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NCJ Number: 207274 Find in a Library
Title: Age of Rage: Young Extremists Find New Targets -- and New Recruits
Journal: Intelligence Report  Issue:114  Dated:Summer 2004  Pages:6-9
Author(s): Bob Moser
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 4
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article notes the increase in hate crimes by teens since September 11 and suggests some possible causes of this trend.
Abstract: The book "Why We Hate," by hate-crime expert Jack Levin, presents data to show that hate crimes perpetrated by juveniles, which were frequent from the mid-1980's to the early 1990's, declined dramatically during the Clinton years; however, since September 11, the number of hate crimes by juveniles has increased sharply and become more brutal than previously. Targets for this violence have included Muslim-Americans, Hispanics, sexual and gender minorities, and the homeless. Although White male teens are the main perpetrators, they also include Hispanic and African-American youth and girls. In another demographic shift, the majority of hate activity now occurs in the suburbs among relatively affluent youth. Although no single factor explains this spread of youth hatred and violence, one of its primary manifestations, White supremacy, has been explained by sociologists Pamela Perry and Randy Blazak in "Shades of White" as rooted in "anomie." This is the term used by Durkheim for the sense of confusion and loss of identity that accompanies rapid social change. As explained by Perry and Blazak, the current anomie experienced by many White teens is framed in the question, "What is the new role of Whites in the multicultural chorus?" Hate groups have tailored their recruitment messages to these frustrated White youth.
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Discrimination against homosexuals; Hate Crimes; Racial discrimination; Racially motivated violence
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