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Old news is new news?

May 2, 2009

Far-Right Recruiting Drive from 2001.

“Our people are becoming more radical, but they’re becoming more smart,” says Tom Metzger, the 63-year-old founder of the hate group White Aryan Resistance, who is considered one of the patriarchs of the racist right.

Devin Burghart of the Chicago-based Center for New Community, which tracks white nationalist activity in the Midwest, says the hate groups had already changed tactics.

“They’re focused on building a base, building a constituency, and you can’t do that when you’re blowing stuff up. That’s the lesson they learned from the militia movement,” says Burghart. The lesson they are learning from the Sept. 11 attacks, it seems, is that building a constituency can be easier when someone else is blowing things up.

Different people have different passions. I guess that being passionate about being a progressive comes from the stories I was told of my Southern grandfather, a man who had several demons, but in many ways was ahead of his time. A man of great intellect, he was passionate about things like science and human rights.  He risked his life on more than one occasion to prevent harm to others because of the color of their skin.

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