Title

The Sound of Hate

Document Type

Editorial

Publication Date

8-8-2012

Abstract

"

Popular stereotypes paint neo-Nazis as young, swastika-tattooed skinheads yelling obscenities about blacks, Jews, gays and other so-called enemies of the white race, usually surrounded by counterprotesters and the police. In some ways, we are comforted by such images, because they let us believe it’s easy to identify extremists and intervene when they seem threatening.

But the reality is more complicated. White power adherents are not typically 'out' about their extremist leanings. They straddle the worlds of white power and mainstream society, often publicly playing down or hiding their extremist identities. In the past, this might have been a hindrance. But these days they thrive in what we call hidden spaces of hate, often online, where they gather to support one another and their cause."

Copyright

New York Times