The shooting at New Zealand’s mosque today, which killed at least 49 people and was carried out by white militants, is the latest in a long list of top-level white terror acts. Despite the growing and persistent threat, Western governments have failed to adequately address the risk of white supremacy.
A short list of recent works of high-profile white terrorism includes the murder of Robert Gregory Bowers of 12 Jewish worshipers in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2018. Alexander Bessonit massacre of six Muslims at the Quebec City Mosque in 2017.
Dylann Roof murdered nine black Christian parishes in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015. Behring Brevik was convicted of killing 77 people in Norway in 2011.
David Green speaks to Jonathan Greenblatt, director of the Anti-Defamation League, which fights intolerance, about the attack on mosques in New Zealand, which killed at least 49 people by Brenton Tarant.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the shooting, saying it was a “terrorist attack”. Ali referred to them as “slaughtered by appointment” because they were caught during the weekly prayer.
Ali concluded the request of political leaders and prominent figures who condemned the shooting and described it as terrorism:
“Do not change your tone now because terrorism seems to come from a white supremacy.” If you talk about being tough in terrorism for years, and the communities they claim to support, show us how strong you are now.