The publication When Hate Groups Come to Town was released by the CDR in 1992. It's purpose is to help individuals and communities respond appropriately to hate group activity and bigoted violence. Such violence and activity comes in many stripes- -anti-Semitism, gaybashing, violence against Asians and other minorities, and terrorism against African Americans, to name just a few. Because there is such as wide variety of hate violence today, this manual is organized to provide an overview of the problem and the different hate groups involved, and to allow the reader to easily locate those sections covering particular problems.
PART I, "Understand Racism and Bigotry," seeks to define the nature and problem of racism and prejudice as well as the victims in today's world. In simplest terms, Part I provides the reader of this manual with a statement of the problem of hate violence.
PART II, "The White Supremacist Movement Today," identifies the major players in the variegated field of today's far right. After a brief overview of the history of racism in America, the different groups and their leaders are identified. These groups include the "traditional" hatemongers such as the Ku Klux Klan and the American neo-Nazis, but there are also growing problems with young people being recruited into racist and neo-Nazi organizations, the so- called theological justifications for hate promoted by the Identity church, and the progression of bigotry into the mainstream of American politics under such far right leaders as David Duke and Lyndon LaRouche.
PART III, "Responses to Hate-Motivated Activity," contains guidelines for responding to particular brands of hate violence. It is the largest and most important part of the manual. This section is arranged so users can easily identify the type of hate activity they are encountering and provides insight into forming an appropriate response. This section includes information about: passing hate crime laws at all levels of government and examines the legal rights of hate groups and their victims; recruitment of and responses to racist and skinhead youth on campus and in the larger youth culture; responses to anti-government, anti-Semitic racists who sow seeds of hate among financially troubled farmers; different types of religious hatred, false theologies, and how churches and synagogues can counter such activity; the Native American experience and some model responses to anti-Indian activity; responses to far right and racist violence in the workplace and the political arena; and ways in which police, human relations experts, and elected officials might respond to hate violence.
PART IV of this manual includes resources to use when countering
hate activity. These resources include lists of organizations that
can provide assistance in particular areas; resolutions by various
organizations opposing hate violence; an annotated bibliography,
and other material that focuses on the problem of hate activity
and proper responses to it.
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