Confronting Domestic Terrorism Means Confronting White Nationalism

(This opinion editorial was first published in Slate on March 15, 2019.)

Shirin Sinnar

As a Muslim American, I was particularly struck by news of Friday’s harrowing attacks at New Zealand mosques. With at least 49 worshippers dead and the attack livestreamed on Facebook, this latest massacre epitomizes the surging white supremacist violence that has targeted racial and religious minorities here and abroad. Here in the United States, the October mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque, and the 2015 massacre targeting black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church all point to the gravity of the threat. Like other Muslim Americans, I not only grieve the loss of so many lives but fear that white nationalist violence will continue to imperil our own communities at home. (Continue reading the article on Slate’s page here.)

Shirin Sinnar is an associate professor of law and a national security expert at Stanford Law School, and the author of a forthcoming law review article on domestic and international terrorism.