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Have Hate Groups Been Quieter Than Expected This Election?

Despite news of a dead bear cub shot through the head and draped with Obama signs and a car vandalized allegedly for sporting a McCain sticker, apparently hate group activity has been less intense than expected this campaign. Groups who monitor hate activity with an eye toward preventing violence are reporting an eerie silence from traditional sources of open racism — much less than they expected this late in the race.

The director of a law center that tracks hate group says, “What we really haven’t seen is white supremacists really rallying over an Obama presidency. Hate groups are in a more or less stunned position right now; they haven’t been able to figure out how to proceed just yet.”

Politician Douglas Wilder, 20 years ago had a campaign almost fail because of the Bradley (or Wilder) effect — where polling indicates voters will do one thing before succumbing to suspected race-related cold feet in the booth. He now says, "America has grown, people have grown."

Is this the case? To find out,


Perhaps. Though even children are acutely aware of the issue of race in the campaign, it seems to be having an unexpected affect — nine percent of voters say they're more likely to vote for Obama because of his race, more than those who wouldn't for the same reason.

But has hate been quiet? We've seen presidential mailers looking like food stamps emblazoned with fried chicken, an effigy of Obama hung from a tree at a college in Oregon, and the KKK saying they hope if Obama is elected it will inspire a white backlash.

I suppose listening is in the ear of the beholder as to gauge the volume level on that. But will hate groups' vociferousness become more prevalent in the next two weeks — or on election night? Are they really too stunned by the becoming more real possibility of an Obama presidency to gather their organizations to rally? Or has America, like Wilder says, "grown?"


