When you think of liberal states, Connecticut jumps right to mind. You know, it’s just so full of tree-hugging social justice warriors and kids wearing flower crowns. On the surface, yes, it appears that way. However, it’s not all flowers and sunshine. Connecticut is also home to several prolific hate groups.
Considering what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, we as a nation can easily say these hate groups can go pound sand. When people fly the Nazi flag on American soil, you know something is very wrong with our country. And our people.
You cannot call yourself a Nazi and also a proud American. We literally had a war over that. The whole world was involved.
However, it’s not just Nazis who contributed to the chaos. White supremacists and the KKK also rallied at the violent event that killed 1 and injured 19 others. Two responding police officers also died.
But an event like that can easily happen here. Make no mistake about it.
Out of the 917 professed hate groups operating in America, four operate in Connecticut.
CNN identified these groups as ACT for America, National Socialist Movement, New Black Panther Party for Self Defense, White Lives Matter- CT.
True, that’s a pretty diverse cast of hate groups. Also, some appear surprising even. But, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, they all have one thing in common.
They all share “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”
Here’s a breakdown of what made these four organizations qualify as hate groups.
Let’s start with the National Socialist Movement. When you think “socialist,” most likely Bernie Sanders comes to mind. Along with birds, flower crowns, prayer circles, and calls for pace. Along with spending other people’s money.
So, this group earned its stripes because, “The group is notable for its violent anti-Jewish rhetoric, its racist views and its policy allowing members of other racist groups to join NSM while remaining members of other groups.”
Yeah, that doesn’t sound like the crowd of kids chanting for killing capitalism.
So, what about ACT for America? Well, this group is, “The largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in America.” Nice. Good to know, right?
So, what about the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense? The SPLC had nothing nice to say about this group. Apparently, they’re a “virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers.”
The group classifies as being a black separatist organization, as well. These groups are like the reverse KKK and white supremacists. But, they believe in a country only for black people while disparaging interracial marriage.
So, onto White Lives Matter-CT. Basically, it’s a group of neo-Nazis. Th SPLC says they operate on a belief that they can “create a new world for white people.”
So, if you’re more perturbed by the New Black Panther Party and not White Lives Matter, you’re not paying attention. Because that means the violence in Virginia could very well happen here.
While Connecticut can enjoy that it has significantly less hate groups than most other states, it’s still an issue. And it could blossom into an even larger problem as some of these groups feel emboldened by what happened in Virginia.
Not to mention we’ve already had some racist activity in the state, as evidence by the Hartford Courant. Fairfield County grappled with an abundance of white supremacy fliers over the past few months.
I have to say this, those who believe white people will become extinct or something are cowards. Because they see minorities rising up and demanding the same rights we, as white people, enjoy on the daily a bad thing. Because, somehow, that translates into a fear of white people eventually being treated as minorities are now.
If you harbor that fear, you’re part of the problem. Plain and simple.
Because, let’s be real, if a minority group achieves the same privilege as white people, their first call to action won’t be: Cool, let’s enslave white people!
Plus, those who do fantasize about that are also part of the problem. And, thankfully, they don’t represent the majority of their community.
Either way, America needs to do quite a bit of soul searching to find its heart again. Because we cannot tolerate instances like Charlottesville. Ever. Especially by our political leaders.