Category: Right-Wing Extremism

Part I: Examining the Threat of Right-Wing Extremism | The United States

The spectre of right-wing extremism is no stranger to most Americans. From Dylann Roof’s massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church to the Oklahoma City bombing, right-wing extremism has a long history of violence. However, the concept of right-wing extremism itself is a rather controversial topic in the US, one that is often overshadowed and downplayed. It was Republicans who decried a 2009 Department of Homeland Security report on right-wing extremism as an unfair characterisation of veterans and the political right. Any discussion on the matter is immediately classified as a political attack against conservatism, derailing any meaningful insight into the potential threat and prevalence of this extremist thought.