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From the Archives: September/October 2000

by Stacia M. Brown 04-25-2018
Virtual Hate

HATRED HAS gotten a facelift. With the help of internet technology and cyberspace marketing, once-decrepit organizations like the Ku Klux Klan are regaining their youthful energy and competing for the attention of increasingly educated audiences. ... Behind the virtual makeover hides the same old-fashioned hatred that bigots have always promoted.

The internet has given hate groups ample reason to feel young again. In the United States, online bigots enjoy full protection under the First Amendment and have access to a potentially limitless audience. Webmasters are anonymous and difficult to silence; leaders suffer few consequences for their followers’ actions. And their strategies for organizational growth are beginning to look more corporate than cross-lit. ...

Virtual haters twist scripture into a white-power pretzel. The most common version of their convoluted hermeneutics is “Identity” thought, a theology that uses the Bible to justify racism and to prophesy apocalyptic judgment against non-white, non-Aryan races.

Identity sites are often eye-glazingly similar. Scripture is quoted at great length and with great gusto. Jews are the seen as the “anti-Christ” or “Satan’s seed.” Persons of color are deemed the “Unchosen” or “mud people.” Self-preservation of the white race becomes an imperative for true “Christians,” regardless of the personal costs involved.

This is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in the September/October 2000 issue of Sojourners. Read the full article here.

What Kind of God Do You Have?

by Stacia M. Brown 03-01-2012

Excerpt from Accidents and Providence by Stacia M. Brown, 2012.

Building Hope

by Stacia M. Brown 02-01-2004

Faith-based initiatives tackle the affordable housing crisis.

Swinging Back

by Stacia M. Brown 07-01-2002
Violence in the anti-corporate-globalization movement

Kadd Stephens, 24, longs for "a world free from violence." An anarchist from Washington, D.C., Stephens numbers himself among an increasingly visible group of anti-corporate-globalization activists whose dreams of world peace coexist—critics say illogically—with strategies of violent resistance.

The upswing of anarchist sentiment within the anti-corporate-globalization movement has nonviolent religious activists uneasy. While supporting the aims of the movement—whose concerns range from animal rights to corporate reform and environmentally responsible trade—persons of faith are questioning the assumption of the new anarchists that peaceful ends justify violent means. Some feel the movement has been "hijacked by street tactics," says Robert Collier, who has covered international trade policy for the San Francisco Chronicle.

In criticizing violent activists, however, religious and other nonviolent protesters are coming under fire for their refusal to welcome a "diversity of tactics." Many perceive themselves in a no-win situation. If they embrace the anti-corporate-globalization movement without qualifiers, they compromise their nonviolent commitments; but if they take a stand against violent protests, they risk splintering a transnational coalition for economic, social, and environmental justice.

In response to this dilemma, some nonviolent activists are taking a closer look at the militant new face of activism, hoping to educate themselves and the public about the costs of a pro-violence stance. What motivates some anarchists' rejection of nonviolence in favor of what critics see as little more than random acts of vandalism?

A Passionate Education

by Stacia M. Brown 01-01-2002
Shrimp feasts, rifle training, and jail time: The peaks and perils of growing up with activist parents.

Catalytic Converters

by Stacia M. Brown 07-01-2001

The Veterans of Hope video series profiles nonviolence activists from around the world.

The Kids These Days

by Stacia M. Brown 05-01-2001

For many young people, cynicism and activism can be sides of the same coin.

If the Shoe Fits

by Stacia M. Brown, by Geoff Coelho 03-01-2001
I FOUND YOUR article on "Virtual Hate" (by Stacia Brown, September-October 2000).

Virtual Hate

by Stacia M. Brown 09-01-2000

The Internet has rekindled the zeal and magnified the power of hate groups. What can we do to fight back?

Which Way to the Street

by Stacia M. Brown 08-01-1994
Letter to the Editors

Letter to the Editors