Hate groups are on the rise – as is the violence their members generate. Since the violent marches last August in Charlottesville, Va., white nationalists, neo-Nazis and sovereign militias have moved out of the shadows, spewing messages of hate on the street, in mass media and on the internet. Why do people join violent hate groups, and how do they affect American politics? Moreover, how do they impact the lives of those they hate?
A former member of a violent right-wing extremist group who left that lifestyle and now promotes love will be the featured speaker at a dinner program on Jan. 25, 2018, sponsored by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College.Titled Full of Hate: The Toll of Violent Extremism, the forum will be from 6-8:15 p.m. in the Conference Center at the Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. N.