Far-Right Extremism

September 18, 2015 • Volume 25, Issue 33
Can the government stem the threat of violence?
By Barbara Mantel


David Allen Brutsche (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun/Leila Navidi)
David Allen Brutsche, an adherent of the anti-government sovereign citizen movement, was sentenced to five years probation in Las Vegas in April 2014 after plotting to kidnap and execute a police officer. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun/Leila Navidi)

The massacre in June of nine African-American worshippers at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., was the most lethal in a string of ideologically motivated post-9/11 attacks committed by far-right extremists. They range from white supremacists and anti-government militia members to so-called sovereign citizens, who deny the legitimacy of most U.S. laws. Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old suspect in the Charleston killings, is believed to have written an online manifesto ranting against blacks and Hispanics and explaining how a white supremacist website inspired him to commit violence. While experts say most adherents of extremist movements are not violent, a recent survey found that police agencies are more concerned about violence by anti-government extremists than by Islamic extremists. The threat of violence has spurred debate about the strength of the government's efforts to fight extremism and whether it should try to prevent far-right radicalization of young people. Meanwhile, Life After Hate, a group founded by former racist skinheads, is working to help former white supremacists find a new path in life.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Racism and Hate
Aug. 13, 2021  Hate Crimes
Feb. 12, 2021  Slavery's Legacy
May 12, 2017  Anti-Semitism
Mar. 17, 2017  ‘Alt-Right’ Movement
Sep. 18, 2015  Far-Right Extremism
Nov. 22, 2013  Racial Profiling
May 08, 2009  Hate Groups
Jun. 01, 2007  Shock Jocks Updated
Jan. 07, 1994  Racial Tensions in Schools
Jan. 08, 1993  Hate Crimes
May 12, 1989  The Growing Danger of Hate Groups
Nov. 05, 1969  American History: Reappraisal and Revision
Mar. 31, 1965  Extremist Movements in Race and Politics
May 13, 1964  Racism in America
Dec. 03, 1958  Spread of Terrorism and Hatemongering
Jul. 10, 1946  Ku Klux Klan
Jan. 09, 1945  Race Equality
Dec. 19, 1933  Lynching and Kidnapping
Civil Rights: African Americans
Crime and Law Enforcement
Domestic Issues
Gun Control
Hate Groups
Race and Hate Crimes
Supreme Court History and Decisions
Terrorism and Counterterrorism