A group of civil rights and faith leaders are demanding a meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray in the wake of the New Zealand terror attacks that killed at least 50 people as they prayed in mosques. The killer was a white nationalist who named President Trump as an inspiration in his online racist screed.
The groups want the FBI to address “the threat to public safety” and to their communities “by white nationalist violence.”
Leaders from Muslim Advocates, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Union for Reform Judaism and the Sikh Coalition all signed a letter sent to Wray on Tuesday, urging the FBI to take the threat seriously.
“Attacks against houses of worship in the United States have been far too common in recent years,” the letter says.
The letter cited a spate of attacks by white supremacists on houses of worship in recent years, including the killing of six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., in 2012; the murder of nine African Americans as they worshipped at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., in 2015; and the slaying of 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., last year.
“What we’ve seen unfortunately over the last few years from federal law enforcement is a dismissiveness of this threat or sometimes even a deflection,” says Farhana Khera, the executive director of Muslim Advocates, a civil rights organization and a signer of the letter.
“After the horrific attacks in New Zealand last week, we decided that we as faith and civil rights leaders can no longer just stand by,” she says. “We need to start demanding action from federal law enforcement officials beginning with the director of the FBI. It’s time to prioritize the threat of white nationalism.”
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(Asia Samachar, 11 Dec 2015)