Strain, Hate, and Christianity in White Supremacist Web Sites

Jarrod Hindmon, Portland State University

ABSTRACT
Organized white supremacy movements have existed in the U.S. since just after the Civil War, and have survived into the Twenty-first Century. With the explosition of the computer age and the revolutionary incorporation of the Internet in peoples lives, the subculture of hate has adopted a new medium to propagate rhetoric to a wider audience than ever before. Using the Internet to evaluate the content of recognized hate sites, I examine how hate groups reinforce and promote group ideology using Christianity on the Internet. Using Strain Theory, I explore how supremacists express strain in the content of their web sites. I also evaluate to what extent Christianity, or Christian Identity, is incorporated into the rhetoric and ideology of the various groups using the Internet.

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