All the hate groups know that they can only flourish if they continue to recruit new members. Three of the most obvious similarities among hate groups members are their sex, male; their race, Caucasian; and their age, 35 years old or younger. Many people think that the reason young people are willing to join hate groups in high school and in college is that they are uncertain about their own futures. People believe that young people who join hate groups are people with the least education and the least hope for the future in their jobs, family’s and basically there whole lives. For members of the Ku Klux Klan, their main messages of hatred are toward young people. The education of children and babies has been an important part of the Klan activities. It is so bad and wrong that the Ku Klux Klan has even gone so far as to hang out at playgrounds. They look for little boys who play unsupervised. The Klan believes that these boys are potential members of the Klan because their parents do not care enough to watch them play. They feel the child is probably growing up in a dysfunctional family that gives him no attention and they feel when he is older he will follow the Klan because membership in the group will provide him with a strong family structure that his parents never gave him in his own home. Some people say that children need to feel like they have responsibility, and the hate groups give them this responsibility. They can give them a wide range of duties from simple responsibilities like guarding a door, to big responsibilities like organizing recruitment. When they complete the tasks given to them by the group, they feel like they are needed for the survival of the group, and they have purpose in life.
Hate crimes have risen in number during the past five years, and many state governments have tryed to prevent such crimes by passing laws called bias laws. These laws make a crime that is commited by hatred based on the victims race, religion, ethnic background, or sexual orientation a more serious crime than a normal crime. Many people believe that these laws violate the criminals freedom of speech. Many hate group members say that freedom of speech is the right to say or write and even publish someones thoughts, and to express ones self. They also say that this right is guaranteed to all Americans. Some people in organizations who are against these hate groups ask themselves if the first amendment protects all form of expression, like the very serious and hurtful crimes like the burning crosses. The Supreme Court Justices have decided that some kinds of speech are not protected by the Constitution, but the main question still is Does freedom of speech mean freedom to hate? Right now, there are a lot of hate groups that are printing pamphlets and flyers so they can recruit new members. They are also reaching larger audiences through electronic media, such as internet www.resist.com, television, and radio. The hate groups still are using the first amendment to protect themselves from the justice and aint-hate organizations that are trying to make them fall apart.
Hate based on race,