In an October interview, extremism expert Brian Levin predicted to GEN that when the Federal Bureau of Investigations released data for 2019, it would turn out to be “the worst year for far-right domestic terrorism that we’ve seen this century.” This week, his prediction proved correct.
According to data released by the agency on Monday, more people in the United States were murdered in hate-motivated killings last year than in any year since the FBI began collecting that data. Hate crimes as a whole also reached their highest level in more than a decade.
My family synagogue was burned to the ground in Duluth, Minnesota, last week. The televised image of a Jewish sanctuary on fire was an ancestral trauma made real. Six sacred scrolls were lost to the flames.
My stages of grief have not been discrete in the days since, but are lived simultaneously: shock, fear, guilt for not visiting, and, after an arrest was made, rage. But mostly and overwhelmingly, I am lost.
The fire was arson. It was not, we are told, a hate crime.
James Amiot, a 36-year-old white man, set ablaze the sukkah, the traditional Jewish structure built…
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