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ERIC Number: EJ759470
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-24
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Internet Postings Linked to Student Highlight Interest in "Hate Groups": Experts Say Recruitment Efforts Targeting School-Age Youths
Cavanagh, Sean
Education Week, v24 n29 p11-12 Mar 2005
In an Internet forum run by the Libertarian National Socialist Green Party, an organization espousing neo-Nazi views, Jeff Weise made his comments about the group in the year leading up to his deadly armed assault at Red Lake High School in Minnesota. The forum lists 34 postings written by the 16-year-old Native American youth. The commentary Mr. Weise is believed to have submitted to the site has drawn renewed attention to the influence of neo-Nazi and other extremist organizations in schools and among teenagers across the country. In this article, the author describes how the activities of "hate groups" have increased interest in such organizations among students in recent years, as well as an effort by those secretive communities to appeal to the precollegiate age group. According to Randy Blazak, an associate professor of sociology at Portland State University, extremists have modified their message to teenagers in recent years from outright advocacy of racism to a more subtle emphasis on the loss of ethnic identity in an increasingly diverse American society. These themes pervade the Internet postings believed to have been written by Mr. Weise.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota