Contrary to what Fox News or hate-activists like Pamela Geller tell you, you are more likely to get killed in a car accident than by a Muslim extremist.
The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald – the journalist who first published reports based on documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden – posted the tweet in the wake of a report by New America, a Washington D.C.-based think tank. Researchers found that Americans are twice as likely to be killed by homegrown radicals than by Islamic terrorists.
In a study of lethal terrorist incidents in the United States since 9/11 – roughly over a period of 14 years – it was found that a total of 26 Americans have been killed by “deadly jihadist attacks” while almost double that number – 48 U.S. citizens – have been killed by “deadly right-wing attacks.”
In fact, law enforcement agencies around the country say that the threat from Muslim extremists is not as great as the threat from right-wing extremists.
According to Charles Kurzman, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who is co-authoring a study that asks police to rank the top three terrorist threats in their jurisdiction:
"Muslim extremism was taken seriously in many of these jurisdictions that we surveyed… but overall, they did not see as much of an issue with Muslim extremism as with right-wing extremism in their locations.”
Following the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, allegedly by white supremacist Dylann Roof, the hesitation of mainstream media to call Roof a terrorist has spurred intense and wide-ranging debate over what constitutes terrorism.
The research as well as Greenwald’s tweet serves as a great reminder for news organizations like Fox News and CNN, which are notorious for exaggerating the terrorist threat from the Muslims world while they shamelessly humanize white mass murders such as James Holmes, accused of killing more than 10 people in July 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, or Adam Lanza, who murdered 20 children and seven adults and killed himself in Connecticut in December that year.