SPLC, ADL, and the 'White Nationalism' Panic

04/12/2019

These groups are big players behind the internet censorship trend which started with the 2016 U.S. election, ticked up after Charlottesville, and ticked up again post-Christchurch. Without countering it, and the alarmist research and organizations that encourage it, social media censors will be free to claim that there is a surge in "hate" across the West, rather than a surge in "hate panic", as is more likely the case.

Responding to a Times op-ed which parroted an ADL finding that, from 2008 to 2017, 71 percent of 387 extremist related fatalities in the U.S. were linked to white supremacists, American Spectator's David Catron worked out the per year figure to be 28. As he wrote, "[e]very death is tragic, but this is less than half the annual fatality rate associated with bee and wasp stings."