Hacker News new | past | comments | ask | show | jobs | submit login
okket 6 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite

Does anybody actually take the SPLC seriously anymore? Violent racism having been largely eliminated from the US, they accuse ever more moderate and irrelevant groups with being the reincarnation of the Clan. I don’t want a dozen idiots who like to drink beer and play dress up with hoods and swastikas as my neighbors, but they’re not an existential threat to anybody either. When you treat these minor groups like the reincarnation of Hitler, you don’t have the ability to call out serious threats when they do arrive. When everything is Nazis, nothing is Nazis.

I was just about to say that. SPLC has a history of calling the balls and strikes on matters such as this in a highly uneven fashion. Whether an incident can be called ‘terrorism’ is much too open to interpretation to trust a politically biased organization with such a study. There are too many instances like this one to take them seriously:


Additional read on the topic: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/analysis-deadly-threat-f...

Maybe I'm looking at it from the wrong angle but I'm under the impression that excluding 9/11 from the stats is wrong and paints a drastically different picture of the state of terrorism in the US in general.

I personally would prefer to know how likely I am to die from the hands of a right-wing extremist vs islamic terrorist.

You need to look at the total number of victims of each group to come up with correct number, no?


Here's my strangely unpopular opinion these days: it still counts as racism when it's white people that you're negatively stereotyping.

Applications are open for YC Summer 2019

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact