Topic: Extremism & Hate Crimes

A man holds a large Q sign, referencing the Qanon conspiracy theory, at a rally for President Donald Trump on August 2nd, 2018, in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

Is a Conspiracy Theory Protected Speech?

The FBI labeled conspiracy mongering a domestic terror threat. What does that mean for Donald Trump and others who propagate misinformation?

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The Moral Dilemma of Banning 8chan

Cybersecurity provider Cloudflare got applause for pulling service from the famously hateful message board. But could this move mean more dangerous censorship down the line?

Protesters wave placards against President Donald Trump during a Rise and Resist Against White Supremacy demonstration inside the Grand Central Station in New York on September 18th, 2017.

The DOJ Is Finally Bridging the Gap Between Online Radicalization and Domestic Terrorism

The choice to treat the El Paso, Texas, shooting as domestic terrorism opens up law enforcement's ability to investigate 8chan and the sites where extremism finds a home.

Photovoltaic solar panels on the west wing roof of the Oregon State Capitol, pictured on November 14th, 2005, in Salem, Oregon.

What the Oregon State Senate Standoff Tells Us About the GOP and the Far Right

The Oregon GOP standoff was merely the most recent escalation of a far-right strategy that has been with us for a long time.

White nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the alt-right face anti-fascist counter-protesters at the entrance to Emancipation Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12th, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

What Would It Mean If Trump Labeled Antifa as a Terrorist Organization?

Ted Cruz and other conservatives are calling for the group to be recognized as a terror organization, and Trump tweeted he might have the DOJ define it as one.

A woman reads a program during a memorial service honoring the victims of the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a year after the massacre, on June 17th, 2016, in Charleston, South Carolina.

A Remarkable New Book about the Charleston Shooting

Pulitzer Prize-winning Post and Courier reporter Jennifer Berry Hawes discusses how mainstream journalism tends to stereotype the victims of mass shootings.

A sign is posted on the exterior of Twitter headquarters on July 26th, 2018, in San Francisco, California.

Twitter Will Remove Dehumanizing Content Against Religious Groups

The expansion of the social media company's hateful content policy doesn't go as far as initially promised.

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Facebook's Promise to Moderate Comes Up Short in Private Groups

Dozens of hateful posts in a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents raise questions about how well if at all the company is policing disturbing postings and comments made outside of public view.

One hundred life-sized cutouts of Facebook executive Mark Zuckerberg sit on the lawn of the United States Capitol on April 10th, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

A Supreme Court Decision Could Have Implications for Social Media Free Speech

The court ruled that First Amendment protections don't apply to a corporation that operates a public access channel in New York.

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Are Racist Yearbook Photos Protected Student Speech?

Decisions in Illinois and North Carolina to reprint yearbooks with white nationalist photos have prompted a First Amendment debate.

People gather at a mosque in Brooklyn, New York, for an Eid al-Fitr prayer on June 4th, 2019.

As American Muslims Celebrate Eid al-Fitr, Mosques Have Ramped Up Security

A rise in Islamophobic hate crimes during the Trump presidency has led to increased law-enforcement presence at places of worship.

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What If Climate Change and Rising Nationalism Both Had the Same Solution?

Countries riven by inequality and xenophobia won't be resilient to climate change—which means that the fight against nationalism and the fight against global warming are actually one and the same.

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'Knife to the Heart': The Deep Empathy Behind Chris Orrick's Witty, Working-Class Hip-Hop

The Detroit rapper's willingness to listen to other people, and to see himself from their perspective, is one of the hallmarks of his music, his career, and his politics.

(Left) A police file photo made available February 6th, 2002, of the "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh. (Right) A February 11th, 2002, photograph of Lindh as seen from the records of the Arabia Hassani Kalan Surani Bannu madrassa (religious school) in Pakistan's northwestern city of Bannu.

Is Law Enforcement Able to De-Radicalize Extremists Like John Walker Lindh?

The "American Taliban," a Californian who joined the Taliban in 2001, will be released today.

Students gather on the University of California–Santa Barbara campus for a candlelight vigil for those affected by the tragedy in Isla Vista on May 24th, 2014.

Archiving Grief Five Years After the Isla Vista Attacks

A misogyny-fueled killing spree spurred reams of news coverage. Now an online archive aims to allow a community to tell its own story of grief.

Crowds gather for a vigil in memory of the victims of the Christchurch mosque terror attacks on March 16th, 2019, in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Trump Admin Won't Join an Initiative to Curb Social Media Extremism, Citing Free Speech

Experts say the initiative does not "have much teeth to it" but that it does not run contrary to the First Amendment.

Protesters clash in Charlottesville, Virginia.

White Supremacists Involved in the 'Unite the Right' Rally Take Guilty Pleas

Despite taking a defiant tone in the immediate wake of the infamous rally, the four men charged by federal authorities have all pleaded guilty.

A makeshift memorial sits across the street from the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on Sunday, April 28th, 2019, one day after a gunman opened fire on worshippers.

Does the Media Need to Report on Extremist Manifestos?

An extremism scholar discusses the ways in which journalism has been hijacked by bad faith actors in the wake of the Poway and Christchurch shootings.

Sri Lankan security forces secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after an explosion hit St Anthony's Church in Kochchikade on April 21st, 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Colonial History of Christianity in Sri Lanka

After the Easter Sunday attacks that left at least 200 people dead, a religious studies professor looks back at how Christianity came to the island nation.

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Why Can't the Military Root Out Far-Right Extremism in Its Own Ranks?

The Department of Homeland Security fumbled a domestic terrorism report in 2009 that warned about right-wing militias targeting the U.S. Army for recruits.

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Could Church Burnings in Louisiana Show a Connection Between Black Metal and White Supremacy?

The man accused of burning three black churches in Louisiana had an affinity for metal music, a cultural scene white supremacists have infiltrated in the past.

Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the alt-right march down East Market Street toward Emancipation Park during the Unite the Right rally on August 12th, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Far Right Doesn't Want to Beat the Left; It Wants to Exterminate It

Every right-wing authoritarian movement has one thing in common: a brutal clampdown on any persons or groups who promote equality.

U.S. Marines pose with a SS Flag in 2012.

Does the American Military Have a Problem With Far-Right Extremism?

In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security released a report highlighting the threat of far-right groups recruiting veterans. Ten years later, it's still relevant.