Hate In America: A Closer Look Into Lone Wolves

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WRITTEN BY: Dominique Quarles
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Racism, hate, and bigotry continue to cripple our country. CNN journalist Tony Harris investigates the horrifying homegrown threats that plague many communities. He captivates his audience with a heartfelt piece on the different acts that have taken place in America called Lone Wolf attacks.

A lone wolf is a radicalized individual who acts on their own conscious to attack another person or group of people. These attacks are motivated in one sense by the lone wolves hatred for how they are treated. In another sense, it can be spawned by hatred for a group of people based on their identity, gender, race, and ethnicity.

The documentary follows Tony Harris and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as they investigate the rise of this deadly threat. According to Harris, there have been more than 60 incidents of domestic terrorism orchestrated by lone wolves. This averages out to one incident approximately every 34 days.

The SPLC was born in Montgomery, Alabama, which is known as the birth place of the civil rights movement. Founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin, Jr. in 1971, with a plan to gain exposure of how and why certain people have a growing intolerance for others. The SPLC goal is to track and expose the activities of hate groups.

The SPLC has identified an overwhelming number of 892 hate groups in the U.S. alone. From neo-Nazis, Anti-Semites to Klansman groups that target the LGBTQ community, there is one thing these groups seem to agree on and that is to divide society through bigotry, hate, and violence.

Hate of America focuses on three specific attacks orchestrated by lone wolves. Harris specifically examines the anti-Semitic attack at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2009, the ambush of two police officers and a bystander by anti-government extremists in Las Vegas in 2014, and the 2015 massacre of nine people during a prayer meeting in a historic black church located in Charleston. He will attempt to unravel the psychology behind the twisted minds of the shooters. Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC Intelligence Project, says that in the simplest of terms, lone wolves usually become radicalized in some way into an ideology and then after they purchase that weapon or create that bomb, the lone wolves then commit the attack.

Hate of America does an exceptional job to highlighting how hate is driven by the views and beliefs of individuals. According to a 2015 Intelligence Report by the SPLC, the number of extremist groups operating domestically has grown over 14 percent from 2014. These threats continue to dismantle the progress that our government makes in protecting us. A lone wolf can look like us, talk like us and act normal in our presence. At anytime they can attack and we will have a hard time detecting it.

Darshay K. Lampley is a Broadcast Journalism major and Creative Writing minor at Jacksonville State University. Upon graduating, she anticipates a lucrative career in the entertainment industry. Darshay is an entertainment journalist, on-air radio personality, and is currently writing her first book. Darshay believes that her ambition along with her strong faith in God will lead her down the pathway to success. "God is within her, she will not fail." Psalm 46:5

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