What are the terms and conditions of being a part of a white supremacy group? Is it really just a way to meet other like-minded people, or do the groups have some hidden agendas? If you knew all the terms and conditions from the start would you still sign up?
On a first read of white supremacy group pages they present themselves as a welcoming place where you can socialise and make friends. A place where you can find brothers and be part of a like-minded family that enjoys a good Aussie BBQ and a beer or two.
But is belonging in a white supremacy group that simple?
All of the white supremacy groups have an expectation that you will constantly prove your loyalty and commitment to them or you can’t remain a member. They expect you to prioritise their events, no matter what else is happening in your life.
“If you live in a city with an SCHS [Southern Cross Hammerskins] presence you will be required to attend all SCHS gatherings and meetings.”
They dictate who you can be friends with and what you can be interested in
“Generally the first thing we do is see where else you’ve been on the internet, what you’ve been posting on other websites, and who your friends are.”
“You will be expected to be the friend of our friends and the foe to our foes.”
They have levels of membership and pre-requisites you have to meet before you are able to fully belong.
“It is to be understood that the SCHS is not for everyone. We are a tight knit group who have a code that may be difficult for some to attain.”
While it might not seem like a big deal doing something like going to a BBQ when you don’t want to, white supremacy groups start out with including you on social things then escalate in their expectations/demands which you have to do if you want to continue being a member of their group. These things can include acts of violence and illegal activities which could land you in jail and leave you with a criminal record. For example, white supremacists in Australia have been carried out vandalism, and been convicted for race-hate bashings. An example of the extremes to which this can lead comes from South Africa where a white supremacist leader has been sentenced to 35 years in jail after plotting to kill Nelson Mandela.
The fact is, white supremacy groups wait until you’re fully involved in their group before you find out what’s really involved in belonging to them. By then it’s too late to get out. You’re cut off from friends and family and your whole life is based on belonging to their group. You either do what they are asking, or face being expelled from the group.
White supremacy groups expect their members to “Strive to make the world a better place with the 14 words”. But how are members expected to achieve this? Is it achieved only through BBQ’s and music festivals, like the websites would have you believe? Why don’t they tell people upfront what else is involved? Why can’t a person find out more details about what’s involved in belonging to a white supremacy group by reading the group’s webpage? The reality is, you can’t find out information about white supremacy group activities until they want you to. And by then they are able to manipulate you into doing things you may not actually want to do.