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sw33tlovin sw33tlovin 8 years
i don't think white supremacists really believe obama has a chance. hopefully they'll be so shocked if obama wins that they leave the country ... every last one of them. *sigh* if only.
cheytown cheytown 8 years
I think that all of America should be prepared for the worst and hope for the best when it comes to the silent nature of hate groups lately, I think there outbursts will solely rely on the results of November 4th. I am scared for the civil unrest that also may follow this election, i can possibly see rioting and maybe some mass hysteria and the only reason I think this is because for many, this election is going to make or break them and how they are feeling about this country and our current financial situation. This of course is the worst that could happen side of the spectrum, I also have been hearing rumours that if Obama is elected assassination attempts will be aplenty(this would be from those quiet hate groups). So all in all I think they are plotting and waiting because i mean if someone can hate for a lifetime, they can wait for the right time to do the most damage.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Snowbunny there are "sects" of the Nation of Islam that are more extreme than others, for instance the Chicago area NOI is not as "militant" as some of the groups in smaller cities since they tend to be not as well organized or organized by individuals who are out for self promotion etc. I differ with the views of the NOI not because it's a separatist group, but because it skews the true words of the Koran I call them "fake Muslims" I know it's mean but I grew up around a lot of them.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I think because the Jewish Defense League name itself sounds nice. I know hate to use Wikipedia as a reference but: I mean they are possibly involved with trying to "strong arm" Dr. Dre ahahaha that made me laugh I'm sorry!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
*pretty much scratch everything I said about Nation of Islam.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
I was wondering about the Nation of Islam also. I know that some parts of it can be extremist But this is completely based on a cursory reading of Malcolm X for a class taught by a very liberal professor! Maybe anything that is separatist is rightfully considered rather extreme. However, I will say the group I was referring earlier to is "Catholic Family News/Ministries" in Niagara Falls, NY. I am not saying you could tell by the website that they are a "hate" group, but the image I got from it was not the same as the favorable one portrayed at my (non-Catholic) church, or in our local media. It's a little disappointing.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Told you I'm not even surprised that California ( I know it's a large state) has the largest amounts of hate groups. Like I said I have exsperinced more racism here than my time in the South.
Sticker1 Sticker1 8 years
Well the Jewish Defense League is listed as a "general hate group" in California according to that link I posted...kind of interesting. Looks like there is a pretty big umbrella under which hate groups exist (according to the SPL center). At least they have a comprehensive white supremacist database.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Well I'm def. on the gov't watch list now... cuz I've looked up a bunch of these groups since seeing where they are on the map. I'm waiting for a black Suburband to drive up and take me away any second!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Wow! thanks for that link... though i probably wont be able to sleep tonight! :scared:
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Sticker- I'd never seen that map before- it was so eye-opening. There is one group around here that I hear referred to all the time, and it's really almost mainstream, so when I saw it on the map, I was like, "no, they're wrong about this group." Well, I googled their webpage- and it's absolutely awful. I am literally shaking right now, I am sure my church partnered with them all the time when I was growing up. Ugh.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
If Barack wins of course ;).
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Geeze citizen, I get more uncomfortable everyday in this country the more reminded I am of racism that, on most days, I manage to sweep under the rug of my thoughts and chalk it up to "my imagination." I just want to yell "Stop fogging up my rose colored glasses!" Seriously though, I just hope extremists groups are feeling isolated in a more progressive society and not that they're planning something post election/inauguration.
Sticker1 Sticker1 8 years
Where do you even find a baby bear to kill? Don't they usually run around with their mothers? White supremacist groups seem to be everywhere, that's for sure. The Southern Poverty Law Center has a great "hate" map: A lot of nuts out there.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
I can't get behind a "Sarah Palin is a c*nt" button, but I don't know, a "Sarah Palin is a trollop" button might be all kinds of wonderful.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Jude- any time my bf gets mad at me now he goes, "now just wait a minute, you TROLLOP" lol.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
:ROTFL: Or "trollop," for that matter.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Okay, but it's very, very bad to call someone a c*nt. Especially if it is your wife. Especially if you are running for president...
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
I would rather be called a C@nt or out of touch or erratic or angry once a day everyday then have people yell.. kill her.. off with her head, treason, terrorist or socialist.. especially by some of these people. Obama supporters getting their tires slashed at rallies, a baby bear getting shot in the head and covered in Obama stickers, effigies of Obama being hung from trees for Halloween, Obama signs being stolen and confederate flags being put in their place, calling Obama the anti-christ, calling him the n word, saying he was sent here to destroy the US, calling him a socialist to his face and refusing to shake his hand, the monkey with the Obama sticker being referred to a lil Hussien coming to see real Americans and the truth.. all while smugly thinking you are a REAL American and a good Christian.. makes my skin crawl. The KKK is "quiet and stunned" cause they cannot believe how many "good Americans" and "good Christian" folk will blindly carry out their agenda for them. GOD forbid the KKK do come out to a rally.. those good folk would be horrified to see themselves mirrored back.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Lunatics! They're everywhere.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I'm glad the lunatic hate groups are keeping their mouths shut, but as others have pointed out, there's plenty of more covert and insidious hate to go around. Oh, and chancleta, while I see your point, there is a world of difference between a "Sarah Palin is a c*nt" button and the concerted campaign to paint Obama as a terrorist-loving anti-American Black Panther wannabe with a Black Panther wife. Both are awful, but I do see much more hate in the latter.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I thought we were talking about the KKK, not Sarah Palin being the c-word.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Chancleta- What about them? I would not condone anyone wearing a "Sarah Palin is a c*nt" button any more than I would condone John McCain calling his wife one. That has no bearing on the fact that the people who yell racist, terrible slurs at a McCain rally are "stupid." And the people who tell them to get lost give me warm fuzzies. And who shrug and say "well the Dems. do it too," almost justifying bad behavior on the basis of other bad behavior? They make me slightly angry.
chancleta chancleta 8 years
yesteryear: the only real "brainwashing" going on these days is by our mass media (i.e. NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, etc.) you're quick to point out the Republicans that need a "talking down" and I ask you do you not see the hate, bias, and bigotry that exsists among Democrats as well? Don't they need a "talking down" as well?
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