US NGOs urge white House to Convene a Summit on Hate and Extremism
The National Urban League, ADL (Anti-Defamation League), League of United Latin American Citizens, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, and National Action Network are calling on President Biden to convene a summit on hate and extremism this week and to develop a plan to combat hate crimes, white supremacy and violent extremism.
Time and again we have witnessed in horror deadly violence fueled by white supremacist and antisemitic conspiracy theories. The murderous attack in Buffalo on Saturday, May 14, resulting in 10 dead, three injured, and countless families and communities changed forever, is the latest in a long line of attacks that can be referred to simply by city names: Oak Creek, Charleston, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Poway, El Paso. We know the problem: hatred and conspiracy theories spread unchecked online, hate crimes and bias incidents increase in frequency and impact, perpetrators of violence are perversely heralded as heroes, self-appointed “saviors” with easy access to weapons target a community that they believe does not belong here. Even as we mourn this most recent tragedy, we know that it is long past time for a whole of society response.