Hate in the homeland

Jun 7, 2019

The mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue and the killing of activist Heather Heyer at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, are reminders that hate crimes are on the rise in the U.S. This episode surveys the state of the hate movement in America, tracing how it has evolved since the election of Donald Trump in 2016 and looking ahead to 2020. The first segment includes a discussion with Megan Squire, a professor of computer science at Elon University who’s been studying efforts to de-platform hate sites on the web. She says that despite attempts to silence sites that espouse extreme believes, they usually find a way to stay online. Also, Al Letson explores how comic books are being used by the far right to spread its message of white supremacy and win converts.