Hate is an insidious byproduct of evil. This byproduct has woven itself into every fabric of our political, cultural, religious and educational institutions.
On the political front, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently released hundreds of emails associating President Trump’s senior policy advisor with the hate-filled agenda of white nationalism.
Stephen Miller’s racist emails were sent to Breitbart News in 2015 advocating policies which, according to SPLC, “include reportedly setting arrest quotas for undocumented immigrants, an executive order effectively banning immigration from five Muslim-majority countries and a policy of family separation at refugee resettlement facilities that the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General said is causing ‘intense trauma’ in children.”
The White House immediately legitimized Miller’s hate-agenda by saying it was standing by the senior policy advisor, notwithstanding that dozens of Democratic and Republican lawmakers have called for his resignation.
Hate on Campus
On the educational front, Syracuse University, located in Syracuse, New York, a small liberal arts college turned “major research institution,” has been the target of the kind of white nationalistic hate endorsed by Stephen Miller. A dozen or more “racist and anti-Semitic graffiti” have recently been found on or near the campus. Four white students were also recently suspended following a “verbal assault” on an African-American student. A significant number of the student body has found it necessary to present an 18-point plan to the university’s administration on how racist issues should be dealt with.
Religious Institutions Targeted
On the religious front, a 16-year-old white girl was recently arrested in Gainesville, Georgia after authorities learned she plan to attack a historically African-American church. She had conducted a number of online searches into African-American churches. Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said there was “substantial evidence” that the teenager is “a racist.”
This female version of Dylan Roof is not an anomaly. Violent attacks on religious institutions are increasing in this country, especially against Muslim houses of worship.
Racist right-wing extremists—like Stephen Miller, the racist Syracuse University students, and the Georgia female Dylan Roof clone—have now killed more people on U.S. soil than terrorists since 9/11. The score: 107 for the white nationalists and 104 for the terrorists.
What is the reason for this increasing white nationalism violence?
Top Hashtag for Alt-Right is MAGA
“The rise of Trump both reflected the greater radicalization of right-wing voices and heightened it. Trump rode to power in part on anti-immigrant and racist sentiments,” reported Slate this past August. At the same time, he elevated these concerns, while a regular track record of racist statements and hostility to Mexicans and other immigrants. Many white supremacists embraced Trump. Radicalization expert J.M. Berger found that the top hashtag for the alt-right is #MAGA.
“In contrast, jihadi terrorists do not have an ideology linked to any large political movement in the United States. There is no ‘Americans for sharia,’ and those arrested for jihadi-related violence are not associated with any large movements. The American Muslim community is hostile to violence and regularly cooperates with law enforcement.”
Hate Crimes on the Rise
The FBI issued a report on November 12, 2019 that found while hate crimes in general slightly decreased in 2018, violent hate crimes rose to a 16-year high. The report found that 61 percent of all hate crimes targeted people resulting in 24 people being the victim of a hate murder—an increase of nine from 2017.
Co-author of the study, Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino, was quoted by NPR as saying: “We’re seeing a leaner and meaner type of hate crime going on.”
In an October 18, 2019 mail out, SPLC’s Director of Security, Huey D. Thornton, Jr. informed SPLC subscribers that neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin, a supporter of Stephen Miller who once said that Trump’s senior advisor is the only person in the White House with any sense, “recently published the photos and identities of our senior staff on his Daily Stormer website as part of vengeful attack on our work.”
The nation is literally seeing a rebirth of white supremacy because prominent people in government like Stephen Miller, GOP Rep. Steve King, and even President Trump have legitimized the hate ideology of white nationalism.
We join the call of so many others that Stephen Miller resign. There should be no place in the White House for an avowed white nationalist who openly endorses hate-driven, racist governmental policies.