Wajahat Ali, a writer, lawyer, and playwright, is a contributing opinion writer to The New York Times, the author of the play The Domestic Crusaders, and the lead author of the 2011 investigative report for the Center for American Progress Fear Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America.

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Deradicalizing White People

White supremacist groups rallying in Emancipation Park during the Unite the Right Rally, Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12, 2017

“Our government is normalizing white nationalism,” says Christian Picciolini, a former neo-Nazi skinhead now involved in deradicalization. “The rhetoric coming out of the White House is emboldening these people.” I have lost count of how many times I have been asked as a Muslim, “Where are the moderate Muslims?” So allow me to ask: Where are the moderate whites, and what are they doing to combat extremism?