In today's social and political climate, this thoroughly researched book deserves a place in all school libraries. This trim volume packs a great deal of information that documents the historical and present-day trends surrounding hate groups and prejudicial attitudes in the United States. Drawing heavily on statistics from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union, Michael Miller demonstrates a current rise in violence toward immigrants and LGBQI groups in today's politically charged climate. By relating recent events and personal experiences featured in the media, the book establishes up-to-date and relevant context. Definitions and discussions with supporting data are covered on such topics as Islamophobia, white supremacy, anti-Semitism, the alt-right and alt-left, male supremacy, neo-confederates, neo-Nazis, Christian identity groups, anti-immigrants, hate speech, and First Amendment rights. Recruitment methods and procedures to combat hate crimes are also covered. Numerous charts, graphs, sidebars, and photos augment the text. This slim, well designed title will attract students and the sturdy binding will sustain heavy use. Students will find the information straightforward, accessible, and easy to comprehend. The extended bibliography will be particularly useful to students in identifying additional sources. Librarians will find it valuable for collection development or to use as an example to teach internal documentation. Bibliography. Glossary. Source Notes.
Experts have documented an explosive rise in the number of hate groups since the turn of the century, driven by anger over immigration and demographic projections showing that whites will no longer hold majority status in the United States by 2040. The rise accelerated with the elections of presidents Obama and Trump. Extremists are increasingly diffuse, moving to the web and away from organized, on-the-ground activities. What is a hate group and how does it operate? How do we legally define hate speech and hate crimes? What is the history of organizing around hate and how do we recognize and confront it? These are the salient issues readers will investigate in this overview.