- White supremacist extremists believe in the inherent superiority of the white race. They seek to establish dominance over non-whites through violence.
- There are five major subgroups within the white supremacist extremist movement: neo-Nazis, racist skinheads, groups that emerged countering African American civil and equal rights, Christian Identity members, and prison gangs.
- White supremacist extremists recruit through diverse means such as leafleting, racist music, and social events. In the last two years, white supremacist extremist organizations have become more overt by hosting conferences, organizing rallies, publishing official statements, and establishing think tanks.
Threat to New Jersey: Moderate
White supremacist extremists are active in New Jersey, committing crimes, distributing propaganda to recruit new members, and intimidating minority populations. In 2017, an NJOHSP review revealed white supremacist extremists were active in 14 of the State’s 21 counties, with at least eight distinct groups identified. Although active, these groups remain somewhat unorganized and relatively small in their membership.
- New Jersey authorities have arrested organized white supremacist extremist crime rings, including Aryan Strikeforce members in April 2017 and Atlantic City Skinheads (AC Skins) in March 2016. Despite these criminal network disruptions, lone offenders identifying with the extremist ideology continue to be involved in criminal activity. On December 29, authorities arrested an AC Skin for possession of illegal weapons and narcotics in Galloway Township (Atlantic County).
- In 2017, white supremacist organizations have attempted to recruit members on at least eight occasions and distributed leaflets throughout neighborhoods and on college campuses in Burlington, Camden, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Morris counties. Higher education institutions across the state have reported white supremacist recruitment efforts, including County College of Morris (Morris County), Stockton University (Atlantic County), and Rutgers University, New Brunswick (Middlesex County).
- White supremacist extremists placed racist and threatening fliers targeting minorities at multiple locations across New Jersey in 2017. In July, an unknown suspect hung a Vanguard America banner with an anti-Semitic message over a Holocaust memorial in Lakewood Township (Ocean County). In February 2017, authorities discovered two fliers aimed at intimidating Muslim and Latino students at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus (Middlesex County).
White Supremacists and the Internet
Following violent events involving white supremacists, domain registrars and social media companies have begun removing white supremacist extremist content from the Internet, forcing adherents of this ideology to find refuge on foreign servers and less-regulated platforms.
- In August, domain registrar GoDaddy revoked the registration of a popular neo-Nazi commentary website after its self-proclaimed white supremacist founder wrote an article mocking the vehicle-ramming victim at the protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. A GoDaddy spokesman stated, the “article could incite additional violence, which violates our terms of service.”
- In October, social media platform Reddit removed neo-Nazi subreddits, or communities of interest, after updating its policy to suspend any content that “encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence.” In December, Twitter suspended multiple white supremacist extremists’ accounts due to a new policy aimed at reducing “hateful and abusive content on Twitter.”
- After a popular neo-Nazi news and commentary website was kicked off its domain, its self-proclaimed white supremacist founder used VK, a Russian social media platform similar to Facebook, to direct supporters to a dark web version of the website hosted on a hidden server only accessible through the Tor network.