I was reading an article about white supremacists changing their ways to cater to middle-class Americans. Apparently, they want to go ‘mainstream’ with their principals and ideologies. So that means ditching the whole neo-Nazi look for a polo shirt and khakis.
I find the contents of this article very disturbing. To preach hate and division is to attempt to steer mankind towards a state of regression. We have come too far as a country and as a global community, to let these idiots even have a speck of influence among the ignorant (those who do not know any better). Their aim is to use contemporary issues in America such as illegal immigration and the struggling economy as a method of persuasion to achieve their ultimate goal; increased membership and ultimately greater power. They seem to want to model their approach after that of modern day politicians. Whether it be a right wing conservative or a left wing liberal, those running for office seem to be concerned with collecting support from the quote, unquote middle. It seems contradictory and ironic, to me and like-minded individuals, that ‘extremists’ wish to operate under the facade of moderation. A moderate white supremacists sounds like an oxymoron to me.
The most frightening thing about this article is the fact that the number of members is statistically on the rise. Given the history of violence of white supremacist factions such as the Klu Klux Klan, I cannot help but worry for the well being of our historical first ever African-American President-elect, Barack Obama. I can only hope that their actions follow suit with their new attire in being more moderate and acceptable to middle-class Americans. It would be a tragedy if a man, like Barack Obama, with the potential to unify the world were forced to become a martyr for his cause.