Hate Groups

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Hate Groups

Racism has been around for thousands of years. In today's 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. This paper is to explain the reasons hate groups are formed and the reasoning behind their acts.

All hate groups are based on racism. Racism is a certain kind of prejudice, based on faulty reasoning and inflexible generalizations toward a specific group. Sociologist believe that racial discrimination happens when two groups with different skin colors and unique physical features come into contact with each other and the two compete for the same thing (Reason over Hate). One person who is racist and wants to act upon it is not very powerful.

This is why they seek to find power in groups, which forms these hate groups. Different hate groups have members who join for different reasons. But the basis for all hate groups is mostly the same in that all they want is to be superior by using force.

Right now, there are many active hate groups in the United States such as the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), Neo-Nazi, Skinheads, Christian Identity, Black Separatists, etc. These hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, which is one of America's oldest and more

feared, use violence and move above the law to promote their different causes. Another example is a group called Christian Identity, who describes a religion that is fundamentally racist and anti-Semitic; and other are the Black Separatist groups, who are organizations whose ideologies are of racially based hatred. Because of...