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April 26, 2016 1

New ADL Resources for Safe and Respectful Schools

high school students and tabletsFears of extrem­ism, rad­i­cal­iza­tion and mass vio­lence in our schools have unfor­tu­nately become all too com­mon for edu­ca­tors and school admin­is­tra­tors across the United States. At the same time, infor­ma­tion that allows edu­ca­tors to under­stand the threat and leaves them equipped to address it with­out per­pet­u­at­ing biases and stereo­types is scarce. In order to fill this gap, the Anti-Defamation League and START (the National Con­sor­tium for the Study of Ter­ror­ism and Responses to Ter­ror­ism), have cre­ated a back­grounder pro­vid­ing accu­rate, empir­i­cally tested infor­ma­tion on under­stand­ing mass vio­lence and extrem­ism for edu­ca­tors and school administrators.

The new back­grounder is designed to enable edu­ca­tors to be bet­ter equipped to under­stand and appro­pri­ately respond to observ­able warn­ing signs and to imple­ment pro­grams that fos­ter safe school communities.

By com­bin­ing top­ics of mass vio­lence and vio­lent extrem­ism into one doc­u­ment, the back­grounder strives to pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive infor­ma­tion that is rel­e­vant as well as appro­pri­ate for all school dis­tricts. It empha­sizes the cre­ation of a three-pronged strat­egy to decrease risk for both rad­i­cal­iza­tion and mass vio­lence in schools, through:

  1. Aware­ness of observ­able warn­ing signs,
  2. Devel­op­ment of school pro­grams encour­ag­ing respect and inclu­sion, and
  3. Imple­men­ta­tion of cur­ricu­lum resources teach­ing stu­dents to be safe and con­sci­en­tious con­sumers of online material.

The doc­u­ment pro­vides fact-based evi­dence, empha­siz­ing a goal of pre­ven­tion rather than pre­dic­tion in order to ensure a wide safety net. At the same time, by high­light­ing the fact that feel­ings of iso­la­tion and mar­gin­al­iza­tion often play a pre­cip­i­tat­ing role in rad­i­cal­iza­tion and vio­lence, the doc­u­ment makes clear that pro­grams encour­ag­ing inclu­sion and dis­cour­ag­ing bias are at the core of any suc­cess­ful strat­egy for cre­at­ing safe schools.

In con­junc­tion with this back­grounder, ADL has also released a new Cur­rent Events Class­room les­son for high school stu­dents enti­tled Out­smart­ing Pro­pa­ganda: Com­bat­ting the Lure of Extrem­ist Recruit­ment Strate­gies. Pro­duced with addi­tional assis­tance from START, this cur­ricu­lum pro­vides the resources for stu­dents to uti­lize crit­i­cal think­ing when faced with pro­pa­ganda and mes­sag­ing they encounter online, increas­ing their abil­ity to rec­og­nize and resist extrem­ist pro­pa­ganda and recruit­ment strate­gies.  A par­al­lel resource for fam­i­lies, Pro­pa­ganda, Extrem­ism and Recruit­ment Tac­tics, guides adult fam­ily mem­bers in hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions with their chil­dren about ter­ror­ist exploita­tion of the Inter­net and online pro­pa­ganda – again, a cru­cial first step in ensur­ing that young peo­ple are less sus­cep­ti­ble to dan­ger­ous pro­pa­ganda and recruit­ment techniques.

As young peo­ple, par­ents and teach­ers are dis­cussing vio­lence, extrem­ism and ter­ror­ism, it is impor­tant that they don’t fall prey to stereo­typ­ing and scape­goat­ing that can some­times accom­pany these con­ver­sa­tions. In ADL’s anti-bias work, we pro­vide stu­dents with skills to under­stand the lan­guage of bias, be crit­i­cal thinkers, counter bias, big­otry and stereo­typ­ing and learn how to be an ally.

