Once again, the American mind set automatically jumps to a historical analysis of racism as a "black" issue. In fact, the neo-Nazi movement hates gays and any other minority group. Their favorite targets are Jews, whim they believe are in a conspiracy that secretly controls the financial institutions, the media, and even the United States Government (Southern Poverty Law Center, 2012).
The home page of the American Nazi Party opens with the greeting, "Racial Greetings White Brothers and Sisters!" (American Nazi Party, 2012). It only takes a few more sentences to see that this is not a group of individuals, but a well-organized political agenda designed to bring America under socialist rule. They talk about the success of "Phase One" serving its purpose well into the 21st Century. Later on, they talk about not "exposing themselves" through rallies or marches, but that they stress "small cell" and individual activism. It was beginning to sound like Kaye's rhetorical argument was gaining more ground. This was a movement with an intention and a purpose, just as Kaye proposed. Reading on, the platform of the American Nazi Party wants to build a self-sufficient nation that promotes the family farm, motherhood, family, an honest economy, energy, and the environment, and spiritual rebirth….but only from those who can prove they are "worthy" blood members of the white Aryan race (American Nazi Party, 2012). Their symbol is the eagle and the swastika…as chilling as the images in American History X.
Going straight to the source provides a very realistic view of this political party and their agenda, but how big is this racist movement? According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (2011), in 2010 nearly 7,699 crimes cited bias as the single cause. These statistics only included those that involved bodily injury or harm, not property. According to the anti-neo-Nazi website, antifa.cz (2012), it is difficult to distinguish real neo-Nazis from "pretenders." They indicate that neo-Nazism is promoted through a certain lifestyle that defines their ideals. According to CivilRights.org (2012), a website that tracks hate groups, in 2008 there were 926 hate groups alive and active in America. This is up from 602 groups in 2000. One group alone, operated by a former KKK Grand Wizard, has over 110,000 members. CivilRights.org states that intelligence reports from the U.S. government indicate these numbers grew significantly when Obama became President, and that these groups tend to thrive in uncertain economic times. Given this evidence, it is difficult to dispute Kaye's rhetorical message in American History X. It seems that racism has become a growing political movement with an official agenda in the United States. This is the key context of Kaye's message to society.
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