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Human rights defenders urge political leaders to root out radical extremists

ALABAMA (WHNT) — The United States has seen a dramatic increase in hate crimes in eight of the nation’s 10 largest cities. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), more than eight thousand hate crimes were “reported” in 2021.

This is 55% more than the previous year. But experts and advocacy groups say those numbers are likely much higher as the alarming trend continues.

The FBI also says statistics show white supremacists and far-right killers dominate the total number of extremist homicides since 2018. Human rights groups say the recent hate shooting in Buffalo, New York State, highlights a new generation of radical extremists.

As police investigate the Buffalo shooting that killed 10 people and injured others, investigators identified the shooter’s target as taking as many black lives as possible after being radicalized by misinformation.

“It can spur the worst mass violence,” noted Heidi Beirich, co-founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism (GPAHE) at Montgomery.

The GPAHE closely followed and exposed the imprint of white supremacy.

Bierich says Buffalo shooting suspect Payton Gendron used violence to promote a radical ideology rooted in racism known as “the great replacement.” She said the theory “holds that there is a conspiracy that blames the elites, sometimes it’s anti-Semitic and blames the Jews, a conspiracy to replace white people in what they see as their own country with people of color”.

Rachel Carroll-Rivas of the Southern Poverty Law Center says it’s time for Alabama lawmakers to speak out against this radical hatred.

“We have to say that’s not right,” Carroll-Rivas said. “We have to stand up against hate and we have to center the people who are victimized.”

The Buffalo shooting and other recent racial crimes prompted lawmakers to pass legislation to combat the growing threat of domestic terrorism.

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to pass a domestic terrorism bill that would dedicate more federal resources to help streamline communication among federal agencies to better identify and respond to the threat of terrorism from the United States. white extremism.

Alabama human rights groups say violence like this should be a driving force this election season for people to call for change when casting their ballots.

“You combine that with a glorification of guns and a gun show and it’s no surprise you find an 18-year-old white guy walking into a grocery store and killing black people in Buffalo,” Bierich said. “I mean, it’s a toxic mix.”

Carroll-Rivas agreed.

“That includes our leaders at every level, from local to federal, to our business leaders, to our elected officials, to our religious leaders. because in silence this hatred thrives,” she said.

As the House scrambles to pass the domestic terrorism bill as quickly as possible, it remains unlikely to win the necessary support from Republican senators, who oppose strengthening the power of the Department of Justice. Justice in domestic surveillance.


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