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Hate on the Right

Right-Wing Political Groups and Hate Speech

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Michael Waltman

This book examines the ways that hatred comes alive in language and discourse. It asks whether much of the discourse on the political right – that which attacks their enemies – is hate speech. Extending Michael Waltman’s previous work on hate speech, this book examines the discourse and language produced by a variety of right-wing groups and attempts to determine the homology that exists among their discourses. These groups, which include the racist right wing, the political right wing, the Christian right wing, and the paramilitary right wing, are examined respectively through the lenses of the film White Apocalypse, the book Atlas Shrugged, the Left Behind trilogy of movies, and the web pages maintained by the Republic of the United States of America and the National Rifle Association. The author looks at the discourses of hate produced in these seminal texts in order to identify a homology of exclusion that unites the forms of right-wing extremism, giving them a common frame of reference when confronting social and political challenges.
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Chapter 2: White Apocalypse: Camouflaging Hate Speech Among The Discourses of the Right

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WHITE APOCALYPSE: CAMOUFLAGING HATE SPEECH AMONG THE DISCOURSES OF THE RIGHT

Introduction

Racist novels are texts that use the narrative structure to communicate a hateful worldview to readers. Compelling plot lines can capture a reader’s imagination. Narrative heroes can be placed in circumstances that allow them to reveal valued personae and perform heroic and admirable actions. Villains may offer important contrasts to heroes and may exemplify undesirable qualities that readers should avoid. Readers may learn how the positive attributes of heroes result in positive consequences for the hero and his community. Similarly, readers may learn how the undesirable qualities of the villain may result in negative consequences for the hero and his/her community. In brief, there are a variety of lessons that authors may teach through these narratives.

Racist novels have played an important role in the development of the hate movement in the United States and internationally. Specifically, they have been an important means by which authors communicate the beliefs and ideology of the hate movement to readers. As readers learn to identify with heroes and the story line, the novel may make those beliefs and ideological elements influential and compelling. Research has found that ← 9 | 10 → racist novels may help to create a collective memory for those in the hate movement, may be a recruiting tool for the hate movement, and may be used to instruct readers about desirable racist identities (Waltman & Davis, 2005; Waltman & Haas, 2010;...

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