The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently released a report about the resurgence of the right-wing militia movement. This resurgence is undoubtedly connected to the backlash we’ve been seeing to the election of an African-American as President. Although people these days are way too polite to go around screaming, “Segregation Forever,” they’re still finding ways to say it without actually saying it. The militia movement has always been steeped in paranoia, and it’s boiling with rage against President Obama. They’ve become so brazen, in fact, that they carry full arsenals with them to health care reform meetings, standing around outside and showing off their weaponry. A brag or a threat?
In 1994, SPLC warned the federal government that “the mixture of armed groups and those who hate is a recipe for disaster.” Six months later, 168 people were murdered in the Oklahoma City bombing. According to Morris Dees, founder of SPLC, we’re facing a similar situation today:
“Anti-government militias are just one part of an explosion of extremist rage in America — a backlash to Obama’s election and to the progress we’re making toward social justice and tolerance. These groups and their allies traffic in bizarre conspiracy theories — like the claim that Obama is not really a U.S. citizen and that he wants to euthanize senior citizens. The Department of Homeland Security has recently warned that right-wing extremists such as these militias currently pose the No. 1 threat of domestic terrorism. The fact is, we’re already seeing acts of terror. Six law enforcement officers have been murdered by extremists in recent months, and Obama has received more threats than any other president.”
August 29th: Any militia men tempted to use this space for propaganda, I suggest you get your own blog. My space isn’t yours. I deleted the guy who wrote a comment three times as long as this post, and I will do the same to others like it.–MS
- Josh Horwitz: NRA Board Members in the Tank with Domestic Terrorists (huffingtonpost.com)
- A Recent History of Violent Right-Wing Extremism: Neo-Nazis and Other White Supremacists Are Most Dangerous (alternet.org)
- Southern Poverty Law Fraud Center (stoptheinvasion.wordpress.com)