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The Alarming Rise of White Supremacy in America

The Alarming Rise of White Supremacy in America

The violence in Charlottesville didn’t originate in a vacuum.


Are American Jews controlling and manipulating non-white people in order to bring about the extinction of white America? The very question is ludicrous, yet for a growing number of Americans the answer to this offensive inquiry is – shockingly – a resounding yes.

Long noted by law enforcement officials, the rise of disparate groups of American neo-Nazis, white supremacists, white nationalists and other racist and anti-Semitic groups burst into public consciousness during the recent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Opposed to all minority groups in the US, these various haters seem to reserve special ire for Jews.

Thus, on Friday night, August 11, 2017, as Jews around the country were celebrating Shabbat, the University of Virginia witnessed a scene that could have come straight out of a 19th century pogrom. A motley group of neo-Nazis and white supremacists marched through the university’s campus waving torches and chanting “Jews will not replace us” and “blood and soil” (an English translation of the Nazi-era slogan “blut and boden”). Marchers carried banners with swastikas; one sign declared “Jews are Satan’s children”.

The next day, as white supremacists gathered in the city of Charlottesville, they chanted “Jew, Jew, Jew” and mocked Charlottesville’s Jewish mayor. Former KKK leader David Duke addressed a large crowd, warning “the American media, and the American political system, and the American Federal Reserve, is dominated by a tiny minority: the Jewish Zionist cause”.

Since 2014, the number of hate groups has increased 17%.

Several factors in recent years have contributed to this obsession with Jews among American extremists. One is the overall rise in the number of hate groups in the United States. Since 2014, the number of hate groups has increased 17%, to 917 hate organizations, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Another factor in the singling out of Jews among white supremacist is an evolution in some groups’ ideology. According to the Anti-Defamation League, in the past white supremacy in America was concerned with subjugating African Americans and other non-whites. Within the past generation, however, white supremacy in America has evolved into a philosophy of supposed white victimhood.

This was given chilling voice by white supremacist David Lane, who murdered the Jewish radio host Alan Burg in 1984: “We (white supremacists) must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” His alarmist slogan has become a rallying cry for white supremacists, recasting racism as an urgent campaign to save white children from Jews and other minorities.

James Fields Jr., who rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, killing Heather Heyer and injuring many, has been involved with a neo-Nazi group called Vanguard America. Its goal is to fight “the international Jew”. The month before the Charlottesville rally, this abhorrent group said, “Those behind the subversive elements eroding our culture often have something in common. Jewish influence is prevalent, invasive, dangerous.” Jason Kessler, who organized the Charlottesville rally, has opined that Jews escaped Nazi Germany in order to “erode Western values”.

According to the FBI, Jews are the number one target of religious hate crimes in the United States.

According to the FBI, Jews are the number one target of religious hate crimes in the United States. Over half of all hate crimes in America are committed against Jews. In 2014, the number was 57%. (In contrast, Muslims, long a target of racist hate crimes, suffered 16% of hate crimes that year.)

Even after the carnage in Charlottesville, far-right extremist groups are feeling newly emboldened. “We achieved all of our objectives” in Charlottesville, explained Matthew Heimbach, a founder of the neo-Nazi group Nationalist Front which tries to be an umbrella organization for far-right hate groups. “We showed that our movement is not just online, but growing physically. We asserted ourselves as the voice of white America. We had zero vehicles damaged, all our people accounted for, and moved a large amount of men and materials in and out of the area. I think we did an incredibly impressive job.”

Richard Spencer, the “Alt-Right” leader and one of the organizers of the rally, echoed his words: “We’re going to be back here and we’re going to humiliate all of these people who opposed us...We’ll be back here 100 times if necessary. I always win.”

Faced with this hatred and virulent anti-Semitism, what can ordinary citizens do? Here are four suggestions to help resist the increasing onslaught of extremist hate.

  1. Speak out. It can feel awkward to talk about sensitive topics, but it’s crucial that we signal that hatred, bigotry and anti-Semitism are unacceptable. Elie Wiesel put this eloquently in his acceptance speech when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986: “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.”

  2. Form alliances. Reach out to other communities and groups who will support us and speak on our behalf. Support local community organizations that form bonds with others. Remember, we’re stronger when we stand together than when we’re alone.

