FBI Director Christopher Wray Says White Nationalists Are a Danger to the U.S. - Carlos GaminoBy Carlos Gamino

FBI Director Christopher Wray, during a House Appropriations Committee meeting in early April, told lawmakers that white nationalism is a tremendous threat to the American public. In fact, he went so far as to say that the “significant” threat that white nationalist extremists pose is a “persistent, pervasive threat.”

Wray said that white nationalist extremists pose serious challenges to law enforcement, too, because they’re “small groups of people” who are capable of enacting horrific violence like what happened in Christchurch, New Zealand last month. White nationalist extremists were also responsible for the 2015 Charleston church massacre, the Oklahoma City bombing, Charlottesville and several other incidents.

But there’s a serious lack of funding to combat this type of domestic terrorism – and in some cases, the existing funding has been revoked.

Civil rights and faith leaders have been pushing the FBI to take white nationalist violence more seriously. Groups involved include the NAACP, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Union for Reform Judaism, the Sikh Coalition and Muslim Advocates.

Wray told the committee, “The danger, I think, of white supremacist violent extremism … is, of course, significant. We assess that it’s a persistent, pervasive threat… In general, domestic terrorism in this country has changed in the sense that it’s less structured, less organized, fewer groups, more uncoordinated, one-off individuals as opposed to some structured hierarchy, and that presents its own share of challenges. There’s a lot of social media exploitation that comes with it.”

What Do You Think?

Do you believe white supremacists and white nationalists are a danger in the U.S.? What about in Milwaukee and the surrounding communities? I’d love to hear your take on this, so please share your thoughts on my Facebook page or on Twitter.

Carlos Gamino