Hate Groups & The Internet
WARNING: This question asks you to visit several websites that you will probably find personally offensive.
Researchers of hate groups (including psychologists, sociologists, and historians) suggest that these groups are generally composed of individuals who share a strong set of authoritarian ideals. The KKK exemplifies this sort of group, but there are numerous other hate groups in the US and the rest of the world. With the advent of the internet, these groups have found it much easier to get out their message of white supremacy and separatism. The question this week asks you to examine a few (at least five) of the websites posted by these groups. In order to locate them, you can check The Hate Directory (attached to this discussion) or go to the website:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_organizations_designated_by_the_Southern_Poverty_Law_Center_as_hate_groupsLinks to an external site.
You should also take a look at the site for the Southern Poverty Law Center www.splcenter.orgLinks to an external site. for viewpoints opposing these groups, and check out their map of hate groups in the US https://www.splcenter.org/hate-mapLinks to an external site.
Which websites did you visit? What is your reaction to what you see? What commonalities can you identify in the sites you looked at? What did you see on the map of hate groups in the US? in Michigan? Given their threatening messages, should the ability of these groups to use the internet be curtailed or restricted in any way?
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