Unpopular Opinion – Ep. 279 – “Right-Wing Extremist Violence In The United States”


Links to the stories we talk about on this week’s episode of Unpopular Opinion with Adam Tod Brown, Randall Maynard, Matt Lieb, and Jay P. Brown? Yes, we have those!

If that’s not where you’re here for, maybe give the episode a listen on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Google, Stitcher, Megaphone or any other podcast place and then read along with the stories below!


The Jussie Smollett Hate Crime Attack

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-news/empire-jussie-smollett-homophobic-racist-attack-786029/>

https://www.tmz.com/2019/01/29/empire-star-jussie-smollett-attacked-hospitalized-homophobic-hate-crime/

Why isn’t it a bigger part of the story that Jussie Smollett’s people told TMZ the attackers yelled “this is MAGA country” during the attack on him? This seems to highlight that the rest of the media is handling this story in a kind of shady way.

Hate Crimes Rose In 2018 In the US and they Were All Right-Wing Related

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/2018-killings-linked-1995-adl-190124143748024.html

https://www.adl.org/media/12480/download

Last year marked the most killings by far-right attackers since 1995, with 42 of 50 murders carried out with firearms, and the murders were overwhelmingly linked to right wing extremists. Every perpetrator had ties to at least one right wing extremist movement, with the only sort-of exception being a white supremacist who claimed to have converted to Islamist extremism right before stabbing a bunch of people at a sleepover. So this isn’t alarming!

And All This While Americans Are Unlearning About Slavery and the Holocaust

http://www.claimscon.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Holocaust-Knowledge-Awareness-Study_Executive-Summary-2018.pdf

https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/tt_hard_history_american_slavery.pdf

The above links are surveys about Americans’ knowledge of slavery by the Southern Poverty Law Center and their knowledge of the holocaust by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The most startling number from the holocaust survey is that 41% of Americans don’t know what Auschwitz was. It also says 58% of Americans think something like the holocaust could happen here. The slavery survey was done with American high schoolers, and only 8% of high school students knew the civil war was fought over slavery.

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