There is considerable tension in the United States right now and this may be one reason more hate groups are forming.
The pandemic and its resurgence, the teetering economy, forces that want to “cancel culture” and those that wish to retain it, are all weighing heavily on this country.
Historically, Americans have always had difficult issues to contend with. What makes things different this time is that we have so many issues, all converging on us simultaneously.
This might be why we are seeing several hate groups forming but something else we are witnessing is that many feel so emboldened.
According to a report on NPR, this is because they feel they have a friend in the White House and due to fear caused by the changing demographics in the country. These hate groups fear whites will soon be a “majority minority.”
In past posts on this website, we have discussed the Boogaloo Bois. But they are just one of several hate groups that have formed in the past few years.
Most of these hate groups are made up of white people, and, looking at the broader picture, their hatred is directed to all the changes happening today in the country, including the tensions mentioned earlier.
However, if we get more specific, much of the hatred is explicitly targeted toward African Americans, Hispanics, and other minorities.
So, this might be a good time for us to better understand what this “hate” is all about. First, while hate is typically a personal thing, what we are discussing here is “social” hate. This means, usually using online social media, these groups of people have found each other and share a common bond of hatred. One sociologist described it as a “shared currency,” which holds them together.
“They have a social camaraderie [and] a desire for simple answers to complex political problems,” says Kathleen Blee, a sociologist at the University of Pittsburgh. Bonding together, they have the “opportunity to take action against formidable social forces [with] hatred as the reason for participation.”
But who joins these hate groups? According to Blee, most white supremacists find joining a hate group as a cure for loneliness. They have “an acute desire to make sense of their place in the world. There is a gap between what they are and who they think they should be, what they have, and what they want. They want empowerment, with minimal effort. Hate promises them that.”
She also says that hate groups tend to surge during periods of social upheaval and that these groups often offer a racist explanation for the “seismic change” they are witnessing in the country.
Historian Linda Gordon supports what Blee believes.
According to Gordon, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), one of the country’s most notorious hate groups, formed after the Civil War but reached its peak in the 1920s.
This coincided with the end of World War One. Blacks who had fought in the war came back to America, expecting they would be treated with more dignity and given more opportunity because of their service. One of the goals of the KKK was to make sure that did not happen.
And, as with white hate groups today, the KKK provided their members “the rewards of being an insider, of belonging to a community, of expressing and acting on resentments, of participating in drama, [and] of feeling religiously and morally righteous.”
So, where does all of this leave corporate America and, more specifically, the security of corporate America? Because we are going through such a challenging time, it’s easy for organizations to become an intended – and even unintended – victim of this hate. To prevent this, businesses and organizations must take extra steps now to ensure their top executives, their staff, and their property are safe.
We cannot stand idly by. When it comes to hate groups, people, and property, we must always take a proactive approach. That’s where we can help. Talk to us.
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