On Tuesday, President Joe Biden declared that terroism from white supremacy is “the most lethal threat” facing the United States. 

During a speech in Tulsa marking the 100th anniversary of the 1921 race massacre in the Greenwood neighborhood, president Biden spoke about the growing threat of white supremacy. 

“I come here to help fill the silence. Because in silence, wounds deepen,” Biden said in a memorable speech on the dark legacy of violent racism and white supremacy in America. “As painful as it is, only in remembrance do wounds heal,” he said. “We simply can’t bury pain and trauma forever.”

“According to the intelligence community, terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today,” Biden said. “Not ISIS. Not Al Qaeda. White supremacists.”

Biden was most likely referring to a statement from the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, who told members of Congress that white supremacy was “the most persistent and lethal threat” to the United States in September 2020. 

White supremacists and other like-minded extremists conducted 67% of terrorist plots and attacks in the United States in 2020, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. It also noted anarchist, anti-fascist, and other like-minded attacks and plots comprised 20% of U.S. terrorist incidents in 2020, an increase from 8% in 2019.

In October 2020, DHS released a report showing that white supremacist extremism accounted for more fatal attacks than any other domestic violent extremist group since 2018.

President Biden visited Tulsa to show support of the massacre of the black community and to reveal the long history of white supremacists in the country.  

“What happened in Greenwood was an act of hate and domestic terrorism, with a through-line that exists today,” he said. “Just close your eyes and remember what you saw in Charlottesville four years ago on television.”