Sean Urbanski, the University of Maryland student who allegedly stabbed Collins to death, belongs to a racist Facebook group called Alt-Reich: Nation. It makes sense that the FBI is helping the police investigate this incident as a suspected hate crime. But my 15 years experience of studying violent extremism in Western societies has taught me that dealing effectively with far-right violence requires something more: treating its manifestations as domestic terrorism.
While attacks such as the recent suicide bombing in Manchester
that left 22 people dead and several dozen injured will probably
continue to garner more headlines, this growing domestic menace deserves
more attention than it’s getting.