It seemed the vestiges of hate around the world were overcome after World War II. However, that is far from reality. A new poll shows nine percent of Americans hold or support the white supremacist movement. Situations of hatred, extremist movements, and intolerance of one another are now increasingly frequent and an ongoing problem.
The subject is once again on everyone’s minds after the clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters on Aug. 12, 2017, in Chartolettesle, Virgina. It was one recent event that returned the world’s focus on neo-Nazism and all types of extremist groups globally.
These are the facts of the encounter:
- A group of protesters composed of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the Ku Klux Klan – headed Chartolettesle to protest against the city’s plan to tear down Confederate monuments, specifically a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. This has been a critical topic over the past several years, as civil rights groups have condemned the monuments and symbols of a Confederacy that fought to maintain slavery and white supremacy in America;
- On Friday, hundreds of far-right demonstrators wielded torches as they marched on to the University of Virgina campus in Chartolettesle. They were met by counter-protesters, triggering a confrontation;
- Next day, on Saturday, they planned to do a bigger rally called “Unite the Right”;
- Virgina Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after the clashed got out of control between the two divergent groups;
- As the counter-protesters moved away from the concentration’s point, a car conducted by an allegedly Nazi-supporter, Alex Fields, ploughed into the crowd. The driver killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who went to the protest to, as relatives said, stand against hate and bigotry;
- Meanwhile, two pilots died after its state police helicopter crashed during the response to the protests;
- As a result of this event, at least three people were killed and dozens of others were injured.
After this occurred a new poll came up directed by The Washington Post and ABC. Nine percent of the U.S population hold or support the neo-Nazi views. This would be equal to 22 million people. The good side of the coin is that 83 percent of the Americans think the white-supremacist views are unacceptable.
However, this kind of scenario is getting more common and usual. Below, a partial list of racial and xenophobic events that occurred the days after the 2016 presidential election:
- The morning after President Donald Trump was elected, Nov. 9, 2016, two students were filmed yelling “white power” in a school in Pennsylvania.
- In the same day, vandals took to the streets in Philadelphia with graffiti containing swastikas, German writing, and other racist references.
- In another incident, a middle school in Michigan witnessed the hatred induced, students were caught on the video yelling “build that wall” during the lunchtime in the cafeteria.
- Again on the 9th, a Minnesota High School also was taken by the vandalism of graffiti that included “[Explicitive] all porch monkeys, whites only, and white America.”
- On Nov. 10, a University of Michigan student was cornered by a man who threatened her to set her on fire with a lighter if she would not take off her hijab.
The Pew Research Center released their new poll on Tuesday on Aug. 29, 2017, showing 58 percent of American people are worried about the problem of racism. This is the largest number since 1995. The increase could be linked to the Trump’s attitudes. These events became more frequent during his candidacy when many extremists, supremacists, and nationalists endorsed his policies.
Rocky J. Suhayda, Chair of the American Nazi Party:
We have a wonderful OPPORTUNITY here folks, that may never come again…Donald Trump’s campaign statements, if nothing else, have SHOWN that ‘our views’ are NOT so ‘unpopular’ as the Political Correctness crowd have told everyone they are!
Andrew Anglin, publisher of the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer:
Trump is willing to say what most Americans think: it’s time to deport these people.
August Kreis III, a former KKK member:
I will always hate the Jew…Please vote for Trump.
Rachel Pendergraft, national organizer for the KKK-affiliated Knights Party:
[The Knights Party members] like the overall momentum of his rallies and his campaign…They like that he’s not willing to back down. He says what he believes and he stands on that.
Matthew Heimbach, leader of the white nationalist Traditionalist Worker Party:
So we just need to strap in, because the future is gonna definitely be interesting, and I believe we could have a switch in our direction even more…Hail, Emperor Trump! And hail, victory!
Kevin MacDonald, editor of the white nationalist website the Occidental Observer:
This may be the last chance for Whites to elect a president who represents their interests.
Jared Taylor, founder of the white nationalist American Renaissance website:
We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture.
In the past, the world was capable of healing the wounds caused by the Nazism and moving forward, but it seems the lesson was not learned. At the end of the day, there are more good people than bad, but this malignant seed is still latent in humankind’s foundation. The racism, violence, and bigotry could, in fact, come from any racial group or a particular individual and infiltrate culture. Without notice, it can rapidly and furiously spread throughout an entire nation and retrograde the world’s values.
Written by Bassil Sockar
Edited by Cathy Milne
Independent: 22 million Americans support neo-Nazis, new poll indicates
The Washington Post: Poll shows clear disapproval of how Trump responded to Charlottesville violence; Worries about American racism just hit a record high under Trump
Business Insider: Former neo-Nazi: Here’s why there’s no real difference between ‘alt-right,’ ‘white nationalism,’ and ‘white supremacy’
Daily News: Nine percent of Americans say neo-Nazi or white supremacist views are acceptable: survey
Slate: An Incomplete List of Racist Incidents Since Donald Trump Was Elected President
Mother Jones: Meet the Horde of Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and Other Extremist Leaders Endorsing Donald Trump
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