It’s hard to say if hate crimes are on the rise — even after the FBI’s latest report — because the data used to track these cases is so poor. Despite the claims by the ADL and SPLC.
The ADL says White supremacists committed most extremist killings in 2017. White supremacists and other far-right groups committed the majority of extremist-related murders in the United States last year, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League. [Extremists include Environmental groups, Animal Rights groups, Islamic groups, etc.]
White supremacists were “directly responsible” for 18 out of 34 U.S. extremist-related deaths in 2017, the ADL said. Islamic extremists, by comparison, were only responsible for nine deaths in America. What about the Pulse Bar where 49 patrons were shot and killed by Omar Mateen, a Muslim. “We know enough to say this was an act of terror and an act of hate,” President Obama said in a speech from the White House on Sunday, cautioning that it was still early in the investigation.
The ADL contrived a metric to prove there is an “epidemic” of White supremacist killings. Why didn’t they use the high murder rate in Chicago by the Black population? Because they wouldn’t have an anti-White talking point! “As a society we need to keep a close watch on recruitment and rallies such as Charlottesville, which have the greatest potential to provoke and inspire violence,” ADL Jonathan Greenblatt wrote, referring to last summer’s white nationalist rally, when a counter-protestor was allegedly run down.
The ADL counts non-ideological murders committed by extremists in its tally — so a dedicated “white supremacist” who commits a murder unrelated to his political beliefs would be counted, which distorts the facts. New America, a think tank with its own tracking system, excludes such statistics.
New America counted five murders by far-right extremists in 2017, nine by Islamic extremists, and three by black nationalists. [Only three murders? BLM sympathizer Micah Xavier Johnson, of Mesquite Texas, shot 12 white police officers killing 5. Johnson told police he was upset by recent police shootings and “wanted to kill white people.”]
Either way, extremist killings represent only a fraction of the total homicides in the U.S., though they tend to garner more media coverage and have an outsize impact on public debate.
What about the “hate hoaxes”? During 2017 an Israeli teen, Michael Kadar, masterminded more than 2000 bomb threats and hoax phone calls to Jewish community centers and schools. Israel refuses to extradite Michael Kadar to the US. [Authorities have tied him to threats, hoaxes and extortion attempts to more than 2,000 Jewish community centers, schools, airlines, police stations and other institutions spanning more than two years.]
Of course, Israel is using the “Medical Problems” excuse card.
The main motivation behind the drumbeat of media coverage and social-media sharing is not to target hate crimes themselves, or even to advance policies designed to stop them, but rather to use them to discredit conservatives by tenuous association. As David Bernstein has observed, the organized anti-anti-Semitism groups in the U.S. have very specific incentives to blame anti-Semitic incidents on the Right: