The Sept. 4 article headlining “domestic terrorism” was extremely biased. Of course the crazy neo-Nazi who committed violence in Charlottesville was highlighted, but left wingers such as Michael Hodgkinson who attempted to kill as many Republican congressmen as possible are ignored.
Overall, there is much more left-wing violence and attempts at suppression than anything from the right and much of that from the right is distorted. For instance, the article says that the number of people killed by violent far-right extremists between Sept. 12, 2001, and the end of 2016 is 158. That is actually quite low considering there has been around a quarter-million murders in that same time period. It gives no comparable for the left-wing violence.
I checked out those 158 and found some of them were just family, drug and prison related crimes. I grabbed one involving multiple murders, investigated and discovered that the supposed white supremacist was a black guy who sought out Christians to kill in the Roseburg murders, hardly a racial crime.
There’s plenty of hate to go around, but if we only demonize crimes from one side then we are haplessly adding to the discrimination problem.
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Joseph J. Dewey, Boise