Trump’s counter-extremism task force will no longer target White supremacists

Donald Trump (Photo credit: a katz / Shutterstock.com)
Donald Trump (Photo credit: a katz / Shutterstock.com)

President Donald Trump appears to have a myopic view when it comes to hate crimes. As a result, a key task force that was established to combat hate groups will now only focus on “radical Islam.”

The agency, which was initially called “Countering Violent Extremism,” was initially set up to fight terrorism on all fronts. President Obama used the task force as a way to deter hate crimes and terrorism through community partnerships and educational programs. However, Trump will only use the task force as a way to attack Islamic terrorism. The task force will be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism.”

But with the change of name, the task force will no longer fight against White supremacists and hate groups. The task force has basically become another divisive tactic issued by Trump.

It ignores the violence and hate that is practiced by White supremacists such as Dylan Roof. Roof’s act of terrorism proves that White hate should be treated as a threat to America. Because White hate groups operate as citizens of this country, they have the power to do more damage domestically.

Furthermore, by branding the task force as “Countering Islamic Extremism,” it singles out Islam as the root of terror in America. But Roof and the countless number of unarmed Black men who have been killed by White officers prove that White hate is alive in this nation.

Since Trump was elected President, his Muslim ban has created havoc around the world. Innocent people have lost their lives and been ripped from families due to the overaction by Trump. And all of this is occurring within two weeks of him being in office.

Unfortunately, the Trump administration is purposefully ignoring the truth to push another divisive agenda.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.



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