Fear, anger and frustration. These are three themes that run throughout all hate groups.
Most hate groups form during times of economic hardship or social change. Certain groups of
people begin to blame another group for the reason of a major social or economical change.
After the Civil War, the South suffered from both economic hardship and drastic social
For centuries, the south had relied on slaves to harvest crops at plantations. When the
slaves were freed, the plantations werent being worked on anymore, causing the owners to loose
a lot of money. When this happened, six former Confederate soldiers started a hate group called
the Ku Klux Klan. During the post-Civil War era, the Klan was very popular among southern
whites. Their ignorance was feeding the fire that blacks were the root of their problem, when in
reality the whites ignorance is the root of their own problems.
The Klan has since died down and risen numerous times with the start of many social
changes such as the womens rights movement (1920s) and the civil rights movement (1960s).
Another large and devastating hate group is the neo-Nazis. These working-class people
blame all immigrants for taking jobs away from the whites. Their ignorance pushes them so far
as to violently attack and kill blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Asians, and homosexuals.
Hate Crimes Essay can happen anytime, anywhere. In a small Texas town of Jasper, Texas, 3
white men are under heavy guard after being accused of a murder of an innocent man. Shawn
Berry,23, Lawrence Brewer,31, and John King, 23, allegedly members of the extremist Aryan
Brotherhood, dragged a black man to his death behind a pick-up truck, ripping his body to
James Byrd, Jr., a 49 year-old, former vacuum cleaner salesman disabled by an arm
injury, was walking home from a party celebrating the wedding of his niece, when he was picked
up by the three white men, who offered him a ride. According to Berry, who informed on his
two companions, they drove to an isolated wood, and King was alleged to have said that he was
fixing to scare the s**t out of that n****r. James Byrd was beaten and kicked by the three
white men. Seemingly unconscious, he was chained by the ankles to a hook on the back of the
truck, which then pulled him about two miles along a narrow, winding asphalt road. His
belongings, a wallet and keys, were scattered in his wake, along with dentures and parts of his
The torso was found in a creek. Close by, empty beer cans were scattered on the grass.
James Byrds head, neck and right arm were discovered a mile away.
Hate crimes are not always committed against minorities. In Las Vegas, two Anti-Racist
Action members were murdered. According to reports in the Las Vegas Review-Journal and
from Anti-Racist Action in Columbus, the bodies of Daniel Shersty, 20, and Lin Newborn, 25,
were found in the desert 150 yards from each other.
The bodies were located in an area of the
desert known for a place where Nazis target shoot. The two men were murdered in execution
Sometimes these horrible crimes occur within ones own family. On the night of March
5, David and Bryan Freeman decided it was time to act. Time to act on the new beliefs they had
learned. Time to prove to their new friends that they were real soldiers of the racial war they
were told was coming.
On that Sunday night, hate came to the Freeman house. The boys, ages
15 and 17, ambushed their mother in the downstairs hallway, stabbing and clubbing her until she
died. Then they went upstairs and did the same to their dad while he lay in his bed. Their little
brother Erik, 11, was asleep when the older brothers entered his room and beat him to death as
What would make people commit such horrendous crimes such as these? Why dont you
ask Mark Thomas, a fascist organizer who operates a ministry for racists in eastern
Pennsylvania. It was at this Aryan Nations of Pennsylvania where the Freeman brothers were
taught by Mark Thomas that it was O.
K. to hate. The brothers, along with hundreds of others
attended a Hitler Youth Festival last April where Mark Thomas taught them weapons skills on a
rifle range and other things of the sort. As a self declared reverend, Mark Thomas teaches a
twisted religious known