Rise of hate?

Rise of hate?

The deadly violence on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, comes at a time of a dramatic rise in prominence of far-right movements in the US.

The election of Donald Trump to the White House has been cited as a factor in the re-energisation of activists and groups in America that reject both left-wing ideology and mainstream conservatism.

Social media is also said to be playing a large part in promoting these ideologies.

A prominent US civil rights group, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) says that it is currently tracking more than 1,600 extremist groups in the country.

But who are these groups, how popular have they become, and what do they hope to achieve?


Here is a look at the most visible of the white supremacist movements in the US today.

Rise of hate?

Alt-right factions, according to a guide written by Breitbart's Allum Bokhari and Milo Yiannopoulos, include "intellectuals", "natural conservatives" and "the meme team" - mostly young activists with a penchant for internet trolling.

The movement's ideals focus on "white identity" and the preservation of "traditional western civilisation", according to Richard Bertrand Spencer, who coined the term "alternative right" in 2008.

Liberty, free speech and the right to offend are its touchstones. Opponents call it racist, misogynist and anti-Semitic.

Number of members As a predominantly online movement, the alt-right does not officially have membership, therefore exact numbers are hard to come by.

Where are they? The presence of this "amorphous" movement is online and its popularity is said to be increasing nationwide.

Are they growing? A relatively new political movement, the group has gained increased prominence over the past year due to its enthusiastic support for Mr Trump. However estimating its strength is difficult.

Rise of hate?

Members historically wore hooded costumes and carried out lynchings and other violent attacks on those challenging white supremacy in the southern states.

Factions of the group describe it as a "White Patriotic Christian organization that bases its roots back to the Ku Klux Klan of the early 20th century".

Number of members Klan groups are active in most US states and are estimated to have between 5,000 and 8,000 members, according to the SPLC.

Where are they? There are dozens of KKK groups in the US stretching from New Jersey to Los Angeles. Groups include the Confederate White Knights and the Traditionalist American Knights.

Are they growing? In 2016 the Klan said that it was in the midst of a revival with a "surge in membership across the Deep South".

Rise of hate?

Number of members There are several high-profile neo-Nazi organisations in the US, including the American Nazi Party and the National Socialist Movement (NSM). The most visible of these groups is the National Alliance (NA). The most recent membership figures for the NA, for 2012, are estimated to be at least 2,500, while there are said to be about 400 members of the NSM.

Where are they? A number of these groups were formed or originally based in Virginia. They have become more widespread in recent years with members of groups such as the NSM active in 32 states.

Are they growing? The manipulation of the mainstream media is attributed to a rise the far-right neo-Nazi movement, according to the Data and Society Research Institute. Links between US and European neo-Nazis are also said to be growing stronger, according to the SPLC.

Rise of hate?

National Socialist Movement: Founded in 1994, it is one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US, with chapters in more than 30 states.

Council of Conservative Citizens: Founded 1985, sprung from the pro-segregation movement in the southern states.

American Freedom Party: Founded 2009, with origins in California. Has a racist agenda and is against immigration.



Add Comment

all comments

  Other news

more
Rio Ferdinand continues to wear wedding ring in touching tribute to late wife

Rio Ferdinand continues to wear wedding ring in touching tribute to late wife..

18-Aug, 05:41

Rio Ferdinand continues to pay tribute to his late wife Rebecca Ellison...

Stacey Solomon reveals she saved her sons from overturned car - read the details

Stacey Solomon reveals she saved her sons from overturned car - read the details..

18-Aug, 13:00

VIEW GALLERY Stacey opened up about the car accident She continued: "'I...

20-plus health care stats that will blow you away

20-plus health care stats that will blow you away..

18-Aug, 16:50

5,564: There were recently 5,564 registered hospitals in the U.S., per...

NI golfer Joe Rooney scores two holes-in-one

NI golfer Joe Rooney scores two holes-in-one..

18-Aug, 03:30

An Armagh teenager has scored an amazing two holes-in-one in the same...

Lawmakers, armed forces, celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day

Lawmakers, armed forces, celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day..

24-Jun, 02:39

Woof! Lawmakers, branches of the armed forces and federal departments...

The Latest: Xi sightsees, talks trade in Alaska layover

The Latest: Xi sightsees, talks trade in Alaska layover..

08-Apr, 01:25

The Latest on Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Alaska (all times...

World's biggest shipper: cyberattack cost up to $300 million

World's biggest shipper: cyberattack cost up to $300 million..

16-Aug, 05:00

The June cyberattack that paralyzed the computer systems in companies...

Fox's James Murdoch slams Trump's Charlottesville response

Fox's James Murdoch slams Trump's Charlottesville response..

18-Aug, 10:50

The CEO of 21st Century Fox denounced racism and terrorists while...