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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.

Boogaloo Bois

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.

Great Replacement

A concept propagated by the alt-right that white, European, and Christian cultures will be diluted by immigration of other cultures.

Referenced by...
Racist remarks cost Iowa Rep. King committees (2019-Jan-17)

Hate Group

A group that professes a desire to harm a class of people - typically for characteristics such as ethnicity or religion.

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...

o The 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education
o The 1964 Civil Rights Act
o The 1965 Voting Rights Act

Ku Klux Klan (KKK)


Oath Keepers

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.

Proud Boys

A right-wing group that often uses violence in pursuit of its loosely defined goals of creating a male-dominated society.

Group members also have been involved in racist and anti-LGBT activities.




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:

o Based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups).

o Rejects federal (and possibly state or local) government authority.

o Is dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.

White Supremacy

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...
Racist remarks cost Iowa Rep. King committees (2019-Jan-17)

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