Why do people become involved in white nationalism?

Young people become involved in white nationalism for a variety of reasons, including:

  • to escape problems at home;
  • for excitement;
  • to feel better about themselves; and
  • for protection.

Sometimes, people might become involved because they make friends with others who are involved at a time when they are looking for a sense of belonging and friendship.

White nationalists use the internet to increase membership and spread ideas. They convert new members by concealing their racist and violent beliefs, which only become apparent later.