One year ago, ADL launched Backspace Hate, an initiative supporting victims and targets of online hate and harassment by raising awareness and passing legislation to better hold perpetrators accountable for their harmful actions online. We’re energized by the progress we’ve made but know there is a lot more to do.
An avowed white supremacist in Colorado was arrested after federal investigators uncovered a plot to bomb an historic synagogue. Officials at aTennessee university are investigating after signs saying “It’s okay to be white”appeared around campus. A man in Milwaukee is facing felony hate-crime charges for allegedly throwing acid on a Latino man.
After an outcry from ADL, the Women’s March voted to remove a board member with a long history of deeply offensive and anti-Semitic statements. ADL sent two senior leaders to Capitol Hill this week to testify in front of Congress about the global threat of white supremacy and the proliferation of hate online. Police in Colorado investigate a Snapchat image picturing high school students with violent, anti-Semitic caption.
President Trump directs “blatantly racist” tweets at four Democratic Congresswomen of color, telling them to “go back” to where they came from. Argentina marks the solemn 25th anniversary of the bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 and wounded 300. White supremacists in Massachusetts have launched a coordinated fliering campaign, targeting area synagogues with propaganda labeling the Holocaust “fake news.”
White supremacists increased college campus recruiting efforts with more propaganda for the third straight year. ADL is part of an initiative to redirect people seeking extremist content on the internet to material that exposes the falsehoods of these hateful movements. In a victory for immigration advocates, the Supreme Court ruled the Trump Administration cannot, for now, include the citizenship question on the 2020 census.