Speaking of exposing hate groups… CBS4 Indy dropped a complete list of all active hate groups in the U.S. in 2017, which made my jaw drop. I knew it was bad, but not this bad! Caveat: I will say that this list, originating from the Southern Poverty Law Center (an Alabama nonprofit), is overly expansive. In my opinion, it includes organizations that are NOT hate-centric groups. C’mon, many organizations disagree with woke ideology and should not be mislabeled and vilified because of it. We still function under the First Amendment and should defend free speech, right?
But what about the true offenders? It’s obvious from the list that we have a genuine problem. An insidious infiltration of bad actors is indoctrinating our youth into a hive-mind of Hitler worship, neo-Nazism, racial animosity, and even violence. All of us, along with the Southern Poverty Law Center, must be hyper-focused on exposing this toxic mix of rhetoric and action. Only then can people safely dwell online and walk the streets without harassment and attacks.
Exposing Hate Groups Through Dialogue
I’m determined to make a difference. That’s why I wrote Never Again MEANS Never Again and founded this website, forum, and blog. But I can’t do it alone. I’m inviting you to take this journey with me. Together, we’ll interact with people who hold opposing views (even extremist, racist views). How else can we change hearts and minds? It will take strength to listen and correct the record. It takes strength to lead, mentor, and turn people around.
Yes, I anticipate some fireworks! I imagine those focused on exposing hate groups will clash with members of those hate groups. And that’s the goal. Dialogue and debate (without becoming too over-the-top) can put a chink in the racist’s armor. Discussions with patriotic Jews can tweak the worldview of antisemites. I truly believe our efforts will make a difference.