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Record white supremacist propaganda in 2020; Man charged in massage parlor killings; Two arrested in Jan. 6 capitol assault

  • March 19, 2021
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White supremacist propaganda reached an all-time high across the U.S. in 2020, according to a new report from ADL. A white gunman was charged Wednesday with killing eight people at three Atlanta-area massage parlors in an attack that sent terror through the Asian American community, which has increasingly been targeted during the coronavirus pandemic. Federal authorities have arrested and charged two men with assaulting U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick with an unknown chemical spray during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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1) White Supremacist Propaganda Hit an All-Time High in 2020, New Report Says

“The report details incidents in every state excluding Hawaii. It includes 130 incidents of white supremacists putting up banners, 56 in-person white supremacist events and 283 incidents of antisemitic language or propaganda that specifically targeted Jewish institutions, a 68% increase from 2019.” USA Today: FULL STORY

+ ADL Report: White Supremacist Propaganda Spikes in 2020

+ ADL Resource: H.E.A.T. Map

2) Man Charged with Killing 8 People at Georgia Massage Parlors

“The suspect told police that Tuesday’s attack was not racially motivated. He claimed to have a ‘sex addiction,’ and authorities said he apparently lashed out at what he saw as sources of temptation. But those statements spurred outrage and widespread skepticism given the locations and that six of the eight victims were women of Asian descent.” Associated Press: READ MORE

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: While there is still much we don’t know, we do know this: alarm bells have been ringing, hate toward the #AAPI community has been rising -- and it is our civic and moral duty to speak out to #StopAAPIHate…

+ ADL Report: When Women are the Enemy -- The Intersection of Misogyny and White Supremacy

3) Two Arrested in Assault on Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, Who Died After Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

“Khater and Tanios are each charged with nine counts, including assaulting three officers with a deadly weapon — Sicknick, another U.S. Capitol Police officer identified as C. Edwards and a D.C. police officer identified as B. Chapman. They are also charged with civil disorder and obstruction of a congressional proceeding. The charges are punishable by up to 20 years in prison.” The Washington Post: LEARN MORE

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: This is a good first step toward justice and accountability for Officer Sicknick’s tragic death…

+ ADL Resource: Extremists Face Arrests, Uncertain Future Following January 6 Insurrection

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