Word Count: 884In todays society where differences between people are magnified and everyone
is discussing diversity, tensions between different groups are remarkably high. The extreme of
this tension is brought out in hate groups. Hate groups play off of the stereotypes of specific
peoples. They use these generalities in their relentless and often violent persecution of those
different from themselves.
There are many groups that practice in such ways, most of them preaching white
supremacy. The main goal of these groups is the advancement of the white race by the
segregation of other cultures from society. The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is probably the best known
of these groups. They have been around since the Reconstruction era following the Civil War.
The KKK was set up to build an all white society based on Christian beliefs.They claim that
they are not the enemy of non-white, non-Christian people. They believe that all races would
benefit from separation from each other because everyone would work better if they are
surrounded by their own kind. The KKK states Our purpose is to unite, organize, and educate
the white Aryan masses world wide to the dangers that face our race, culture, and Christian
civilization (www.kkkk.net). They also claim that they dont tolerate people of immoral
character in their society such as drug users and dealers, thieves, or child abusers, yet they have a
history of killing blacks and Jews just because they arent white Christians. They also have a 12
point system of political beliefs that gives one a good idea of what the Klan is about: 1) stop
immigration 2) drug tests for people on welfare 3) quarantine everyone with AIDS4) make
the purchase of American lands illegal for non-Americans 5) no free trade with other countries
that hurts American workers 6) death penalty for repeat drug offenders 7) workfare not welfare
8) American troops on the border to stop illegal immigrants 9) no affirmative action 10) all
laws controlling guns should be unconstitutional 11) bring back the Bible into society 12) stop
Also a white supremacist group, Posse Comitatus is very concerned the removal
of Jewish people from American society. They feel that Jews are literally the children of Satan
and are a very militaristic hate group. Over 85% of their members are war veterans. They also
claim that communism is a Jewish idea. Another of these groups is the Aryan Nation. They are
a Neo-Nazi organization with close ties to the KKK and Posse Comitatus. The National Alliance
is also a Neo-Nazi who want an all white society. They even want cultural differences between
groups of whites it be eliminated. They want their society to be free of non white influences also
such as jazz or rock music since they were pioneered by blacks.
Another type of white supremacist is the skinhead. They are characterized by
their shaved heads. One skinhead group is the White Aryan Resistance (WAR) based in
southern California. It is run by Tom Metzger, a former member of the KKK who
unsuccessfully ran for senator in 1980. They want the restoration of the white race, which has
become the minority worldwide (15%). An example of the way they think is this: If Florida
wants to let Caribbean refugees into their state let them; but the second those refugees try to
cross into Georgia, the white citizens will use whatever force they have to keep them out. The
Hammerskins are also a skinhead group. They are a very international group with strong
followings in Britain, Australia, Germany, and Canada. The German Hammerskins consider
themselves living in the fatherland of the white race. The Australians want to uphold the values
of their European forefathers. The Canadians consider themselves warriors of this day in age
like the Vikings of their time. They even uphold their Viking heritage by referring to Canada as
Vinland ( Canada being a Native American name and Vinland recognizing the Vikings).
Hammerskins are another group that is trying to achieve white supremacy because they believe it
is their birth right.
Also falling under the white supremacy category is the World Church of the
Creator. They were established for the survival expansion and advancement of the white
race(www.creator.org). They preach white supremacy and a theology called Creativty. They
feel that since the white race has been responsible for most of the advancements in human
society throughout history, they should be in power.
There are also hate groups other than those about white supremacy. The Jewish
Defense League is an anti Arab organization. They often protest Arab activities in Israel.
Another group is the Nation of Islam. This group is anti-white and anti-Semitic. It is based on
the teachings that whites are devils created in an evil scientists experiment. Militias can also be
considered hate groups. They are very anti-government and often very militaristic. They are
rapidly spreading across the United States especially in the southwest and midwest.
There are many organizations out there that hate people who are different than
themselves. These are just a few of the hate groups out there. Hate is a spreading problem in the
world today without a simple solution. We must make an effort to curb the spread of violence
and hate as we head into the 21st century.