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Introduction

  • Adam Klein
Chapter

Abstract

The rise of Internet extremism is introduced through the story of Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old admirer of hate websites whose virtual words of bigotry graduated into deadly action in 2015 when he killed nine parishioners at a historic Black church. Roof’s story illustrates the disturbing trend of digital hate culture that has been advancing online since the late 1990s, infiltrating mainstream networks. Today, racist groups, extremists, terrorists, and unhinged fanatics have spread across the Internet, flourishing in this space where they now host over 30,000 websites and profiles. Klein establishes how hate in all forms—white nationalist, black separatist, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, anti-Muslim, anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), and xenophobic militias—have proficiently adapted their agendas into the user-friendly virtual world, slowly legitimizing extremism and corrupting political discourse.

Keywords

Affirmative Action Hate Crime Hate Speech Syrian Refugee White Supremacist 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam Klein
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  1. 1.Department of Communication StudiesPace UniversityNew York City, NYUSA

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