GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Choose one of the categories below to narrow your choiceHate and Racism
Alternative Right (Alt-Right)
Self-proclaimed groups and individuals with the core belief that their white (and often male) identity is threatened by the social gains of other cultures.
Much of their messaging takes place on social media.
They commonly are known as the alt-right.
A loose-knit subculture associated with being anti-government and pro-gun. It has no defined organization.
The term is believed to have originated in an online forum dedicated to firearms. Its use in this context dates back to at least 2012 when President Barack Obama was running for re-election.
They are associated with wearing Hawaiian-style shirts - a reference to Big luau - one of the movement's code names on social media.
For more, read the Bellingcat.com story.
A concept propagated by the alt-right that white, European, and Christian cultures will be diluted by immigration of other cultures.
For more, read the Vox article.Referenced by...
A group that professes a desire to harm a class of people - typically for characteristics such as ethnicity or religion.
For more, read the Southern Poverty Law Center explanation.
Jim Crow laws
Laws passed in southern U.S. states that established different rules for blacks and whites. They affected most aspects of life, including voting and where people of color could live, eat, and use public facilities such as transportation, schools, and parks.
The Jim Crow era began in the late 1800s. This type of explicit discrimination ended with a succession of Supreme Court decisions and laws, including...
For more on Jim Crow laws, read this article.
Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
An antigovernment group made up of former members of law enforcement and the military.
They advocate violence against any perceived threats to their own beliefs.
For more, read the Southern Poverty Law Center article.
For more, read the Anti-Defamation League article.
A belief that one ethnicity is superior to another, or actions or policies that discriminates in favor of some groups over others.
Racism can be explicit. But it also can be systemic - i.e. the result of previous policies that have not been mitigated so that one class of people maintains an advantage.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that a policy resulting in discrimination against a class can be illegal even if the discrimination is not explicit or intentional.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defines right-wing extremism as groups or movements characterized by one or more of the following:
Click here to read a 2009 DHS assessment of right-wing threats.
A form a racism that espouses the belief that white people (caucasians, European descent, etc) are superior to other races, and therefore should dominate society.Referenced by...