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.