22 Pages

“Button-Down Terror”

The Metamorphosis of the Hate Movement
WithBarbara Perry

This chapter explores the extent to which the hate movement in the United States has taken on a new, modern face. The strength of the contemporary hate movement is grounded in its ability to repackage its message in ways that make it more palatable, and in its ability to exploit the points of intersection between itself and prevailing ideological canons. The chapter presents a brief descriptive overview of the current nature of and activities associated with the hate movement. It addresses the significance of contemporary hate groups, in terms of their connections to generalized attitudes about race and gender, to the political mainstream, and to the growing militia movement. The chapter explores the implications of their strategic and recruitment use of modern communication. It concludes by arguing that antiracist and antiviolence organizations must continue to confront hate groups through legal challenges, monitoring, and education.