Report: Michigan saw a sharp increase in white supremacist incidents in 2018


A neo-Nazi group and anti-fascist protesters clash at Michigan State University. - TOM PERKINS
  • Tom Perkins
  • A neo-Nazi group and anti-fascist protesters clash at Michigan State University.

It isn't your imagination — under President Trump, the United States has seen a surge in violent extremist activity. A new Anti-Defamation League study reveals Michigan is among the states that has seen an increase in right wing, white supremacist incidents.

The Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism report shows that Michigan saw 69 reported incidents statewide in 2017 and 2018, a sharp increase from the 20 incidents between 2002 and 2016.
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It also found an estimated 3,783 extremist and anti-Semitic incidents committed nationally in 2017 and 2018, as well as the highest percentage of right-wing extremist-related killings since 2012. The study also revealed that right-wing extremists killed more people in the U.S. in 2018 than in any year since the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, which killed 168 people.
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The ADL also released an interactive and customizable map that allows users to search for incidents in specific states, cities, and regions, as well as by year, ideology, and incident type. The latter includes extremist murders, terrorist plots/attacks, extremist police shootouts, white supremacist events, white supremacist propaganda, and anti-Semitic incidents.

The map compiles news and media reports, government documents, police and victim reports, as well as extremist-related sources and investigations conducted by the Center on Extremism.

Of Michigan's 69 incidents, 38 were considered white supremacist propaganda, meaning, the distribution of flyers, stickers, banners, and other materials. An estimated 28 anti-Semitic incidents took place ranging from harassment to vandalism. Three white supremacist events took place over last year, including a clash between neo-nazi Richard Spencer, Antifa, and bystanders during a speech at Michigan State University.

The only extremist murder that took place last year was in Camden and committed by a right wing, anti-government shooter, Joshua Daniel Miller, who killed his ex-wife's partner.

By comparison, New York topped the list with 472 incidents, followed by California (470), Texas (270), and Florida, which reported 197.

The full study, including the map, can be found here.

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