Is mass violence possible in the United States?.
And yet there has been no dearth of such comparisons since the 2016 presidential election.
Many commentators have also drawn parallels between the conduct of Trump supporters and Holocaust-era Nazis.
The comparisons continue today and Trump’s comments in the wake of the Charlottesville attack show why.
His comments give white supremacists and neo-Nazis the implied approval of the president of the United States.
Many of these groups explicitly seek to eliminate from the U.S. African-Americans – Jews – immigrants and other groups and are willing to do so through violence.
As co-directors of Binghamton University’s Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention we emphasize the importance of recognizing and responding to early warning signs of genocide and atrocity crimes.
Usually government officials – scholars and nongovernmental organizations look for these warning signs in other parts of the world — Syria – Sudan or Burma.
Has the time come to watch for these warning signs in the United States?