TheNew Lexicon of Hate
TheNew Lexicon of Hate
Thebook offers a brief description of American extremist groups thatwere typically racist and anti-Semitic. The information provided isbased on their history, geographical location, and identities oftheir pioneers. They consisted of white supremacists, the Ku KluxKlan, neo-Nazi groups, Skinheads, Peckerwoods,militia-patriot-conspiracy organizations, Christian identities, aswell as youth and women (Caiani, Della & Wagemann, 2012). Most ofthe groups got funding from drug deals in addition, the militantswere against the rules and regulations instituted by the UnitedStates administration because they were aimed at neutralizing theirthreats and influence. An analysis of the book offers an insight tosome of their actions and effects prior to their elimination by theFederal government and help from external bodies.
Theorganizations created a feeling of polarization and anger in Americatowards particular agencies and individuals. Their plans involvedattacking courthouses, events, financial institutions, schools,funerals, hospitals, and water treatment plants. They owned firearms,explosive devices, and knives, which they used to terrorizeauthorities and anyone who questioned their motives (Harding &Palasinski, 2016). Besides, there were rabid and racist denunciationsof particular religions and activists. They also threatened politicalfigures and the media for their exposé to the public and the rest ofthe world. The groups further reacted to the demographic transitionsin the United States’ immigration, approval of same-sex marriage byCongress, ascension of Black movements, and Islamist atrocities.
Mostof the groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi’s, andmilitia-patriot-conspiracy emerged after the civil war. Since theirinceptions, they experienced a series of successes and failures.Furthermore, their apocalyptic attributes assisted in the emergenceof many incidents of domestic terror for more than two decades(Zafirovski & Rodeheaver, 2013). The level of suffering caused bythe clans was intense and remorseful. Surprisingly, they managed tomaintain their dual heritage of violence and hate despite the massiveresistance and renunciations.
Notwithstandingthe groups’ rebellion against the U.S. government, they directedtheir violence and anger towards particular races and religions. Forinstance, the Ku Klux Klan despised African-Americans and attackedWhite Americans who stood against them. They maimed and killedgovernment officials and marshals who attempted to apprehend them forbreaking the law. In addition, religion was not spared as theyincluded Jews and Catholics in their list of foes (Zafirovski &Rodeheaver, 2013). They believed that they were supporting the rightsof the majority groups and eliminating possible competition for vasteconomic and social resources.
Americadecided that it was enough to withstand such groups. Thus, lawenforcers and Marshals were deployed to hunt down and kill all themembers of the organizations. In the late 90s and the start of thenew millenium, the U.S. government overpowered the groups (Zafirovski& Rodeheaver, 2013). As a result, they collapsed and fragmented.However, their fall led to the creation of undercover criminal gangsthat hired young unemployed Americans. In retaliation, the Federalgovernment cracked down the groups, which forced them to scatter indifferent states and neighboring countries such as Mexico.
Despitethe tranquility of the United States government, the minority groupsstill suffer emotionally. The victory implied that the number ofimmigrants (for example, Hispanics) in America was on the rise.Nonetheless, a single mention of opposition draws anxiety and fearamong Americans. Many groups have tried to take advantage of theirweaknesses by recruiting members for propaganda purposes but failedmiserably. The disintegration of the organizations meant thatviolence and terrorism was annihilated in the U.S., which paved wayfor peace and harmony between citizens and the government.
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Harding,S., & Palasinski, M. (2016). Globalperspectives on youth gang behavior, violence, and weapons use.Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference: IGI Global.
Zafirovski,M., & Rodeheaver, D. G. (2013). Modernityand terrorism: From anti-modernity to modern globalterror.LeidenBoston:Brill.