If the Alt-Right is a re-branding of the old hateful ideology we have seen historically in the United States, is it time to take a look at the hidden movements which the Alt-Right is trying to polish for the light of day?
In American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate (2nd edition), Pete Simi and Robert Futrell look at the white power movement. Over 15 years of interviews allow the authors to use real stories to focus on white power families and the different ways the white power movement indoctrinates the next generation of white power warriors.
We discuss the different types of groups, the different gateways people take into the movement, the ties that bind them, the family life, the “safe spaces” that bring them together and form deep bonds between members. We also discuss the important role safe spaces play, and the role they play within the larger cultural context today. Taking away the freedom to express themselves would have catastrophic consequences.
What is the big picture of extremist violence in the United States? What are the things we, as citizens, can and should do to combat hatred and violence?
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“We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity.”
With Hate in Their Hearts
Home is Where the Bunker Is
Why Do Some People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?
The Renaissance of Intellectual Racism
917 Hate Groups are currently operating in the US. The SPLC Hate Map.
Break out of your bubble
A representation of the silos we live in: Wool by Hugh Howey