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Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right, Cynthia Miller-Idriss

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently identified “domestic violent extremists,” and specifically “racially/ethnically motivated violent extremists,” as the “top threat” in the United States. FBI director Christopher Wray said that 2019 was the deadliest year for such violence since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, a year in which we saw notable examples of far-right violence, such as the shootings in El Paso, Pittsburgh, and Southern California. Taking these and other acts of far-right violence as a starting point, Cynthia Miller-Idriss’s Hate in the Homeland asks us to focus not just on “why and how” far-right radicalization occurs, but also on “where and when” (p. 3).

When we think about “far-right radicalization,” the images that come to mind may involve the glow of a computer screen in an otherwise dark room, as a lonely young person finds connections on extremist websites. Miller-Idriss argues that while online radicalization is an important pathway, we need to consider offiine radicalization as well. Several “ordinary spaces” where radicalization occurs are featured, including mixed martial arts gyms and college campuses (p. 3).

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