ADL has cre­ated a new web­page called Find­ing the Bal­ance: Coun­ter­ing Extrem­ism and Com­bat­ing Stereo­types that is designed to serve as a com­pre­hen­sive resource by pair­ing these new items with its exten­sive array of mate­ri­als for par­ents and teach­ers on teach­ing and dis­cussing ter­ror­ism, hate and vio­lence, big­otry, and scape­goat­ing, as well as resources for cre­at­ing inclu­sive, bias-free class­rooms. The new site also includes back­ground infor­ma­tion on extrem­ism and ter­ror­ism in the U.S. pro­duced by the ADL’s Cen­ter on Extrem­ism.

Together, these mate­ri­als will help to fill a cru­cial gap for both par­ents and edu­ca­tors by pro­vid­ing fact-based resources, cur­ric­ula, and back­grounders that can equip them to develop inclu­sive and safe schools, resis­tant to vio­lence and extrem­ism and respect­ful of all students.

 

 

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April 26, 2016 2

White Supremacists Feud Over the Racist Gender Gap

There is fight­ing and acri­mony between sup­port­ers of the two most vis­i­ble web­sites in the white suprema­cist movement—Stormfront and The Daily Stormer—over the role of white women. Andrew Anglin, the neo-Nazi who runs The Daily Stormer, has infu­ri­ated many white suprema­cist women by post­ing arti­cles on his site that attack white women. When a fan of Anglin’s recently asked on Storm­front why that web­site seemed to be delet­ing posts ref­er­enc­ing Daily Stormer arti­cles, his ques­tion elicited a flood of responses and high­lighted the love/hate rela­tion­ship that some male white suprema­cists have with their female counterparts.Anglin column on feminsim and third worldization

While most of the women who post on Storm­front advo­cate for tra­di­tional roles for women, which is the dom­i­nant white suprema­cist posi­tion, they are nev­er­the­less angry that Anglin actively attacks and belit­tles white women—whereas many other male white suprema­cists put white women on a pedestal as future sav­iors of the white race.

Anglin angers such women because he  not only attacks what he sees as “deviant” white women, but also posts arti­cles depict­ing them in provoca­tive sex­ual poses and hav­ing rela­tions with non-white men.  In an April 2015 arti­cle, Anglin posted a video that showed white women on spring break mak­ing out with non-white men and wrote that the video proved “that your worst enemy is not Jews, White Man, but your own females.”  He added that women “should be thank­ful they don’t lit­er­ally get locked in cages.” In addi­tion, Anglin often refers to women as bitches and sluts and blames them for a vari­ety of issues affect­ing white soci­ety.  From his many posts on the sub­ject, it is clear that Anglin is every bit as misog­y­nis­tic as he is racist and anti-Semitic, express­ing a deep con­tempt for women, even the movement’s pre­cious white women, at every turn.

The response to Anglin from women on Storm­front has been very vocal. In one thread, a woman using the screen name “Mir­ror Eyes” wrote that “all those anti-women types are the same. They share the white nation­al­ist views in the fact that they claim to be tra­di­tion­al­ists (yet have noth­ing but deroga­tory things to say about females…).” Storm­fron­ter “Pinkys­mom” added, “If peo­ple want to post Anglin’s emotional/butthurt/impotent rage against white women, fine. But I will con­tinue to post my views of his posts and I will make SF pol­icy vis­i­ble to all who care to read it.” In fact, Storm­front has rules that bar peo­ple from post­ing deroga­tory com­ments about women.

Some male Storm­front mem­bers have come out in sup­port of Anglin’s misog­yny, even whole­heart­edly prais­ing him.  Male Storm­fron­ter “Pil­tene” wrote, “I love Andrew Anglin. His opin­ions are pretty much right on the women… Fem­i­nism is a a can­cer on the White race.”

Oth­ers, such as “Laid­back­guy,” expressed sup­port of women. He com­mented, “I don’t judge a per­son on gen­der. You are either pro white or anti– white to me.” Another male Storm­fron­ter, “TSFH14,” wrote that “as long as [Anglin] con­tin­ues to write ven­omous attacks against our sis­ters, he is my enemy.” Many peo­ple were also furi­ous that Anglin him­self has self-admittedly had sex with non-white women in the past and accused him of being a trai­tor and a hypocrite.

