The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019

White Supremacists Are No Longer Just Spreading Their Hate Online

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

The rise of far-right extremism on the shadowy corners of the internet is a legitimate concern for those who value tolerance, peace and progress. Now a new study from the ADL’s Center for Extremism reports that radical white nationalist organizations are not content simply to congregate online; increasingly, they are spewing their hatred in traditional, highly visible public banners.

Over the last 10 months, anti-black, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic banners have surfaced on highway overpasses and college campus rooftops across the country. The ADL counts at least 72 such banners since May 2017, an alarming rate of seven per month. Their messaging is decidedly political in nature, suggesting that the Trump administration’s backward policies, as well as the president’s constant stream of invective, have emboldened the most noxious segment of American society. “Groups associated with the alt right segment of the white supremacist movement are responsible for the bulk of this activism, and accounted for 73 percent of the incidents,” the ADL reveals.

A few groups in particular are to blame. Identity Evropa, a neo-Nazi group whose founder became famous after punching a 95-pound antifa protester in the face, “has used this tactic more than any other group, and is responsible for 28 incidents in 13 different states, or approximately 40 percent of the banner drops.” The group has hung banners reading, “Import the third world, become the third world,” and “You will not replace us,” among others. A banner hung outside Dearborn, Michigan warned drivers: “Danger, Sharia City Ahead.”

Other offenders include Patriot Front, a separate neo-Nazi group responsible for as much as 30 percent of the episodes detailed in the report. Its banners have claimed, “For race and nation” and “Americans are white. The rest must go.”

The ADL has documented signs from Los Angeles to Lakewood, New Jersey reading: “Jews Did 9-11,” “Deport them all,” “The Holocaust is a Lie,” “Feminists Deserve the Rope,” and at the height of NFL players’ protests, “Take a Knee Back in Africa.”

Credit: ADL

Read the full report.

Liz Posner is a managing editor at AlterNet. Her work has appeared on Forbes.com, Bust, Bustle, Refinery29, and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter at @elizpos.

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Mark Esper

Youtube Screenshot

The precise nature of the Chinese balloon that drifted through the high atmosphere above the United States before being shot down by the American military off the coast of South Carolina is still not known, though the military seems confident it was a "surveillance" balloon and seemingly every conservative pundit put in front of a microphone believes it was carrying either some sort of zombie-producing spores or, worse, thousands of green M&M's to be scattered through the American landscape, turning our wildlife "woke."

What we do now know, however, is that these balloon flights seem to be a regular occurrence—and one that nobody has attempted to stoke a public panic over until now. The Department of Defense's own news site reports that Chinese balloons appeared over the United States at least three times during the Trump administration. None of those other balloons appear to have been intercepted. There were no Republican politicians posing with guns promising that they'd personally take care of them balloons if they floated over their neck of the woods. None of them appear to have scattered zombie spores, M&M's, or anything else.

Keep reading...Show less

George Santos

Youtube Screenshot

Rep. George Santos (R-NY) has faced a litany of accusations in his short time as a lawmaker. From financial mishandling, professional embellishments, and personal occurrences, Santos has been accused of lies across the board.

Now, a new analysis is breaking down the dynamics of compulsive lying. According to Business Insider, psychological experts have explained how compulsive lying is often a characteristic of a personality disorder.

Keep reading...Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}