New York, NY, August 9, 2018 … In advance of the first anniversary of the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that shook the nation, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today launched the ADL H.E.A.T. (Hate, Extremism, Anti-Semitism, Terrorism) Map ™ — a first-of-a-kind interactive map detailing extremist and anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. The map is a visual reflection of select proprietary datasets developed by ADL experts in its Center on Extremism.
“It’s important for communities and individuals to recognize that extremist incidents aren’t limited to any single specific town or county,” ADL New York / New Jersey Regional Director Evan Bernstein said. “Publicizing this data helps us keep the public informed on these dangerous activities, and we will continue to work closely within our local communities in New York and New Jersey, day in and day out, to respond and combat hate whenever and wherever it arises.”
In 2016, New York had 202 total incidents reported, compared to 378 in 2017. New Jersey saw 159 incidents in 2016 and 152 in 2017. Data for 2018 is still being gathered.
The ADL H.E.A.T. Map ™ is accompanied by a report that evaluates the ways the white supremacist movement — and the “Alt-Right” in particular — has changed in the year since Charlottesville and provides a full overview of the complicated current state of white supremacy. Additionally, white supremacists have increased on-campus and off-campus propaganda efforts in the past year. ADL New York / New Jersey regional office has responded to recent white supremacist incidents by organizing community gatherings and rallies in coordination with local elected officials and coalition partners.
The initial data in the new map consists of more than 4,500 data points representing a range of extremist activities, including:
- Extremist-related murders (2008-2017)
- Terrorist plots and attacks (2002-2017)
- Right-wing: 2002-2017
- Islamist: 2002-2017
- Left-wing: 2008-2017
- Extremist shootouts with police (2008-2017)
- White supremacist propaganda on and off campus (Fall 2016-to date)
- White supremacist rallies (2017-2018)
- Anti-Semitic incidents (2016-2017)
The map allows users to see the types of tactics extremists use, read details on specific incidents, compare activity by type and or state, and access and download raw data.
ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate. More at www.adl.org.