Having just read the reporting on Calitics from the just finished California Republican Party, I found the recently released report on Hate and Extremist Groups in America (and a huge number in California) even more chilling and profound. As chilling as the report is, especially if you are a minority or have left leaning politics, it should be required reading, in my opinion, in every college campus in the country as part of a social science requrirements. Knowing things move too slow for that to happen, I have included a couple of the highights (or lowlights) and information to obtain the full report and information for participation on Wednesday the 17th of March On that date the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) President Richard Cohen and SPLC’s Intelligence Project Director Mark Potok discuss the growing number of hate and militia groups in the United States.
SPLC has identified SIXTY (60) groups in CALIFORNIA. Only TEXAS has more groups identified at SIXTY THREE (60).
Rage on the Right
The Year in Hate and Extremism
By Mark Potok
The radical right caught fire last year, as broad-based populist anger at political, demographic and economic changes in America ignited an explosion of new extremist groups and activism across the nation.
Hate groups stayed at record levels – almost 1,000 – despite the total collapse of the second largest neo-Nazi group in America. Furious anti-immigrant vigilante groups soared by nearly 80%, adding some 136 new groups during 2009. And, most remarkably of all, so-called “Patriot” groups – militias and other organizations that see the federal government as part of a plot to impose “one-world government” on liberty-loving Americans – came roaring back after years out of the limelight.
The anger seething across the American political landscape – over racial changes in the population, soaring public debt and the terrible economy, the bailouts of bankers and other elites, and an array of initiatives by the relatively liberal Obama Administration that are seen as “socialist” or even “fascist” – goes beyond the radical right. The “tea parties” and similar groups that have sprung up in recent months cannot fairly be considered extremist groups, but they are shot through with rich veins of radical ideas, conspiracy theories and racism.
“We are in the midst of one of the most significant right-wing populist rebellions in United States history,” Chip Berlet, a veteran analyst of the American radical right, wrote earlier this year. “We see around us a series of overlapping social and political movements populated by people [who are] angry, resentful, and full of anxiety. They are raging against the machinery of the federal bureaucracy and liberal government programs and policies including health care, reform of immigration and labor laws, abortion, and gay marriage.”
More and links after the break.
Sixty-one percent of Americans believe the country is in decline, according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Just a quarter think the government can be trusted. And the anti-tax tea party movement is viewed in much more positive terms than either the Democratic or Republican parties, the poll found.
The signs of growing radicalization are everywhere. Armed men have come to Obama speeches bearing signs suggesting that the “tree of liberty” needs to be “watered” with “the blood of tyrants.” The Conservative Political Action Conference held this February was co-sponsored by groups like the John Birch Society, which believes President Eisenhower was a Communist agent, and Oath Keepers, a Patriot outfit formed last year that suggests, in thinly veiled language, that the government has secret plans to declare martial law and intern patriotic Americans in concentration camps. Politicians pandering to the antigovernment right in 37 states have introduced “Tenth Amendment Resolutions,” based on the constitutional provision keeping all powers not explicitly given to the federal government with the states. And, at the “A Well Regulated Militia” website, a recent discussion of how to build “clandestine safe houses” to stay clear of the federal government included a conversation about how mass murderers like Timothy McVeigh and Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph were supposedly betrayed at such houses.
A link to the report follows and also provides information for additional information and HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY to address hate and extremism starting in grammar school.
Hate and Extremist Groups in America
Event Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT
SPLC President Richard Cohen and SPLC’s Intelligence Project Director Mark Potok discuss the growing number of hate and militia groups in the United States.
Link to register for the discussion is: http://register.webcastgroup.c…