Musings —06.20.2015 04:46 PM—
I’ve written a couple of books about extremists on the Left and the Right. Along the way, I’ve noticed a few shared characteristics of the extremists – the terrorists, really – on both sides of the ideological spectrum.
The manifesto of the Charleston killer – I refuse to use his name – is here. It is standard neo-Nazi fare. Reading it, however, reminded me again of the demographics of hate, whether it is ISIS or the Aryan Nations.
The ones who commit violence in the name of hate are almost always this:
• Young men, between late teens and late thirties.
• Failures in relationships with girls, and failures in school and in finding work.
• From families that aren’t always broken – but from families where the parents almost always have little involvement in the young man’s life.
• Angry at everything, because they felt they were owed something more.
• Looking for a new “family” to which they can belong.
And, along come older men, practiced in the ideology of hate. These older men offer the angry young men a family – along with a uniform, and an ideology, and a secret society, one to which only a chosen few can belong. These older men rarely get their hands dirty. But they teach the younger ones to terrorize, and maim, and kill. Happens everywhere, all the time.
Want to stop it? Give these young men hope. Give them work. Give them a way forward. Give them a future.
The haters won’t know what hit them.