Most media take reports from The Anti-Defamation League seriously, and the group’s claims that white nationalist terror is on the rise get major coverage.
- “The far-right was responsible for the majority of America’s extremist killings in 2017,” Quartz, January 18, 2018
- “White nationalism, born in the USA, is now a global terror threat,” The Conversation, March 19, 2019
- “Right-wing terrorists killed three times more people in US than Islamists in past decade with attacks soaring in 2018, report says,” The Independent, January 23, 2019
The ADL promotes censorship, claiming its data are a “wake-up call to everyone about the deadly consequences of hateful rhetoric.”
In fact, these reports are so deceptive it is hard to believe they are not deliberately written to deceive. They make no distinction between what they call “terrorism” and what appear to be “hate crimes.” Far worse, they include any killing by anyone the ADL can plausibly call a “white supremacist” or “right winger” whatever the motive. This means that a Kluxer who kills his wife is a “right-wing terrorist.” Likewise, a number of “right-wing” killers have been black.
The ADL’s reports for the last three years are worthless.
Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO and national director. (Credit Image: © Michael Brochstein/ZUMA Wire)
For 2016, the ADL reported 69 deaths due to extremists, but admitted that 62 of them had nothing to do with white extremism. Pulse Nightclub shooter Omar Mateen accounted for no fewer than 49 deaths, and black nationalists murdered eight police officers: Micah Johnson killed five officers and Gavin Long killed three.
Another “extremist” whom even the ADL did not call a “white nationalist” was Erick David Shute, a “sovereign citizen” who killed three men. Mr. Shute said he didn’t understand what was happening in court and claimed he was in contact with the “entire celestial spiritual realm.”
So what about the seven people supposedly killed by “white supremacists”? Brent Luyster, who killed three people, can be credibly called a supremacist. He had SS lightning bolts tattooed above his right ear, and he shaved his head during jury deliberations to make sure jurors saw it. However, he killed friends and associates because of personal disputes, and even the ADL admitted that the “murder[s] may not have been ideological in nature.”
That leaves four killings. Members of the violent gang Aryan Circle killed a fellow gang member. The ADL concedes that “white supremacists” are likely to “engage in a large amount of gang-related and traditional criminal activity.” That was the case here.
That leaves three.
Russell Courtier, a man with a violent history who joined the European Kindred gang in prison, was convicted of the hit-and-run murder of black teenager Larnell Bruce Jr. The defense claimed the men were in a fight before Mr. Carter ran down the black, and that the fight was not about politics. The motive therefore may not have been racial. Still, in a split decision, the jury convicted Mr. Carter of a hate crime, so this can justifiably be called a “white supremacist murder” for 2016.
There are two more murders the ADL credits to “white supremacists,” but it doesn’t even describe the crimes or the perpetrators. Given its tendentious classification of the other crimes, there is no reason to think these were race-based “hate crimes” or “terrorism” either. That means, of the 69 “extremist” killings the ADL reported for 2016, only one can legitimately be attributed to racial motives.
The 2017 report has a complete list of 34 extremist murders, and the ADL blames “white supremacists” for 18 deaths and the “Alt Lite” for one more. Only one is clearly authentic, and one more is plausible, as follows:
- March 30, 2017 — James Harris Jackson murdered a black man to discourage interracial relationships. This was undoubtedly racial terrorism.
- August 12, 2017 — James Fields killed Heather Heyer at the Unite the Right rally. Many people who followed the trial found fault with both the prosecution and the defense, but Mr. Fields was convicted of a hate crime, so this can be called a “white nationalist” killing.
There was one ambiguous case:
- May 26, 2017 — Jeremy Christian is on trial for killing two men who allegedly interrupted his rant against a Muslim woman. The ADL said most of Mr. Christian’s influences “seem to have been right-wing in nature.” However, it also admits he was a Bernie Sanders supporter and said he is hard to characterize. In court, Mr. Christian trumpeted his support for Bernie Sanders, said he didn’t vote for Donald Trump, and denied being a white supremacist.
The remaining cases—11 out of 14—did not have a racial or ideological motive.
- December 22, 2017 – A teenager in Reston, Virginia, with supposedly far-right beliefs killed his ex-girlfriend’s parents, who had supposedly forced her to break up with him. The ADL called these murders “non-ideological.”
