Right now, there are many active hate groups in the United States such as the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi, Skinheads, Christian identity, Black Separatists, etc. These hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, which is one of America's oldest and more feared, use violence and move above the law to promote their different causes. Another example is a group called Christian Identity, who describes a religion that is fundamentally racist and anti-Semitic; and other are the Black Separatist groups, who are organizations whose ideologies include tenets of racially based hatred.
Because of the information gathered by the Intelligence Project from hate groups' publications, citizen's reports, law enforcement agencies, field sources and news reports, many people know about these hate groups. Many people know how these groups act and think and most of the American people agree that these hate groups are immoral and should not be allowed to exist neither in the United States nor on the rest of the world.
All the hate groups know that they can only flourish if they continue to recruit new members. Three of the most obvious similarities among hate groups members are their sex, male; their race, Caucasian; and their age, 35 years old or younger. Many people think that the reason young people are willing to join hate groups in high school and in college is that they are uncertain about their own futures.
Often people believe that the young people who join hate groups are those with the least education and the least to hope for in the future in the way of jobs, but that does not follow anymore because hate has flourished on colleges and high school campuses. For members of the Ku Klux Klan, it is important that their message of hatred be carried to young people. The initiation of children and babies has being an important part of the Klan activities. It is so bad and wrong that the Ku Klux Klan has even gone so far as to hang out at playgrounds. They look for little boys who play unsupervised.
The Klan believes that these boys are potential members of the Klan because their parents do not care enough to watch them play. The child is probably growing up in a dysfunctional family that gives him little attention and when he is older he will cling to the Klan because membership in this group will provide him with a strong family structure that his parents never gave him in his own home. Some people say that adolescents need to feel like they have responsibility, and the hate groups give them this responsibility.
They can give them a wide range of duties from simple responsibilities like guarding a door, to big responsibilities like organizing recruitment. When they complete the tasks given to them by the group, they feel like they are needed for the survival of the group, and they have purpose in life. This is one reason why hate groups should not be allowed to exist because young people are the future of our society and these hate groups are trying to turn them into a bad element for the society.
As hate crimes have risen in number during the past five years; many state governments have attempted to prevent such crimes by passing laws called bias laws. These laws make a crime that is motivated by hatred based on the victim's race, religion, ethnic background, or sexual orientation a more serious crime than such an act would ordinarily be. Many people believe that these laws violate the criminal's freedom of speech. Many hate group members say that freedom of speech is the right to say or write or publish one's thoughts, or to express one's self, they also say that this right is guaranteed to all Americans.
But people and organizations who are against these hate groups ask themselves if the first amendment include and protect all form of expression, even those that ugly or hurtful like the burning crosses. The Supreme Court Justices have decided that some kinds of speech are not protected by the Constitution, but the question still remains:
"Does freedom of speech mean freedom to hate?" Nobody knows what is going to happen next but we are completely sure that if we do not step into it and fight it back, it is going to get worse. Right now, there are a lot of hate groups that are printing pamphlets and flyers so they can recruit new members.
They are also reaching larger audiences through electronic media, such as internet, television, and radio. People know that these hate groups are using the first amendment to protect themselves from the justice and organizations that are trying to take them down. The American people think and agree that these hate groups should not be allowed to exist.
Hate based on race; religion and sexual orientation exist within any cultural rich societies. When this hate fuels a person into taking violent actions upon those that he hate, it is called a hate crime, an issue which the American people are seriously concerned about. Many Americans watch and see how hate groups commit a lot of crimes against the people they hate, but they do nothing. What they do not know is that this is occurring all across the nation and all around the world. People know this problem is persistent, pervasive, and serious.
These violent crimes are happening in work places, communities and in schools. No area is immune. These hate groups promote violence against Blacks, Hispanics, Homosexuals, Asian people, etc teaching their new and young members that the different people are bad and all kinds of things.
These lessons, which new members of these hate groups are learning, are wrong because they provoke the anger on its members and therefore the members commit hate crimes against those they hate for being different. That is why not only Blacks, Homosexuals, Asians and Hispanics, but also white people think that these hate groups should be banned so they can not commit crimes anymore.
Many hate groups in the United States use the first amendment as a shield to protect themselves from the law, they are bad examples to our following generations because they are trying to recruit more members and change their way of think, these hate groups also commit a lot of crimes against those people that they think are different.
That is why in the United States, many Americans are against all of the hate groups and they think that these hate groups should not be allow to exist. We all know that if the U.S. Government decide to ban them, they may be inn silent for many years, but we can count on the fact that they are there. They are "The Invisible Empire" and will always be the dark side to American History.