How Social Distancing Could Lead to a Spike in White Nationalism

May 26, 2020

“We are seeing a huge uptick” in rhetoric from hate groups during the pandemic, said one expert on a call with the SPLC

Anti-extremism experts are “quite concerned” about hateful rhetoric spiking in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — not just because of a rise in anti-Asian sentiment related to the virus, but also due to people in self-quarantine being more exposed to extremist movements online.

During a call with reporters to discuss the findings of the annual Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) “Year in Hate” report, anti-extremism experts spoke at length about their concerns about violent white-nationalist rhetoric mounting in the midst of the pandemic, fueled in part by actions taken by the Trump administration.

Hear that, as long as you have “experts”, you can race bait and fear monger about anything!


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