WHY WE STILL NEED TO TALK ABOUT AMERICAN EXTREMISM

Of all of the issues facing the United States in 2017, extremism has come back into the American consciousness thanks to a resurgence of hate crimes and extremist activities. Extremism in the United States has seen a renaissance in activity over the last few years. The numbers of hate groups spiked in opposition to the election of Obama in 2008 and galvanized by the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Neo-Confederate groups tripled the number of their groups in 2016 according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.1 While these groups are not nearly as powerful as they once were in their heyday of the 1960’s, extremism within the United States will remain a relevant topic so long as political violence and terrorism exist within our society.

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