Right now, we are experiencing a dramatic shift in the United States with the rise of White Supremacy, White Nationalism, and countless acts of domestic terrorism that have demonstrated the violence of these ideologies. This violence — which has been fueled in part by the previous administration and outlandish conspiracy theories — is not only directed towards Black and Brown communities and religious minorities (‘Unite the Right rally’, 2017), but also towards our elected officials (Capitol Insurrection, 2021).
All the while, despite overwhelming evidence identifying White Supremacy as the greatest domestic threat, government agencies and law enforcement disproportionately target, surveil, and harass Muslim Americans and Black and Brown communities under the flag of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), now known as the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) program.
“Among DVEs, racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists — specifically white supremacist extremists — will remain the most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland.” — DHS, Homeland Threat Assessment (October 2020)
Additionally, despite these findings and clear cut statutory definitions of domestic terrorism, White Supremacists, along with most White perpetrators who commit violent hate crimes, continue to avoid the 51 statutory ‘Federal Terrorism Charges’ and statutes that pose penalties under acts of domestic terrorism, which is nearly never the case for Muslim Americans.
We are dedicated to equipping legislators and law enforcement with a stronger sense of the double standards in our justice system’s treatment of White Supremacists versus Muslim Americans and Black and Brown communities, while suggesting solutions to this problem through the equal application of existing Federal Terrorism Charges.