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Must All Terrorists Be Black and Brown? Let’s Discuss White Supremacy and National Security

According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, white supremacists and right-wing extremists have long committed the majority of terrorist events on U.S. soil. From the 2015 shooting rampage at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC to the 2018 massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA to the 2019 attack in El Paso, TX, the victims are overwhelmingly African Americans, Jewish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos and other members of historically marginalized groups. Still, terrorism remains synonymous with, and the national security apparatus appears focused on, Black and brown communities despite the empirical data evidencing the national security threat lies elsewhere. Experts address the social, legal, and political dynamic that contributes to this phenomenon and practical policy responses.


  • David H. Schanzer, Professor of the Practice, Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy; Director, Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy
  • Brette Steele, Senior Director for Preventing Targeted Violence, McCain Institute for International Leadership, Arizona State University; Professor of Practice, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • Dr. Aaron Winter, Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of East London Royal Docks School of Business and Law


  • Engy Abdelkader, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Council Member, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Member, ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice; Fellow, American Bar Foundation


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Presentation: David H. Schanzer

Fact Sheet: A National Policy Blueprint To End White Supremacist Violence | Center for American Progress & McCain Institute for International Leadership, April 21, 2021

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