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Thursday, 07 December 2017 13:10

Some officials fuel the fire of hate, intolerance

Written by  Staff Writer

To the editor,
The bar has been lowered. The politics of hate, fear, intolerance and ignorance are everywhere. Hate groups such as the white nationalists and the neo-Nazis view our president’s remarks as supportive. Many politicians have failed to denounce the ideology that has driven the white nationalists and other hate groups to continue with their irresponsible behavior.

Former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke also has felt empowered and white nationalist Richard Spencer has felt energized and supported by politicians and radio and TV talk show hosts who fail to condemn these hate-filled groups.

An article in the Janesville Gazette indicated the Southern Poverty Law Center has found that hate crimes have risen from 892 in 2015 to 917 in 2016. The center believes hate group growth has risen because public and private officials are expressing inflammatory rhetoric. In other words, there are officials who play into racist instincts.

Examples of hate groups in Wisconsin are the White Boy Society, which aims to protect the heritage of white people, and Pilgrims Covenant Church, which preaches against gays, lesbians and transgender people. The White Devil Social Club is a neo-Nazi group that focuses on hating Jews and they admire Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. The above-mentioned groups see diversity in the U.S. as a threat to their race.

The number of hate groups started to rise in 2000, the year when the census indicated Caucasians will become a minority by 2040. The activities of hate groups include harassment, verbal and physical threats and vandalism such as swastikas spray-painted on synagogues.

Leon K. Freeburg
Janesville

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