August 5th marks ten years since a man with ties to white supremacist organizations killed six people in an Oak Creek Sikh temple, and August 3rd marks three years since 23 people were killed in an El Paso Walmart. The El Paso gunman claimed the mass murder was a "response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas." Many other instances of mass violence in recent years have been driven by racial or ethnic hatred and intolerance, including deadly attacks in Charleston in 2015, Pittsburgh in 2018, Atlanta in 2021, and Buffalo in 2022.
While these instances may appear to be distinct attacks, the current moment is part of a long history of nativism in the United States. One historian notes that "the historical record reveals an interwoven tapestry of people on the militant right who have united in common cause to target communities and to undermine American democracy, and who ultimately hope to provoke race war." An Associated Press-NORC poll in December 2021 found that nearly one in three respondents agreed that "there is a group of people in this country who are trying to replace native-born Americans with immigrants who agree with their political views." Join GCIR and the RISE Together Fund for a discussion on the rise of white nationalism, research and strategies on responding to hate, and how funders can support BIPOC communities that are working to build solidarity across movements.