How to spot a white nationalist
You may not be sure if what a white nationalist looks like or how they organise. Start by using our guide on how to spot a white nationalist to help you work out whether one of your clients, students or community members is involved.
You may be a teacher, youth worker, social worker, police officer or in another role where you deal with the public on a daily basis. Understandably as a community worker you want to help the person who has been indoctrinated but also prevent other people from becoming involved. Information for Community workers may help you.
How to help a friend escape from a white power group
If you have a friend who is becoming involved in white nationalism, try to talk to them about their beliefs. There are a lot of points on this website that can help you think about what to say in that discussion, and we are updating the website regularly with new information. If you have a question you’d like us to answer, please contact us.
As a concerned person, you play a very important role. Sometimes when people are feeling low they are more likely to let themselves be influenced by people with extreme views, or get sucked into groups that are not good for them. Try to encourage your friend to stay away from these people – even online – and instead try to be a good friend who cares enough to hang out and provide support when they need you. Try to get your friend to become involved in other activities that you can enjoy together (such as sports, movies, catching up with friends, etc.).
Applying gentle pressure on your friend to leave white nationalism may mean the difference between them becoming an extremist and becoming a productive member of society. Continue to support them even after they seem like they’re back to their normal self, because if not they may become involved again if there’s nobody else for them to talk to.
If you can’t do this, you could suggest to your friend that they speak to a counsellor. A counsellor will be able to have a conversation with your friend without judging them. Your friend can find a counsellor by visiting their GP and asking for a referral.
Whatever you decide to do, always remain safe. If your friend threatens you or somebody else with violence you should contact the police.
How to leave a white power group
If you’re keen to leave a white nationalist group then you’ve probably already realised that the consequences of staying are a lot worse than the consequences of leaving.
Despite that, it’s important that you look after yourself and ensure that you can stay away by:
- Asking your GP for a referral to a counsellor. A counsellor can discuss what’s happening without judging you and will help you to work out the next steps to take.
- Making new friends who don’t have extremist views. You could start by attending a religious group, sporting group, interest group (such as a science fiction or computing interest group, a local book club at your library, or somewhere else where you can meet new people who have something in common with you), or enroll in a class at a vocational college or TAFE.
There are many people who used to belong to white nationalist groups but they decided to leave these groups. These people have now changed their lives completely and many of them have told their stories, like the founders of Life After Hate.
If you have been involved with a white nationalist group, even on the periphery, and want to tell us your story please get in touch.
I have information about a threat of violence from a white nationalist
If a person involved in white nationalism has threatened you or somebody you know, or if you see or hear something that just doesn’t feel right, please:
- report it to your local police station; or
- report it to the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00.