Report: White Nationalist website linked to nearly 100 hate crimes
According to a report released by the Southern Poverty Law Center, people charged with the murders of nearly 100 people are all linked to a single far right white nationalist website.
Stormfront.org says it promotes values of “the embattled white minority.” Users include Anders Behring Breivik, who in 2011, killed 77 people in a Norway massacre.
After a two-year investigation, the SPLC said (pdf) that since Stormfront became one of the first hate sites on the internet in 1995, its registered users have been disproportionately responsible for major killings. The report was released a month early after white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, was accused of killing three people at a Jewish center in Kansas City on Sunday.
“We know that the people who are going to commit the kinds of crimes, like the kinds of crimes Miller committed last weekend, this is where they live,” said Heidi Beirich, report author and a director at the SPLC’s Intelligence Project. The report, released on Thursday, calls Stormfront the “largest hate site in the world” and “a magnet and breeding ground for the deadly and deranged.”
The site has over 286,000 users, but only a small amount are highly active with fewer than 1,800 people logging in daily, the report states.
The SPLC only identified 10 murderers, but researchers think the murderers’ connection to the site shows how it offers a community for people to commit these crimes.
The site was founded by Don Black, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
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