White nationalism is a terrorist threat, but not like radical Islam

In the aftermath of last week's massacre of 50 Muslims at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, it has become common to equate white nationalism with radical Islam. A typical comment came from Senator Elizabeth Warren: "In the same way that ISIS and Al-Qaeda terrorism pose a threat to the US," she said, "so does the rise of white nationalism."

This perspective is understandable. Right-wing extremist violence is a major domestic threat. According to the Anti-Defamation League's database, it has accounted for about 73 per cent of terrorist-related murders in the United States in the last 10 years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2019, with the headline 'White nationalism is a terrorist threat, but not like radical Islam'. Print Edition | Subscribe