- August 16, 2017 — A member of a white supremacist gang killed his uncle in a murder-for-hire plot. The ADL says this was “apparently personal.”
- July 14, 2017 — Lane Maurice Davis killed his father after an argument. The ADL said Mr. Davis was part of the “Alt Lite,” but called the killing “non-ideological.”
- June 19, 2017 — Prisoner Robert Hunt, whom the ADL said has “white supremacist tattoos,” killed a black inmate. However, witnesses say this was simply a prison murder over stolen property, and that race was not a motive.
- December 14, 2017 – David Atchison of New Mexico killed two students before taking his own life. Though Atchison was reportedly a white supremacist, the ADL calls this case “non-ideological.”
- June 13, 2017 — Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe, two members of a prison gang, killed two corrections officers; the ADL called these killings “non-ideological.”
- May 19, 2017 — Devon Arthurs killed his two roommates. They were allegedly part of the Atomwaffen Division and had mocked Mr. Arthurs for converting to Islam. Incredibly, the ADL called the killings “right-wing extremism” rather than Islamic extremism.
- March 3, 2017 — A member of the Aryan Circle killed a man who was supposedly sleeping with his ex-girlfriend. This was not a political crime.
- February 9, 2017 — Frank Ancona, a member of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was murdered by his wife. The prosecutor says it was a marital dispute, and the ADL admits “ideology or hate” had nothing to do with it.
- January 29, 2017 — Several people reportedly associated with the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas were charged with the murder of Martin Gonzalez. This appears to have been a robbery to collect a debt, not a race killing.
- January 16, 2017 — Wesley Andrew Hampton, a “self-declared white supremacist,” and “another defendant” robbed and murdered a man in a home invasion. The ADL failed to note that the other defendant was black. It was a drug crime.
Of these 19 murders in 14 cases, only two are clearly—or at least judicially found to be—cases of “white supremacist” terrorism.
The 2018 report is just as bad. It warns of the dire “white supremacist” threat and claims that of the 50 people killed by domestic extremists, 49 killings were “right wing.” The single exception was Corey Johnson, who allegedly murdered someone at a sleepover after becoming obsessed with violent jihadist videos and converting to Islam. Still, the ADL says that before his conversion, Mr. Johnson had a “right-wing” affiliation, which encourages readers to think he, too, was another crazy white racist.
Of the 49 “right-wing” deaths, the ADL blames 39 on “white supremacists.” However, only three cases appear to be clearly motivated by race or “hate:”
- October 27, 2018 — Robert Bowers killed 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. He said he wanted to kill Jews, whom he blamed for non-white immigration.
- January 2, 2018 — Samuel Woodward, a supposed member of Atomwaffen Division, murdered Blaze Bernstein for being Jewish and homosexual.
- August 19, 2018 — Jorden Rocco murdered black man Dulane Cameron Jr. outside a bar. Before the stabbing, Mr. Rocco said he was going to bars to play a “game” insulting black people.
Two cases may have been racially motivated.
- July 6, 2018 — Ronald Lee Kidwell killed MeShon Cooper, a black woman. Mr. Kidwell is reportedly a white supremacist with a criminal record. However, Mr. Kidwell claimed the victim attacked him and was going to tell everyone he had HIV.
- March 17, 2018 — John Daniel Carothers killed Robert Miller, a black man, by setting him on fire. They lived in the same nursing home. Mr. Carothers later expressed interest in a Christian Identity movement, leading to speculation that he killed Miller for racial reasons.
The remaining five cases had no racial motive.
- September 19, 2018 — Jeremy Shaw and his wife Lorena, who owned several “white supremacist-themed items” and had a business called “Aryan enterprises,” killed Steven Morphis. The murder was part of a plot to steal his home.
- July 27, 2018 — Richard Starry, who supposedly became a member of a “white supremacist group while in prison,” killed four relatives before killing himself. There was no political or racial motive.
- June 4, 2018 — James Mathis, a member of a “white supremacist” prison gang, killed his infant son.
- May 4, 2018 — Roger Tackett murdered Bruce Ferguson. Mr. Tackett has “white supremacist tattoos,” which was widely reported in the media. However, the victim was a white man, and there was no reported racial or political motive.
