*In the wake of deadly violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend, the Illinois state senate has passed a resolution on Monday calling for police across the state to describe Nazi groups as terrorist organizations.
“It is vital that we stand in total opposition to the hatred, bigotry and violence displayed by the white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville this past weekend,” state Democratic Senator Don Harmon said. Harmon, who sponsored the bill, also added, “We fought two bloody wars in opposition to their ideologies. We must continue to fight those same twisted ideologies today.”
These fringe organizations and so-called “alt right” white supremacist groups are the “heirs to the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazis,” Harmon said.
The Illinois senate’s resolution, while non-binding, addresses the actions of those engaging in (and supportive of) these types of actions as terrorist groups.