Standing With Courage in the Midst of Hate Crimes

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

“Terrorism is a real and serious threat no matter what its ideological origin. And it is not only the immediate causalities who are victims – attacks on minorities for ideological reasons have the effect of terrorizing entire minority groups. In a country that will lose its white majority within the next 30 years, it’s especially critical that we build a country that is truly welcoming to all.”
– Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center

I have long been an admirer of the Southern Poverty Law Center and their constant efforts to eliminate hate groups. Their three-point strategy to stand up to hate groups in the United States has made a difference in helping law enforcement and in the court room. They expose potentially violent extremists, through legal work dismantle extremist groups and provide life-saving training to law enforcement.

There are currently 784 active hate groups in the US: Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi, White Nationalist, Skinheads, and Neo-Confederate, to name a few. Many now operate on the internet or as lone wolves.

Of particular concern is a woman hating group online named Subreddit, or “Philosophy of Rape.” They are the most vile and violent misogynist group on the internet. They promote “corrective rape” and make promises to help readers get away with it. The site, founded in September, encourages raping girls 9-15 years of age. The group considers the violent speech and encouragement of rape as free speech. One visitor to the site reported to the police that Reddit wants to host a training school for violent criminals. They even encourage incest, insisting that this would “ingrain in daughters a healthy view of men.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center deserves much credit for monitoring hate groups that engage in unimaginable crimes.

Posted in Peace & Justice Blog

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