Make Domestic Terrorism a Federal Crime and Ban the KKK from VA
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The Klu Klux Klan (KKK) is responsible for at least 4,000 deaths here in America, which is far more than any foreign-based terror group, including al-Qa’ida and the so-called Islamic State combined. Even this number is incredibly misleading however, and likely only represents the tip of the iceberg. This is because the Klan operates largely as a clandestine terrorist organization that rarely takes credit for their murders. Also, in many parts of the country the group operated with impunity because a lot of the authority figures such as law enforcement officials were members themselves. Consequently, murders and lynchings would often go uninvestigated and unreported. This number also does not take into account the acts of violence and intimidation such as church bombings, beatings, and rapes that occurred regularly.
Congress has already defined “domestic terrorism” but failed to make it a Federal crime. In addition, the Commonwealth of Virginia has not adopted a state definition of domestic terrorism. The NAACP’s Virginia State Conference has formally petitioned Attorney Mark Herring to craft a legal definition of domestic terrorism. These measures at both the federal and state levels could serve as the legal grounds to allow the Commonwealth and other states to restrict domestic terrorist groups’ ability to use public spaces and eventually eliminate them. Please join us in this effort by writing letters to Attorney General Herring and your state and federal representatives demanding these changes. Let’s demand that our government pursue domestic terror groups with the same vigor and tenacity as they do foreign-based groups.
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