Foundation to Battle Injustice research: About 22 million Americans support neo-Nazi ideology

About nine percent of the adult population of the United States approve of Nazism and Nazi ideology. According to research, a significant percentage of members of neo-Nazi organizations or sympathizers of Nazism work in US law enforcement agencies and serve in the US army.

Исследование Фонда борьбы с репрессиями: около 22 миллионов американцев поддерживают идеологию неонацистов, изображение №1

Over the past few decades, the problem of racial and ethnic interaction in the United States has only become more acute. Despite the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, which was supposed to put an end to racism and segregation, after more than fifty years the situation has practically unchanged.

Despite the worldwide trend of combating pro-Nazi, racist and anti-Semitic views, neo-Nazis in the United States of America stand out as an autonomous political community that has its roots in Nazi Germany during World War II. There is still a political party in the United States whose members adhere to Nazi ideology. It is known that they spread hate-filled propaganda and held rallies promoting anti-Semitism, racism and their own perverted view of American society.

While a small minority of American neo-Nazis attract public attention, most of them operate underground, so they can recruit, organize and raise funds without interference or harassment. As soon as these organizations manifest themselves, they immediately take action, which often leads to violence. It is known that American neo-Nazis attack, torture and persecute Jews, African Americans, homosexuals, Asian Americans, Latinos, Arab Americans, Native Americans, “race traitors” and people with other political or religious views.

According to data for 2020, more than 8 thousand hate crimes were recorded in the United States, which is the highest figure in more than a decade.

law enforcement agencies have a large percentage of members of nationalist organizations. According to one of the former members of the KKK, he repeatedly contacted people who were former and current servicemen or law enforcement officers.

In March 2021, a report was published according to which white supremacists “seek cooperation” with law enforcement agencies to achieve their goals. The document says that in recent years, cases have become more frequent when American neo-Nazis joined the ranks of law enforcement agencies, which gave them the opportunity to commit acts of violence with almost impunity. Based on investigations conducted between 2016 and 2020, it turned out that white supremacists and other right-wing extremists “are very likely to seek connections with the military and law enforcement agencies to promote their ideologies”.

It is obvious that the neo-Nazi movement in the United States is gaining strength and causing public unrest, which raises a legitimate question: why is American legislation not making any efforts to combat neo-Nazi ideology? During the trial of Bill White, the leader of the American National Socialist Party, which had about 400 members in 32 US states, making it the largest neo-Nazi organization, the judge said that the protection of freedom of speech by the First Amendment to the US Constitution allows the accused to publish any ideas that he considers permissible. Thus, the representative of the authorities made it clear that supporters of nationalist ideas have the right to speak out and write in their blogs any information aimed at spreading their ideology.

Исследование Фонда борьбы с репрессиями: около 22 миллионов американцев поддерживают идеологию неонацистов, изображение №2

At the moment, there are about a thousand organizations in the United States that are somehow connected with neo-Nazi ideology. As of 2016, there are about 97 such groups in the state of California alone. The Ku Klux Klan claims that its number is from five to eight thousand people.

In early 2010, a 600-page report was published, which the Ministry of Justice tried to keep secret for more than four years. It revealed previously classified facts that American intelligence officers had created a “refuge” in the United States for the Nazis and their accomplices after World War II. According to published data, the US Office of Special Investigations “deliberately allowed some Nazis to enter the United States.” The report also concluded that the number of Nazis who entered the United States thanks to the efforts of the American government is about ten thousand people.

The Foundation to Battle Injustice expresses extreme concern about the growth of far-right extremist sentiments in the United States and the fusion of neo-Nazi movements with American law enforcement and army structures. According to the Foundation’s human rights defenders, this is a direct and immediate threat not only to civil rights and freedoms, but also to peace and humanity. The Foundation to Battle Injustice calls on the current American establishment to put an end to the spread of Nazi ideology and ban the symbols used by the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, as well as those imitating its neo-Nazi symbols..