White Supremacist Extremists

  • White supremacist extremists believe in the inherent superiority of the white race. They seek to establish dominance over non-whites through violence.
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  • There are five major subgroups within the white supremacist movement, including neo-Nazis, racist skinheads, “traditional” white supremacists, Christian Identity members, and prison gangs. White supremacist prison gangs accept recruits from any of these subgroups to bolster membership. Additionally, white supremacists have developed ties to the outlaw motorcycle gang subculture because of a significant overlap in ideology and criminal interest.
  • White supremacists recruit through diverse means such as leafleting, racist music, social events, and online recruitment. According to the George Washington Program on Extremism, followers of major white supremacist Twitter accounts increased from 3,542 in 2012 to 25,406 in 2016. 

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White supremacist groups continue to demonstrate a propensity for violence, lack organization, and diverse recruitment methods.

  • In 2011, two members of the Aryan Terror Brigade and a member of the Atlantic City Skins assaulted two Middle Eastern men in Sayreville (Middlesex County). The Anti-Defamation League claims that 77 percent of extremist-related murders in the United States since 2005 involved white supremacists.
  • Lone offenders represent the most likely perpetrators of white supremacist violence. In June 2015, Dylann Roof killed nine individuals at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. His manifesto cited the lack of organized white supremacist activity outside online spaces as a motivating factor for his attack. In January, Roof was sentenced to death.

  • In 2015, white supremacist organizations attempted to recruit members on at least six occasions and distributed leaflets throughout neighborhoods in Bergen, Burlington, Middlesex, and Monmouth counties. Universities across the country have reported white supremacist recruitment efforts, including at Rutgers University-New Brunswick (Middlesex County).

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  • An NJOHSP survey to all Counterterrorism Coordinators in New Jersey identified white supremacists’ presence in at least nine of the 21 counties over the last year. Groups identified include the Atlantic City Skinheads, the Advanced White Society, Aryan Nation, the League of American Patriots, Blood and Honour USA/Combat18/Aryan Strike Force/Aryan Terror Brigade, the Hammerskins, the Ku Klux Klan, the National Socialist Movement, Sharp Skins, skinheads, and the White Aryan Resistance.
  • In March 2016, a New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice undercover operation involving white supremacist gangs in Atlantic City (Atlantic County) led to the arrests of 12 men on charges of racketeering.

  • In April 2011, between 50-100 white supremacists attended a National Socialist Movement rally at the State House in Trenton (Mercer County); however, counter-protesters outnumbered demonstrators and included members of the New Black Panther Party and the anarchist Anti-Racist Action Network.



For more information, please contact NJOHSP's Analysis Bureau at analysis@njohsp.gov or 609-584-4000.