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Are white male terrorists a bigger threat to Americans than Islamic extremists?

After two Portland men were fatally stabbed (and another critically wounded) by a white supremacist, many say we need to wake up to the danger of white male terror. Americans are seven times more likely to be killed by right-wing extremists than by Muslim terrorists. But ISIS and 9/11 still loom large in the public consciousness, and a recent poll shows 80 percent of likely U.S. voters consider radical Islamic terrorism a serious threat to American security. Who is the real threat?

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Police and members of the media are already describing Jeremy Christian as mentally ill and asking whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the murders. Critics say these kinds of allowances (or excuses) are typically put forth when white Christian men commit violence, but not Muslims nor people of color. Here's a Portland police officer speculating about the crime:

In the midst of his ranting and raving, some people approached him and appeared to try and intervene with his behavior and some of the people that he was yelling at. They were attacked viciously… These were folks just riding the train and unfortunately got caught up in this.
He was talking about a lot of different things, not just specifically anti-Muslim. We don’t know if he’s got mental issues. We don’t know if he’s under the influence of drugs or alcohol or all of the above.
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But many on the right continue to accuse the left of allowing political correctness to get in the way of naming the real threat to American security—radical Islamic terrorism. They say the horrific bombing in Manchester is just one more example of how Islamic extremists are the true threat.

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Teen Vogue called the media out for their reluctance to call white male mass shooters terrorists:

Who gets named a terrorist, and why? America has been reticent to label white male mass shooters as domestic terrorists, and there's a hesitation from politicians, law enforcement agencies, and society as a whole, to investigate what animates the brutal actions of these attackers, who are mostly white and male, and whose actions are often rationalized.
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The 9/11 attacks were carried out by 19 Muslim men from Middle Eastern nations. That catastrophic and unprecedented incident continues to dominate how Americans view the threat of terrorism. 90 percent of Americans view ISIS as a serious threat to U.S. national security. And the National Interest pointed out the United States is a definite target of Islamic extremists. In a nuclear age, we can't afford to ignore that.

"[ISIS is] focused primarily on Western liberal democracies that are more open and therefore more vulnerable than other types of political systems."
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But others point out that white Christian communities are generally not held responsible for the actions of white male terrorists. Should they be?

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Christian has a history of involvement with white supremacist groups, and openly declared his wish to do violence to Jews and Muslims on social media many times. His criminal record includes a host of felonies going back to 2002, when he was convicted of first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping. He also has a conviction for carrying/using a dangerous weapon from 2002.

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Are white male terrorists a bigger threat to Americans than Islamic extremists?
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