Hate Group Rise the Result of American Ignorance
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are 47 separate hate groups within New York State.
The overwhelming majority of these groups belong to the far-right, white identitarian and fascist movements within the United States. The presence of hate groups have always existed, but they have been on a steady increase since the 2016 election.
In an age defined by violent austerity and endless war, without a material understanding of the cause of their issues many will turn to conspiratorial thinking and reactionary nationalism.
The main issues the radical right revolves around is anti-”Islamism”, anti-communism, anti-immigration and “race-realism”. These supposed issues only come from a fundamental misunderstanding of American policies and geopolitics.
For example, without an understanding of the United States’ role in funding the budding Afghani Mujahideen and other Islamic terrorist groups (some of which went on to form Al Qaeda and ISIS) against socialist movements in the middle east in projects such as Operation Cyclone, many are left to believe these terrorist movements grew simply because Muslims are inherently violent. This informs not only racist rhetoric against Muslim immigrants, but foreign policy in the middle east, specifically our popular conception of Palestinian liberation groups.
Secondly, without an understanding of U.S. meddling in Central America, one may simply think that migrants fleeing mass violence are “invading our borders” to “destroy American culture”. For example, the 2018 migrant caravan received excessive reporting, however what wasn’t included in these reports was what these migrants were fleeing. Specifically, decades of US backed coups and election meddling in South America, including 56 military interventions, which has installed right-wing dictatorships and destabilized the entire region causing people in these countries to suffer immensely, including a 59% poverty rate in Guatemala and a 64% poverty rate in Honduras.
It is clear that much of the blatant hate in the United States is ultimately created by US foreign policy. Therefore, it is clear the unfortunate but utter impossibility of destroying these groups by using the U.S. state apparatus (ie: government censorship).
This is also clear due to the increasing presence of prominent reactionary figures within the processes of the U.S. government.
This past week saw Turning Point U.S.A. spokesperson Candace Owens testify in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on online hate speech. Owens is most recently known for her recent Holocaust revisionism in an attempt to rehabilitate the term nationalism. Candace claimed that Hitler was not a nationalist because he killed his own people, ignoring that German Jews, gays, disabled people, etc. were not considered to be part of the German state.
This fundamental misunderstanding of basic Nazi ideology in an attempt to rehabilitate nationalism is not only disgusting but serves the purpose of opening up her teenage audience to more violent and hateful views, as the moderate and more acceptable wing of the reactionary right (such as herself, Ben Shapiro and the like) often serves as a starting point for further radicalization. This could be seen in the tongue-in-cheek reference to Owens made in the recent New Zealand shooter manifesto.
Her involvement, as well as others, in U.S. governmental proceedings shows an absolute disregard for the growing threat of fascism by the establishment parties.
Ultimately, there are only two sufficient solutions to the increase in far right hatred across the country. Firstly, educational campaigns so that young people are understanding of other cultures and the cause of these issues. And secondly, the end of imperialism, the forceful division of the world in an attempt to extend spheres of influence primarily through overthrows and finance capital.
Only once we are educated about the larger picture of these issues can we legitimately transcend this specific incarnation of reactionary nationalism.