White Supremacists Are Deadliest Extremists in 2017

White supremacists were the deadliest extremist group in 2017. At least 34 people were killed by extremists in the U.S. in 2017, according to a study by the Anti-Defamation League. White supremacists were responsible for 18 of the killings — up from seven in 2016. These fatalities include Heather Heyer in Charlottsville, a teen who allegedly murdered his girlfriend’s parents after they convinced her to break up with him over his supremacist views and a racially motivated stabbing of an NYC homeless man. Extrememists have killed 387 people in the U.S. over the last decade, and 71% of the killings were carried out by right-wing extremists.

71% of the killings were carried out by right-wing extremists, 26% were committed by “Islamic extremists” and three percent were carried out by left-wing extremists.

“When white supremacists and other extremists are emboldened and find new audiences for their hate-filled views, and as a society we need to keep a close watch on recruitment and rallies such as Charlottesville, which have the greatest potential to provoke and inspire violence.” Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, stated. The numbers have shown how dangerous and deadly this group can become when they feel empowered.