  3. Stay informed. Groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and other human rights organizations can help you stay abreast of what’s happening in your community and can offer ways to get involved locally to help combat hate.

  4. Strengthen your own Jewish identity today. Sign up for a class at your local synagogue or JCC, commit to taking on a piece of Jewish observance, reach out to other people in your local Jewish community. The best answer to those who hate us is to be proud of who we are. As some people battle to weaken America’s Jews, let’s stand up and wear our Jewishness with pride, building ever more vibrant, thriving Jewish communities. This isn’t something anyone else can do for us: it has to start with each one of us.

August 14, 2017

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Visitor Comments: 41

(34) Anonymous, September 5, 2017 4:12 PM

quantity vs. quality

This issue has been in America from longer than I remember. In fact, how is it different than History? The only difference I see is the supremacy people are just more vocal and get more press time. Jews are an easy group to pick on...lots of practice. Instead of rolling over and accepting, we need to be more vocal and forceful to demand our rights to exist, just like other groups.

(33) Nancy, August 21, 2017 11:27 AM

To commenter Rachel

Yes to everything you wrote.

(32) Joel, August 21, 2017 2:36 AM

Saddened to See "Whataboutism" Being Used to Redirect Focus Away from the Charlottesville Nazi March in Many Aish Reader's Comments

If you have never heard of "whataboutism," google it; It was a common tactic used by the Soviet Union to justify its atrocious human rights record. In short, if the Soviets were rightly criticized for, lets say, sending political prisoners to gulags, they would respond, "What about... (fill in the blank with segregation in the American South, Apartheid, etc.). That is the same tactic that many commentators are using in this discussion. Redirecting the conversation to Black Lives Matter, Antifa, etc., does nothing to address the fascist threat that the Jews in Charlottesville faced last weekend, and does not in any way justify what the Neo-Nazis said or did. The Orthodox Rabbinical Counsel of America clearly rejected the moral comparison between Nazis, and protesters of Nazis, and we should as well.

This article is about White Supremacy, which has become more emboldened. That topic deserves its own article on, and should be seriously discussed. No Jewish congregants should have to leave their Synagogue out the back door because of intimidation by Neo-Nazis, as they did in Charlottesville.

(31) buzz, August 21, 2017 1:51 AM

Divisiveness in the Jewish community

As the head of Chicago's Jewish Defense League for 10 of its 10 1/2 year existence I can say Jewish groups don’t work well together. After beating up a group of Nazis in a Chicago suburb, they retaliated and desecrated about 10 synagogues on Chicago's north side. We immediately mounted patrols and put members inside the synagogues. The desecrations stopped. Chicago's ADL leader called the police commander of that area, an Irish Catholic chap. The ADL leader told the commander to arrest me because we were carrying baseball bats. He didn’t know the commander and the JDL were working together and blew the guy off. He then called me to apologize saying that he was sorry to tell me 'One of your own wants you arrested.' The commander couldn’t understand how a Jew wanted another Jew arrested for protecting Jewish houses of worship. I confronted that person several times in public forums and said if he had done that in a concentration camp I would have killed him. I meant it. The Jewish leaders publicly chastised us in the press, on TV, etc. 38 years after the fact we finally found out why the Nazis didn't go to Skokie in 1978 when the Supreme Court gave them the OK. A former Illinois state senator revealed that he was part of the FBI negotiating team with the Nazi leader. He said the leader 'begged' him to find an alternative site because the JDL would kill him in Skokie. All the movers and shakers in Chicago's Jewish community took credit for stopping the Nazis from entering Skokie. In fact it was a rag tag bunch of JDL people who drew the line in the sand and stopped the haters from shoving swastikas in the faces of the survivors. We took quiet pride in protecting those survivors from having to see the ghosts of the Holocaust in their midst. The Jewish leadership said 'Pull your shades down' and ignore the Nazis. That didn't work in Europe in the 1930's and it would not have worked in America in the 1970's.

beatrice pogin, August 24, 2017 3:09 AM

good for you

hiding head in sand saying it's not happening, its not that important, Neo-Nazis are equivalent to AntiFa and leftists, Neo-Nazis carrying assault rifles ,just look the other way., the racism of this nation is to be ignored, its all just stupid. and while not a scholar, don't think the Talmud really would go along with it.

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