Bruce C. Abbott
HLSS523: Domestic Terrorism and Extremist Groups
Instructor: Holly Shenefelt
January 27, 2013
In the United States, there is approximately 25,000 hard-core Americans believing in the ideology behind white supremacy, which when considering this number, is a small fraction of the white population. These white supremacist activists are organized into approximately 300 different organizations to further their belief in white supremacy. In breaking these groups down, no two groups are the same, and range from religious sects, tax protesters, militant style, and the extreme violent groups such as the Neo-Nazi skinheads. Today’s society produces approximately 150,000 to 200,000 believers in white supremacy that subscribe to a variety of racist publications, attend white supremacy rallies and marches, and further donate money for their belief.
To further this white supremacist hardcore belief, approximately one hundred hate line sources are in operation, providing messages of hate-motivated speeches toward the non-white population. Because of the advances made in electronic technology, media based on white supremacy can be found on approximately 150 radio and television shows that air weekly in the United States. These media sources, reach thousands of white supremacist sympathizers daily.
In helping the reader to understand white supremacy, this paper sets out to achieve several objectives in this understanding. The first objective for this paper is to give an understanding or definition of white supremacy. The second objective of this paper will give a history of white supremacy dating back to the Civil war and Europe. The third objective for this paper to accomplish for the readers is to give an ideology or philosophy behind white supremacy, such as that associated with the Ku Klux Klan, Christian Identity, Aryan Brotherhood/Nation, and other white supremacist groups.
The fourth objective will give key white supremacist groups within the United States that pose a threat to homeland security. The fifth objective will identify cases of white supremacy violence from the 1960s to present day. The sixth objective will address white supremacy and the military, further making these individuals prime candidates for this movement.
Understanding white supremacy
The meaning of white supremacy has different meanings to everyone whom hears the word. To some people these words mean a social, economic, or political system based, on beliefs that the white race is superior to the non-white race (Baysinger 2006). To other people the belief is based on racist motivation, in regard to the systematic discrimination on non-white people in the area of human activities, such as economic, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, and sex. Through researching the many definitions, this paper will place emphasis on white supremacy as a belief no matter what the white race is far superior to people of other racial backgrounds (Baysinger 2006).
To further defining white supremacy, the term is most often used to describe a political ideology that preserves and upholds the social, political, historical, and industrial dominance of the white race. White supremacy gains it roots from ethnocentrism, which is considered the judgment of another culture, based exclusively on...