Hate Groups Make Global Connections
Social networking and media tools are helping even hate groups connect globally. For example, Taylor Rose of the Liberty University chapter of the hard-right student group Youth for Western Civilization will appear at an international anti-Islamic demonstration in Germany in early May.
Youth for Western Civilization opposes multiculturalism and “political correctness” on campus. Among its platforms is a strong anti-immigration stance and a mission to “preserve the values of Western civilization.” Founded in 2006 the group has grown to include chapters at institutions like the University of North Carolina, Washing State and Vanderbilt, among others.
The event in Germany is called the “March for Freedom” and, according to reports, organizers reached out to Rose whom they describe as a “representative of the Tea Party” and “chapter chairman of Youth for Western Civilization.”
Rose has been working hard at making international inroads for his message of intolerance. In early April he met in Antwerp with members of the far-right Belgian political party and has been photographed with various right wing extremists in Germany.
Given the push against multiculturalism and globalization from groups like Youth for Western Civilization, it may seem a bit odd that they would reach out into other countries for support and alliance. But for Rose, who is fluent in German and pursuing his B.A. at the Jerry Falwell founded Liberty University in international relations with a minor in strategic intelligence, these kinds of relationships must be intentional and represent a growing savviness by the hard-right of how best to spread their message of intolerance and fear.
photo courtesy of stevecadman via Flickr