Last week's assault on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump white nationalists, far-right extremists, QAnon adherents, and members of white supremacy groups "reflects a long history" of U.S. political leaders encouraging deadly white supremacist violence against democratic governments, writes Shannon M. Smith, a historian of protests and Reconstruction.
Ravelry, a free social networking service dedicated to knitting, crocheting, and other yarn crafts, recently made a strong public stance against white supremacy in the form of a policy banning content in support of U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration.
Instead of dehumanizing people who engage in extremism inspired by hate and white supremacy, we should try to understand their humanity, and the experiences, pain and vulnerability fueling their inclination to violence.
While many Canadians often associate the continuing rise in white supremacist hate in Canada to US President Donald Trump's divisive rhetoric, the right-wing extremist movement was already "alive and well" in Canada, "with more than 100 active groups and well over 100 reported incidents of right-wing extremist violence in the country between 1980 and 2015."
Anti-semitism, racism and other prejudices are on the rise in most established democracies. Still, silencing white supremacists on the Internet is counterproductive. It would only lead to more senseless acts violence similar to those perpetrated by Anders Breivik and Rhodesia-inspired Dylann Roof.
Jagmeet Singh, a martial artist, Sikh lawyer, and newly-elected leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP), uses love to challenge racism, Islamophobia and white supremacy in Canadian politics and society.