Anglin has gone beyond merely speak­ing out against women.  Say­ing that the pur­pose of The Daily Stormer is to edu­cate men about the white nation­al­ist move­ment, Anglin has actu­ally banned women from pro­duc­ing con­tent for his site. He also posted a man­i­festo of sorts pre­sent­ing his views about lim­it­ing women’s involve­ment and input into the move­ment. Accord­ing to Anglin, his rea­son for doing so is that women are nat­u­rally amoral and emo­tional and are inca­pable of feel­ing empa­thy because they can switch it on and off, depend­ing on their needs. Anglin argues that women should not be allowed to vote and should be barred from male occu­pa­tions and that women’s role should only be to sup­port men. He also alleges that allow­ing equal­ity between the sexes leads to the fem­i­niza­tion of men.

It is appar­ent that Anglin’s views are influ­enced by the “manop­shere,” a loose asso­ci­a­tion of misog­y­nis­tic men’s rights groups that rail against women and fem­i­nism. Not sur­pris­ingly, Anglin adds an anti-Semitic twist, blam­ing Jews for pro­mot­ing fem­i­nism, declar­ing that it is “a mech­a­nism of Judaism.”

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April 25, 2016 1

White Supremacist Events Coincide With Hitler’s Birth Week

Mark­ing the anniver­sary week of Adolf Hitler’s April 20th birth­day, sev­eral neo-Nazi and Klan groups held col­lab­o­ra­tive events over the week­end of April 23. Four such events were held within approx­i­mately 150 miles of one another in north Alabama and cen­tral Georgia.  adl-blog

  • The United Klans of Amer­ica (UKA) hosted a pri­vate event in Alabama which included a cross burn­ing and sev­eral Klan wed­dings.  The event was open to all mem­bers of the Black and Sil­ver alliance which con­sists of the UKA, the Sadis­tic Souls (an Illinois-based fac­tion of the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations), James Logsdon’s small fac­tion of the Cre­ativ­ity Move­ment, and Mis­souri and Ten­nessee mem­bers of the Right-Wing Resis­tance (a neo-Nazi group that orig­i­nated in New Zealand.)
  • The neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment (NSM) hosted a rally at the Law Enforce­ment Cen­ter in Rome, Geor­gia. Approx­i­mately 100 peo­ple from var­i­ous white suprema­cist groups attended the event, includ­ing the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the Texas Rebel Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.  Other atten­dees included Arthur Jones (a long-time Illi­nois neo-Nazis and Holo­caust denier), Ted Dunn (leader of the SS Action group), and Eric Mead­ows, who has been linked to the neo-Confederate League of the South. The hate­ful rhetoric of rally speak­ers, who inter­mit­tently shouted “white power” and “Sieg Heil,” was largely drowned out by counter pro­test­ers. Two counter pro­test­ers were arrested for dis­or­derly conduct.
  • Approx­i­mately two dozen peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in a white power event at Georgia’s Stone Moun­tain Park. The poorly attended event, orga­nized by white suprema­cist John Michael Estes and Klans­man Greg Cal­houn, was intended to protest leg­is­la­tion that would allow changes to exist­ing Con­fed­er­ate dis­plays and mon­u­ments, as well as a plan by the Stone Moun­tain Memo­r­ial Asso­ci­a­tion to install a mon­u­ment in Mar­tin Luther King’s honor.  The small group held con­fed­er­ate flags and a ban­ner that read “Diver­sity = White Geno­cide.” Sev­eral counter-protesters threw rocks and fire­works at police, and set a bar­ri­cade on fire. At least eight counter-protesters were adewayne-stewartrrested and charged with vio­lat­ing Georgia’s mask law, and one was arrested for allegedly throw­ing smoke bombs at police.
  • On the evening of April 23, ral­liers from both the Rome and Stone Moun­tain events attended a pri­vate after-party near Tem­ple, Geor­gia. The event included white power music and the burn­ing of both a cross and a swastika.

These col­lab­o­ra­tive events demon­strate the will­ing­ness of some Klan groups to prac­tice a Naz­i­fied ver­sion of Klan ide­ol­ogy and to form sym­bi­otic rela­tion­ships with neo-Nazi groups.  With both the neo-Nazi move­ment and Klan move­ment in decline joint events can help mask the small num­bers that indi­vid­ual white suprema­cist groups are able to generate.

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