Islamophobia in United States: Wave of bias fuelled by federal inaction

People arriving for Friday prayers amid heightened security at Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Centre in Falls Church, Virginia, after the New Zealand mosque shootings on March 15.
People arriving for Friday prayers amid heightened security at Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Centre in Falls Church, Virginia, after the New Zealand mosque shootings on March 15.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Soon after the March 15 Christchurch massacre, American white supremacist terror group Atomwaffen Division apparently posted a picture of the terrorist's backpack on social media, showing the "black sun" symbol on it.

Atomwaffen is German for "atomic weapon". The black sun symbol, commonly recognised among white supremacists, was commissioned specifically for the Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 24, 2019, with the headline 'United States: Wave of bias fuelled by federal inaction'. Subscribe