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The NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, released the following statement in response to the House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on domestic terrorism today:

“We welcome this vital and necessary hearing. The hatred and venom that has already harmed our nation needs to be addressed at the highest levels of government. Nothing is more important than the safety of our communities.”

NAACP sent a letter to House of Representative committees asking for hearings on domestic terrorism, citing reports that white nationalist groups have increased by 50% in 2018 and that African Americans are the primary focus. For our communities, the act of domestic terrorism does not exist in a vacuum so now is the time to act.”