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49 Muslims were murdered in New Zealand by a radical right-wing terrorist

In our partnership with the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (@C4ARR) we've highlighted the threat of right-wing extremism & how to combat it

Trump says it's not a threat—Let's educate him

After Aristotle's climate theory and the Biblical Curse of Ham were no longer the primary theories of white supremacy, Eugenics took their place.

20th-century eugenicists—in the US and Europe—perpetuated the fake science of white genetic superiority.

This false idea of genetic white superiority fuels the fear of "white genocide" we see playing out across the globe today.

The age-old fear that immigrants would "infest" and "replace" whites hit a fever pitch during the recent refugee crisis.

As the rise of the radical right unfolded in Europe, Trump reminded us how deep-seated white supremacy is in America.

The US surge in right-wing extremism is merely a resurfacing of pre-existing sentiments hidden in our whitewashed history books.

President Trump ripped the mask off the @GOP's southern strategy.

Using fear-mongering tactics, Trump preys on the xenophobia in his base to stir up white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia.

Hate crimes have surged.

Trump hasn't stopped.

Why are we discussing the US surge of right-wing extremism in the context of the #NewZealandTerroristAttack?

Because the radical right is now a collaborative international enterprise

The Christchurch terrorist said he was radicalized by the US right
This brings us to tech.

Companies like @facebook and @Twitter have enabled neo-Nazis to flourish under the guise of "free speech."

Like the terrorist in New Zealand, neo-Nazis are radicalized & organized on their platforms.

The results are deadly.

When they're banned from one platform, they join another.

Britain First (the anti-Muslim hate group that Trump retweeted) joined Gab after they were banned from Twitter and Facebook.

Gab was used by the neo-Nazi Tree of Life Synagogue terrorist.

So what do we do about it?

We could utilize some of the counter-terrorism tactics that were deployed against ISIS.

This will take tech companies to proactively suppress the spread of hate on their platforms.

Designated task forces will be necessary

We could also try a community-based approach similar to what was deployed in Manchester.

A good start would be for @realDonaldTrump to take the threat of radical right-wing terrorism seriously and fund programs to combat it—like the one he defunded.

The threat of this bigotry is real

This is why we're co-sponsoring @AmericanU's Global Education Forum on March 28, along with @C4ARR & @PENamerican

The forum will highlight this rise in hate

Reply with questions you want to be asked at the forum

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