Author Alexander Reid Ross describes the global rise of white nationalism as “an enormous threat to the well-being of multicultural society.” Today, several groups have adopted this ideology that embraces white supremacy and calls for the separation of races. White people with wrong ideas, such as neo-fascists, anti-Semites, Islamophobics, neo-Nazis, the KKK, and opponents of non-white immigration, are plunging the world into chaos.
Racist hate crimes have not been an unusual occurrence over the world for the past decade. In 2019, 50 Muslims who were innocently worshipping in Christchurch, New Zealand, were ruthlessly killed just because they were the “other” to the shooter, a white nationalist. Though New Zealand was known for its safety and tolerance, rated by The Global Peace Index as the second most peaceful country on Earth, they still could not avoid the inevitable trend of white nationalism. White nationalism had reared its ugly head in New Zealand and had shown the reach of this dangerous ideology. The United States too has felt the impact of rising white nationalism. The 2015 shooting spree in a black church in South Carolina by a 21-year-old white supremacist, which took the lives of 9 African Americans, and the 2018 massacre of 11 Jewish people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by a white nationalist, who blamed Jews for trying to “slaughter” his people and for helping to transport Hispanic Refugees to the southern border of the U.S.
Despite U.S. President Donald Trump's recent statement that he does not see white nationalism as an increasing threat around the world, experts have presented proof that white nationalism- and violence inspired by it- is on the rise globally. A study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies found the number of terrorist attacks by far-right perpetrators quadrupled in the U.S between 2016 to 2017, and that far-right attacks in Europe rose 43 percent over the same period. Sadly, as Toronto Sun reporter Sue-Ann Levy concluded, “No major country appears to be immune from these kinds of [attacks].”
It is imperative that governments acknowledge the growing threat of white nationalism and then adopt ways to combat it. As CNN’s Jim Acosta said, “it is a threat that cannot be denied unless you are denying reality.”
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