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White supremacist hate groups have been with us since the presumed end of the Civil War. Hate groups formed because some had a tendency to see powerful forces undermine their point of view. The fear became hatred. The hatred was expressed in targeting the presumed enemy. Ending the Civil War will take a united people that doesn’t allow hatred to define us.

According to an Aug. 28 Time magazine article, the Civil War never ended. After the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan white supremacist hate group formed because members perceived an injustice in reconstruction laws favoring African Americans. White supremacists were outraged at the idea of losing Jim Crow laws. Segregationists believed in the denial of education and political rights to African Americans. The Ku Klux Klan organized lynching and church burnings to scare people from uniting.

Neo-Nazi hate groups formed because of the perceived threat of Jews. Jews were thought to influence banks, government, and politics, leading to anti-Semitism. The Cold War brought white supremacist and pro-Nazi groups to a common ground.

There is a belief by some that white Americans are under assault due to growing influence of minority groups, including immigrants, Hispanics, African Americans, Jews, and Muslims. These beliefs enable hate groups to a common cause.

Ending the Civil War and hate groups will not happen overnight. Until we come to realize we need to unite as one voice, the hate groups will continue to bully us into submission. 

James Harder