James Fields drives a car into a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, VA, killing Heather Heyer, and injuring 19 others. Prior to the incident, Fields was pictured wearing symbols and the uniform associated with Vanguard America. The organization has since denied any ties to Fields.
August 12, 2017
Dylann Roof, white supremacist who killed nine African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, is sentenced to death.
January 10, 2017
Two police officers are injured during a political protest in Oakland, California. Protesters also broke windows and started small fires in the downtown area. In Los Angles, California, protesters spray paint profanity on the Los Angles Times building and vehicles used by the news outlet. At least 29 people are arrested after a peaceful protest turned into a riot, resulting in property damage, vandalism and attacks on bystanders.
National Socialist Movement
The National Socialist Movement, the largest operating white separatist group, officially stops using the swastika on uniforms, flags, banners and patches in an effort to bring their movement more into the mainstream of American politics.
Nicolas Mahaffey drives a truck into a group of Native American protesters in Reno, Nevada, injuring five people.
Micah Johnson Shootings
Micah Johnson opens fire on a peaceful protest against police shootings of African-American men in Minnesota and Louisiana. Johnson shot and killed five law enforcement officials before being shot and killed in a stand-off with police. Johnson stated his goal was to kill as many white police officers as possible.
July 7, 2016
Orlando Nightclub Shooting
Omar Mateen kills 49 people and injures 53 more in a mass shooting at the Orlando, Florida nightclub, Pulse. This is the deadliest mass shooting in US history.
June 12, 2016
United Nationalist Front
The National Socialist Movement brings together leadership from ten different white nationalist organizations to form the united Nationalist Front. Over 18 white nationalist organizations have joined the united movement, including the Phineas Brotherhood and United Society of Aryan Skinheads.
Charleston Church Shooting
Dylann Roof shoots and kills nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof confesses he hoped to start a race war.
June 17, 2015
Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Shooting
Robert Lewis Dear kills two civilians and police officer during a standoff at a Colorado abortion clinic.
November 27, 2015
Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting
Wade Michael Page, a white supremacist, kills six people and wounds four more in at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
August 5, 2012
Assassination of George Tiller
Scott Roeder shoots and kills Dr. George Tiller.
May 31, 2009
FBI Describes JDL (Jewish Defense League) as a Violent Extremist Jewish Organization
John Pistole of the FBI describes the Jewish Defense League as a “proscribed terrorist group” in Congressional testimony.
April 14, 2004
Earth Liberation Front Torches SUVs
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) sets fire to a car dealership in West Covina, California, causing approximately $2 million worth of damage to vehicles.
August 22, 2003
Earth Liberation Front Torches Burns Ski Resort
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) burns a ski resort in Vail, Colorado, causing $12 million in damage.
October 19, 1998
Assassination of Barnett Slepian
James Kopp shoots and kills abortion provider, Dr. Barnett Slepian.
October 23, 1998
Earth Liberation Front Burns Down Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse Corrals
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) burns down a Bureau of Land Management horse corral in Oregon.
November 29, 1997
Centennial Olympic Park Bombing
Eric Robert Rudolph bombs the Olympic Games in Atlanta in protest of abortion. One person is killed and 111 are wounded. Rudolph also bombs several abortion clinics in 1997 and 1998, killing a security guard and critically injuring a nurse.
July 27, 1996
Oklahoma City Bombing
Anti-government, militia sympathizer Timothy McVeigh bombs the Alfred R. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing 168 people.
April 19, 1995
Assassination of John Britton
Paul Jennings Hill shoots and kills Dr. John Britton and abortion clinic escort James Barrett. Barrett’s wife, June, is wounded. John Salvi shoots and kills two clinic receptionists, Shannon Lowney and LeeAnn Nichols.
July 29, 1994
Assassination of David Gunn
Michael F. Griffin shoots and kills Dr. David Gunn. stating anti-abortion beliefs as his motive.
March 10, 1993
Assassination of Alan Berg
The Order, a white nationalist revolutionary group, is responsible for the murder of radio talk show host Alan Berg.
June 18, 1984
The Lynching of Michael Donald
Michael Donald is lynched by two KKK members in Alabama.
March 21, 1981
Jewish Defense League Attacks
The Jewish Defense League is responsible for 15 attempted terrorist attacks in the U.S.
1980 – 1985
Holocaust Denial Organization Founded
The Institute for Historical Review, a Holocaust denial organization, is founded.
Christian Identity Group Formed
The Covenant, The Sword, and The Arm of the Lord is formed in Elijah, Missouri.
Black Liberation Army Group Formed
The Black Liberation Army, a splinter group of the Black Panthers, forms. The group was suspected in over 60 incidents of violence between 1970 and 1980.
Jewish Defense League Group Formed
Rabbi Meir Kahane forms the Jewish Defense League in New York City.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated
Civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is assassinated by James Earl Ray.
April 4, 1968
KKK Violence Against Civil Rights Activists
The KKK firebombs twenty predominantly black churches, then murder civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.
16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
Members of the KKK bomb the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Four young girls are killed.
September 15, 1963
Medger Evers Assassinated
Civil rights activist, Medger Evers, is assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the White Citizen’s Council.
June 12, 1963
American Nazi Party Founded
The American Nazi Party is founded in the United States by George Lincoln Rockwell.
Harry & Harriet Moore Assassinated
Members of the Ku Klux Klan firebomb the home of NAACP executive Harry Tyson Moore and his wife, Harriet. Both are killed in the blast.
December 25, 1951
KKK Gains Popularity Around the Country
The Klan becomes a more public organization. More local chapters of the KKK begin to form around the country.
Assassination of Leo Frank
A Georgia lynch mob murders Jewish factory superintendent, Leo Frank, then burns a cross on a nearby hilltop. This group dubs themselves the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
August 17, 1915
Congress passes the Klan Act
Congress passes the Klan Act, allowing the government to arrest numerous Klan members. Over the next several years, the Klan disappears and is replaced by other white supremacist groups.
April 20, 1871
First Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan
Former Confederate general, Nathan Bedford Forest becomes the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Ku Klux Klan Founded
The Ku Klux Klan is founded.