “How Congress Can Counter Violent White Supremacy Today” by Simon Clark, Karuna Nandkumar, and James Lamond
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