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Is Stone Mountain Memorial a Gigantic Tribute to White Supremacy?

From its north side, Stone Mountain is a formidable sight. Staggeringly steep, nearly five times as high as Niagara Falls, it rises from Georgia’s wooded landscape like a rogue wave.

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White Nationalists Are Pushing for a 'Blue-Eyed' English

White nationalists have gone looking for a mothertung. No, that isn’t a misspelling; rather, it's how the word would look for white nationalists obsessed with seeing Anglish in widespread use.

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The Strange Connection Between Bitcoin and the Alt-Right

According to white nationalist Richard Spencer, Bitcoin is the “currency of the alt-right.”

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How the Tech Industry Supports Hate

In response to the violence at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last August, a number of prominent tech companies rushed to enforce longstanding acceptable use policies and took action against the hate groups that participated in the rally.

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Close Encounters of the Racist Kind: A Guide to the Modern Far-Right

On December 6, 1830, Andrew Jackson used his second State of the Union address to defend the Indian Removal Act, the administration’s sole legislative victory. He described the law promulgating the expulsion and resettlement of southeastern Native American tribes as the “happy consummation” of U.S. Indian policy. To his critics who “wept over the fate of the aborigines” — and who, it turned out, accurately predicted the horrors of the forced migrations known collectively to history as the Trail of Tears — Jackson offered an archeology lesson. Any “melancholy reflections” were ahistorical, he said, because the Indians were neither innocent victims nor first peoples, but perpetrators of what Jackson’s modern admirers might call “white genocide.”

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Civil Rights Group Reaches Agreement With Mississippi to Reinstate Over 100,000 Driver's Licenses Suspended for Non-Payment of Fines

Mississippi will reinstate more than 100,000 driver’s licenses that were suspended for non-payment of traffic tickets and will no longer suspend licenses for failure to pay fines, under an agreement that was announced today between the SPLC, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) and another organization.

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Leading Right-Wing Think Tank Caught Circulating White Nationalist Propaganda Over 2,000 Times

The surprising Electoral College victory of President Donald Trump has been like winning the lottery for nativist extremists and other fringe groups. For Krikorian, he’s been making the most of it by arguing in the mainstream press that his group, long attacked from across the political spectrum for its connections to eugenics-friendly white nationalists and shoddy research, doesn’t deserve to be labeled a hate group. 

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Trump Appoints Hate Group Figures to Voter Fraud Commission

In an executive order signed in private, President Trump named Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who moonlights as an attorney for the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), to serve as vice-chair of a commission to review claims of voter fraud, which will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. 

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Searching Sharia: Anti-Muslim Propaganda Ranks High in Google Search

In 2011, the New York Times profiled David Yerushalmi, an anti-Muslim extremist and the go-to lawyer for the movement at large. 

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This Family Was Targeted by Trump's Dragnet

Last night, President Donald Trump once again insisted that the immigrants he is targeting for deportation are criminals.

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How Breitbart Under Bannon Fueled Anti-Semitism

As President Trump is pressured to substantively respond to the rise in anti-Semitic incidents since his election, a new analysis reveals that Breitbart News under Trump's chief strategist Stephen Bannon fostered a comment section — a sample of Breitbart’s readership — that increasingly reflected language specific to the white nationalist “alt-right” movement, including anti-Semitic sentiment. 

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The Year in Hate and Extremism

After half a century of being increasingly relegated to the margins of society, the radical right entered the political mainstream last year in a way that had seemed virtually unimaginable since George Wallace ran for president in 1968.

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The Trump Effect: Spreading Hate at School, at Church, and Across the Country

The campaign language of the man who would become president sparks hate violence, bullying, before and after the election.

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Woman Hatred, Fueled by Presidential Campaign, on the Rise

Much has been made of the rise in racist and xenophobic rhetoric, anti-Muslim attacks, and anti-Semitic trolling in the wake of Donald Trump’s ascent, and rightly so. But just as Trump’s promises to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, block Muslim immigration, and restore “law and order” have emboldened nativists and racists, so has his history of casual misogyny and alleged sexual assault (“grab them by the pussy”) energized an explicitly sexist element within the noxious “Alt-Right” movement.

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How Alex Jones' Wild Conspiracies Breed Potentially Deadly Plots

On Dec. 4, a 28-year-old North Carolina man bearing a handgun and a military-style rifle stormed a Washington, D.C., pizza joint called Comet Ping-Pong, determined to “self-investigate” rumors that the restaurant was the center of a child sex-slave ring with connections to the Clinton campaign. Edgar M. Welch, of Salisbury, N.C., who fired his weapon inside the restaurant but injured no one, later admitted “the intel on this wasn’t 100%.”

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How Google's Search Results Helped Miseducate and Radicalize a Racist Mass Murderer

How did Dylann Roof go from being someone who was not raised in a racist home to someone so steeped in white supremacist propaganda that he murdered nine African Americans during a Bible study?

