In January, the night before alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at the University of California, Berkeley, two members of the white supremacist group American Renaissance got in a fistfight with other young men after they were caught plastering trees and buildings around campus with posters that proclaimed, “Embrace white identity!”
White Nationalists Becoming More Active On College Campuses
In and effort to persuade more students to buy into their doctrine of hate, White Nationalists are ramping up recruitment efforts on America’s college campuses. White nationalists (a.k.a. white supremacists) are feeling much freer to recruit people, in particular, white students, than ever before. This movement has not gone unnoticed by the Southern poverty Law Center (SPLC) who are also forming chapters on college campuses, across the nation.
White nationalists have become more emboldened to spread their racist message, within the last year. Could there possibly be any connection between the election of Donald Trump, the appointment of white nationalist Steve Bannon Steve Bannon as National Security Advisor (NSA), and the current trend of Trump supporters committing acts of violence across the country? Personally, I think there is!
Although it may be unfair to place the blame entirely on the election of Donald Trump, for the resurgence of hate speech and racism across the country, but I and many others think that some of Trump’s ugly racist rhetoric during the election didn’t help the matter. Sometimes, a small fringe element, such as the white nationalists, need to feel empowered by someone who holds a high office, to bring their activities more out in the open. The election of someone whom they feel shares the same values (if you can call me that) as they do, often gives a “green light” to any group that deep down knows they are wrong, to start bringing their activities out into the public eye.
The very fact that white nationalists have become very sensitive about being rightfully labeled as “white supremacists” in itself says a lot. After all, if someone is truly proud of who they are and what they feel their mission is, why do they choose to hide behind the name white nationalists. If they truly feel that they are correct, why should they be proud of it? The answer is; they are engaging in activities of hatred and violence that endanger public safety, and they know it.
This resurgence of racial hatred is a very ugly thing and needs to be combated at every level. I’m very glad that groups like SPLC on campus SPLC on campus were started. The Southern Poverty Law Center really deserves a lot of credit for stepping up and doing something proactive to fight the rise of white nationalism.