Hate groups love Donald Trump. When a person labels undocumented immigrants as rapists and murderers, supremacist organizations take notice. The anti-immigrant narrative is the core of white nationalism. Twelve days after Trump announced he was running for president, the Daily Stormer, America’s popular neo-Nazi news site, endorsed him. So did David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the KKK and one-term Republican Louisiana State Representative.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are currently 784 known hate groups in the United States, including neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists, racist skinheads, black separatists, Patriot militias, and border vigilantes. The number of hate groups has increased 30 percent since 2000. What caused the surge? Anger over an ailing economy, an influx of nonwhite immigrants and a diminishing white majority, and the election of the nation’s first African-American President all played a role.
Hate groups, however, aren’t limited to the U.S. The Nazi Party could be called a hate group, as well as the Taliban and ISIS –there is a fine line between hate groups and political terror groups. Patrick Buchanon’s controversial book, Death of the West, argues that European peoples are dying out and mass immigration and multiculturalism is polarizing Western society. Anti-Islamic sentiment is on the rise in Europe, exacerbated by the murder of 12 people at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, and the current migrant crisis –more than half a million people, many of them Syrian war refugees, have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe in 2015. In recent months the media blamed Sweden Democrats for provoking arson attacks on asylum centers, and in Germany, over 18,000 people marched through the streets of Dresden protesting the Islamization of the West. While it used to be considered racist even to debate migration in Europe, racism is commonplace today.
10 Oeuvre Francaise
9 Reclaim Australia
8 Die Freiheit (The Freedom Party)
There are several extremist movements in Germany, from Pro Deutschland and Pax Europe to Alternative for Germany Party. The Freedom Party, however, which was founded in 2012, is the most recognized. It’s led by Michael Sturzenberger, the former spokesman for the Munich office of the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party to Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union.
7 Aryan Brotherhood
6 Army of God
5 National Socialist Movement
4 Westboro Baptist Church
“Since 1955, WBC has taken forth the precious from the vile, and so is as the mouth of God (Jer. 15:19).”
3 As-Sabiqun (The Vanguard)
2 Jewish Defense League
1 Ku Klux Klan
The Ku Klux Klan originated in the Southern United Sates in the post-Civil War years as a protest to the Civil Rights Movement. With several chapters in the South, the Klan flourished in the Reconstruction Era and sought to overthrow Republican state governments by using violence against African American activists and leaders. The second manifestation of the KKK occurred in the 1920s, and its ideology expanded to oppose Jews, Catholics, homosexuals, and immigrants; this is the Klan era that saw the introduction of hooded robes and mass parades.
Today, several white supremacist and right wing extremist organizations use the KKK name. Most of these groups call for the purification of America and a return to 19th century nativism. It’s estimated that there are between 5,000 and 8,000 Klan members in the United States. A hacking collective known as "Anonymous" recently leaked the identities of more than 350 Klan members.
Sources: newyorker.com, bbc.com, theguardian.com
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