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Update: More Than 400 Incidents of Hateful Harassment and Intimidation Since the Election

Between Wednesday, November 9, the day after the presidential election, and the morning of Monday, November 14, the Southern Poverty Law Center collected 437 reports of hateful intimidation and harassment. 

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The Trump Team Takes Shape, and It's Not Pretty

In his 17-month campaign for the presidency, Donald J. Trump was frequently lambasted for his associations with extremists. He met with right-wing radicals, spoke at their events, hired some of them, and even retweeted their propaganda. He seemed to go out of his way to avoid condemning racist activists and their ilk.

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15 of the Most Dangerous Anti-Muslim Extremists

Ever since the Al Qaeda massacre of Sept. 11, 2001, American Muslims have been under attack. They have been vilified as murderers, accused of conspiring to take over the United States and impose Shariah religious law, described as enemies of women, and subjected to hundreds of violent hate crime attacks. A major party presidential nominee has even suggested that America ban Muslim immigrants.

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Nativist Feted by Trump Wildly Exaggerates Immigrant Threat

The woman whose Remembrance Project benefited from a Houston fundraiser addressed by Donald Trump on Saturday is an extremist who wildly exaggerates the number of people killed by undocumented immigrants in America.

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Hate Group Leader Steven Anderson Banned from Entering South Africa

The virulently anti-LGBT pastor of Tempe, Arizona-based Faithful World Baptist Church, along with members of his church and “associates,” have been banned from entering South Africa. Steven Anderson, who has called for the deaths of LGBT people, and who celebrated “50 less pedophiles in the world” after the massacre of 49 people at a predominantly LGBT club in Orlando in June, was planning to go to South Africa on a “soul-winning” trip.

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Even Some of America's Worst Islamophobes Took Issue with Trump's Attacks on the Khan Family

Donald Trump’s latest attack on Muslims—insulting the Gold Star parents of a soldier who was killed in Iraq in 2004—has divided the anti-Muslim movement, which is firmly in the pro-Trump camp.

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Alleged Killer of British MP Was a Longtime Supporter of the Neo-Nazi National Alliance

Jo Cox, a member of the Labour Party in the British Parliament, died Thursday after an attack by a lone man who shot and stabbed her in West Yorkshire following a regular public meeting she held with constituents.

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This Pond in Montana Could Be the Site of the Next Major Militia Showdown with the Federal Govt

Joseph David Robertson, a 77-year-old retired construction company owner who has battled the federal government for more than a decade, was convicted in April on two counts of unauthorized discharge of pollutants into U.S. waters and a third count of injury or depredation of federal property.

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Both Trump and Cruz Have Surrounded Themselves With Islamophobic Advisers

Following the attacks in Brussels on March 22, GOP Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz issued a call for the United States to “immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al-Qaida or ISIS presence.” 

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Candidates Denounce Trump, But Many Plan to Attend Anti-Muslim Event Next Week

Following Donald Trump’s statement Dec. 7 calling for a ban on all Muslim immigration to the U.S., many of his fellow presidential candidates lined up to denounce the idea. 

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10 Conspiracy Theories from the Right-Wing Fringe That Have Invaded American Political Life

“There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.” FRANCIS BACON, Of Suspicion, 1625

America, as the historian Richard Hofstadter famously noted in 1964, is a place peculiarly given to “the paranoid style” of politics — the idea that history is no accident, but rather the outcome of a series of conspiracies. The surface of events is never what it appears, but instead hides deep, dark and destructive forces.

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Meet Jeff Rense -- The Velvet Voice of Conspiracy Theory Radio

He's the "velvet voice" playing in your head deep into the night.

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Inside the Mind of a Lone Wolf Terrorist

There has been a tremendous amount of research about what causes a terrorist to pick up a weapon or build a bomb and, without discussing his plans or seeking affirmation from compatriots, lash out with violence — what we call lone-wolf terrorism. But while this violence has frequently been assessed based on political and social motivations, few have looked at its psychological underpinnings. That is the specialty of Joe Navarro, a former FBI agent and one of the founders of the agency’s elite Behavioral Analysis Program. The author of many books, including Hunting Terrorists: A Look at the Psychology of Terror and Interviewing Terrorists: The Definitive How-to Guide From an Ex-FBI Special Agent, Navarro has spent a lifetime studying the criminal mind. He has interviewed hundreds of terrorists and offers some profound insights for understanding what drives someone like Frazier Glenn Miller, an aging anti-Semite who in April 2014 allegedly went on a shooting spree at two Kansas Jewish facilities, killing three people, after a lifetime of racist activism. Whether discussing jihadist or radical-right terrorism, Navarro argues that all terrorists find justification for their actions through a fairly standard process that begins with the formation of a grievance against the outside world. Ultimately, they see violence as the only answer for addressing their grievance. No matter the lone wolf’s politics, Navarro says the psychology involved is essentially the same.

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