8.18.2009

Distrustful of government, upset about race, militias rise again in America

Analysts, new report warn of real danger of violence inside America

by Jesse Muhammad
Final Call Newspaper Staff Writer

(FinalCall.com) - Is having a Black man rise to the highest position in the United States, a Latina appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and census predictions showing minorities gaining numerical superiority in the next 50 years among factors that have caused resurgence in an anti-government movement filled with angry Whites?

A report from the Southern Poverty Law Center reveals a growth in angry White militia operations saturated throughout the Deep South, Northwest and Midwest parts of the country.

“Not since the 90s has there been such a large presence of anti-government militias in this country like there is today,” Mark Potok told The Final Call. Mr. Potok is a staff director at SPLC and also co-wrote the report.

“This resurgence is dangerous and directly related to us having a Black man as president, period,” Doug Pennington, of a national gun control group, told The Final Call. “If any other reason is given, I would have to be convinced. Just look at how people are bringing weapons to the healthcare town hall meetings.”

In April, Department of Homeland Security officials warned in a report that right-wing extremists could use the declining U.S. economy and the election of the country's first Black president to increase membership. Recruiters have penetrated social networking sites such as YouTube and Facebook.

“Rightwing extremist groups' frustration over aperceived lack of government action on illegal immigration has the potential to incite individuals or small groups toward violence. If such violence were to occur, it likely would be isolated, small-scale, and directed at specific immigration-related targets,” warned Homeland Security officials.

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