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Don Lemon, a journalist and CNN host, recently stated

the biggest terror threat in this country is white men.

and did not retract his statement "following the backlash", but rather, re-emphasized his position

“So,” he said, “we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them. There is no travel ban on them. There is no ban — you know, they had the Muslim ban. There is no white-guy ban. So what do we do about that?”

On Wednesday, following the backlash, Lemon doubled down.

“Earlier this week, I made some comments about that in a conversation with Chris,” he said during a broadcast Wednesday night. “I said that the biggest terror threat in this country comes from radicals on the far right, primarily white men. That angered some people. But let’s put emotion aside and look at the cold hard facts. The evidence is overwhelming."

Source: CNN’s Don Lemon doubles down after saying white men are ‘the biggest terror threat in this country’ by Lindsey Bever November 1, 2018.

Is there evidence that supports or refutes "the biggest terror threat in this country is white men."?

marked as duplicate by Laurel, rjzii, user5341, Andrew Grimm, fredsbend Jan 4 at 2:55

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    I removed the strict definitions from the question. That the OP considers this to be the relevant definition of terrorism is not important. What is important is what Don Lemon meant when he said it. – Oddthinking Jan 4 at 0:56
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    I've nuked about 30 comments of people arguing about definitions and general political ideology. This is a kind reminder that Skeptics is not the place where to discuss this stuff. – Sklivvz Jan 4 at 8:26
  • Avoid accusations of racism, thanks. I've nuked a few comments like that. – Sklivvz Jan 4 at 21:34
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The official US definition of "white" is:

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa

The September 11th 2001 attacks were by far the biggest terror event in the US.

All 19 of the direct hijackers were white (15 Saudis, 2 from UAE, 1 Lebanese, 1 Egyptian). Osama bin Laden was Saudi also. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, being from Pakistan would be considered Asian according to US definitions.

After the September 11th attacks in severity, is the Oklahoma City Bombing, which was also by two white people.

The 2017 Las Vegas shootings were by Stephen Paddock who was white.

For the Orlando nightclub shootings, Omar Mir was a descendent of Afghans, and therefore white.

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    Pretty sure this is not the definition of "white men" intended in the claim. – fredsbend Jan 4 at 2:55
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    @DavePhD the United States will not consider that the 911 attackers as white men, this is where your answer sways away form the normal words we use and confuses this matter. – daniel Jan 4 at 2:58
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    @daniel I total disagree. All the US government agencies would be required to consider all the 19 hijackers as "white". – DavePhD Jan 4 at 3:03
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    @Dave Yes, obviously, but here you are answering with this broad definition that virtually no modern american accepts. I voted to close as "duplicate". If not that, it would have been "unclear" because the claim is an aggressive and divisive polemic. – fredsbend Jan 4 at 3:05
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    This answer would be great if it simply left the decision "what do you consider 'white'?" to the reader and highlighted the possible contention - that some definitions of 'white' would make the claim true, and others would make it false. As it is, it takes the dubious position that "White men perpetrated 9/11." Most people on hearing that claim wouldn't think, "Oh, they're using a definition of white that includes saudis", and instead think, "They're a 9/11 conspiracy theorist." – Kevin Jan 4 at 21:26

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