The period under review includes the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the worst massacre in the country before Sept. 11, and the 2015 slaughter at the African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, executed by a young white supremacist. The picture described consists of attacks on clinics and doctors who practice abortions; violent attacks, often fatal, on African-American or Hispanic individuals; and victims of fires and explosions targeting synagogues and Muslim places of worship and cultural centers.
A long and terrible list of acts of violence and threats often thwarted at the last moment. As was the case of the gang of would-be Crusaders. The “crusaders” were stopped by police last October while actually preparing to blow up a residential complex in Garden City, Kansas, which is home to dozens of Somali families who fled from the war.
If the violent, anti-Muslim groups have experienced a spectacular growth in the last decade, the document drawn up by the ADL also indicates the persistence of organizations adhering to neo-Nazism, the white supremacist and racist skinheads circuit. The latter are frequently responsible for racist killings.
And then there’s the strengthening of the paramilitary groups, like the militias born in the ‘90s that re-appeared during the Obama presidency as part of the extreme right-wing revival sponsored by the Republicans, and the so-called “sovereign citizens” who do not recognize the federal laws and authorities, and with whom they consider themselves at war. In preparation for this purpose, they collect large quantities of weapons and explosives.