- February 14, 2018 – Nicholas Cruz killed 17 people at Marjorie Stoneman Doulas High School in Parkland, Florida. The ADL admits Cruz was not part of the “Republic of Florida white supremacist group,” as initially reported. However, it says he was part of a private Instagram group that shared racist jokes and made “bigoted remarks,” which makes him “sympathetic to white supremacist ideology.” Still, the ADL admits the killings were “non-ideological,” and that Mr. Cruz killed mostly white people. It is dishonest to blame the Parkland killings on “white supremacy.”
Of these 39 deaths the ADL blames on “white supremacy,” only the 11 killings at the Tree of Life Synagogue can be legitimately called “terrorism,” in the sense that they had a clearly political motive. Two more killings had a clearly racial motive, and two possibly had at least a partially racial motive, so no more than 15 of the 39 killings can be plausibly be called “hate crimes.” And eleven people were killed by a single man: Robert Bowers.
What of the 10 remaining killings the ADL blames on the “right wing”? Two were by an “incel,” three were killed by black “Moorish Sovereign Citizens,” and five were random murders by unbalanced white people.
- November 2, 2018 — Scott Paul Beierle of Florida killed himself after murdering two women at a yoga studio. Victims Maura Binkley and Dr. Nancy Van Vessem were both white. Beierle was a misfit who had no success with women and has been called an “incel” or involuntary celibate. The ADL calls “incels” part of the right-wing, and because Beierle allegedly had made “racist” remarks, the ADL called the killings “far right extremism.”
Moorish Sovereign Citizens:
- February 19, 2018 — Tierre Guthrie killed a police officer before dying at the scene. Newspapers called him “sympathetic to the Black Nationalist movement.”
- May 11, 2018 — Malachi Qaadir Dorns killed his brother in a family dispute. He used to call himself a “sovereign,” but the killing was probably caused by mental problems.
- August 11, 2018 — “Moorish sovereign citizen” Demetrius Alexander Brown killed another black man following what appears to be an argument over a vehicle sale.
- April 22, 2018 — Travis Reinking killed four people—all black or Hispanic—at a Waffle House. He reportedly had schizophrenia and thought he was being persecuted by his own family. Even the ADL admits the killing was “non-ideological,” that the killer had a “serious history of mental illness” and that he was reportedly “ruled incompetent to stand trial.” Still, it calls him a “sovereign citizen.”
- June 30, 2018 — Joshua Daniel Miller killed another white man who may have been sleeping with his wife. He was apparently involved with militia and Three Percenter groups, but the killing was out of sexual jealousy.
It is ridiculous to call any of these 10 murders “right-wing.”
Of course, when the media wrote about the 2018 report, they didn’t distinguish between “right-wing” and “white supremacist,” implying that every killing was similar to the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue: a planned, racially or politically motivated killing by a venomous white man.
Typically enough, NJToday.net reported that “Right-wing terrorists killed 50 people in 2018,” adding that “right wing extremism is on the rise, in part fueled by President Donald Trump.” Business Insider said that “all of the extremist killings in the US in 2018 had links to right-wing extremism, according to new report.” Haaretz’s headline: “Right-wing Extremists Murdered 50 Americans in 2018, Report Finds — and One-third of Them Were Jews.”
That was no doubt the impression the ADL wanted to give. People who read these article would surely be astonished to learn that among the 50 victims were white women, family members, and the 17 people killed at Marjorie Stoneman High School. They would be equally astonished to learn that three of these “right-wing” killers were black.
The ADL’s methods are absurd. It might as well have reported every killing by every black or Hispanic gang member who ever said anything insulting on social media about white people.
The reports are fraudulent. The 2016 version does not even describe all the murders it claims were “right wing”; we are supposed to take their word for it. For 2017 and 2018, however, the ADL at least listed every killing. A cursory reading is all it takes to see that the reports are bunk, but the ADL probably knew it could count on friendly media to help perpetuate the fraud. This is nothing more than collusion for the purpose of justifying even more censorship of racial dissidents.
Gregory Hood [Email him] is a staff writer for American Renaissance. Jared Taylor [Email him] is editor of American Renaissance and the author of Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America. (For Peter Brimelow’s review, click here.)