White nationalists and other right-wing groups will gather along the lawns and brick paths of Lafayette Square in the shadow of the White House on Sunday for a controversial ” white civil rights rally .”
The event is being organized by Jason Kessler, the same man who organized last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.
The permit application for the Washington rally said 400 people were expected, and described the event as a protest against ” civil rights abuse in Charlottesville. ”
Other white supremacist groups include the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis.
Most white supremacists aren’t affiliated with an organized group, Segal said.
But groups such as the alt-right, overwhelmingly made up of millennial men, prefer khakis and collared shirts.
White supremacists and their ilk see diversity as a threat, Segal said.
George Hawley, a political scientist at the University of Alabama, said a sense of white victimhood is key to the movement.
These were ideas that I read about 10, 15 years ago on white supremacist message boards.
“All political power would be in the hands of white people, in particular white men because this movement is an extremely male and, many would say, toxically masculine movement.
“Real political leadership is so far from reality you aren’t going to find much in the way of alt-right policy papers with detailed instructions for different government agencies,” Hawley said.
Few white supremacists belong to organized groups.
But the ADL’s Segal said the alt-right appears to be growing, with more adherents moving from a largely online presence to engaging in events such as “Unite the Right” rallies.
ADL research found that people with ties to the far right were responsible for 74% of homicides by extremists in the United States between 2007 to 2016, according to Segal.
Johnson placed the number of white supremacists connected to groups such as the KKK, neo-Nazis, Aryan prison gangs and skinheads “probably in the hundreds of thousands in the United States.”
Many “Unite the Right” rally participants have latched onto President Donald Trump’s controversial comments about Muslims and Mexicans, according to Beirich.
Trump has sought to distance himself from white supremacist groups.
Critics said the President should have been more direct and forceful in condemning white supremacy and not equating the violence of counterprotesters with that of hate groups.
Before the violence in Charlottesville, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke called the “Unite the Right” event a fulfillment of the promises of Trump.
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