The Growth of Hate Groups in America – ABC News
May 23, 2012
“This is not the country my Christian White forefathers built. We’ve got to take this country back!”
You may have read recently that we’ve reached a tipping point in our population: more minority children are being born than white children. Demographics are the future. In 2050, given current trends, non-Hispanic whites will no longer be the majority ethnic group in America. And nothing, short of an apocalyptic race war, will change this fact.
Right wing extremist militia groups have risen from 150 to 1,274 during the first three years of the Obama presidency according to Mark Potok, of the Southern Poverty Law Center. For more information on this development, please check out Hate Groups Grow as Racial Tipping Point Changes Demographics by Colleen Curry of ABC News.
Maybe this is one reason why the Republican Party has swung so far to the right in recent years?
They are the conservative party whose position is reflexly against change. But “Life is Change, how it differs from the rocks,” as Grace Slick sang in 1968.*
Historically, Republicans have opposed Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment Insurance, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Public School Desegregation, Minimum Wage laws, Women’s Suffrage and almost all social welfare programs.
“The thing I think to understand is that the radical right is not entirely composed of people who are insane. These are people reacting to real changes in the real world around them.” – Mark Potok
The only problem is that their reaction is to oppose the inevitable, rather than adapt to it. I believe this is the wrong strategy and destined to fail. See you in 2050. . .
* “Crown of Creation” was written by Paul Kantner and inspired by the book The Chrysalids by John Wyndham.