A Year After Charlottesville: White Supremacism, America, and the Jews

One year after Charlottesville, what is the state of the white supremacist movement in America today? How does anti-Jewish hatred animate the white supremacist movement, and how can Jews and our allies act most effectively to fight hate?


  • Oren Segal, Director of the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism


  • White supremacy is more than a collection of prejudices; it is a complete ideology that can be as deeply-held as religious beliefs.

  • Through the Civil Rights era, white supremacist ideology focused on the perceived need to maintain the dominance of the white race in the United States. Today, white supremacist ideology tends to focus on the notion that the white race itself is now threatened with imminent extinction, doomed—unless white supremacists take action—by a rising tide of people of color who are being controlled and manipulated by Jews. Jews are seen as the puppeteers in the white supremacist worldview, and non-white peoples as the puppets. 

  • White supremacists in the United States focus on African-Americans as a racial enemy secondary only to Jews. White supremacists claim that black people are the main tools used in Jewish efforts to weaken or attack the white race.
  • White supremacists view multi-racial couples and families as a particularly heinous crime and offense—one that has spurred deadly hate crimes by white supremacists—in part because white supremacists view such couples and families as visual evidence of the future extinction of the white race. 

  • Latinos increasingly attract white supremacist attention and hatred. American white supremacists are well aware of demographic changes in the United States, which they typically portray as an “invasion.” 

  • LGBTQ people, to them, are “Sodomites” and “degenerates” who seek to weaken the white race.

  • Non-white Muslims are perceived as primitive and savage, while the religion itself is portrayed as an existential threat to western civilization. American white supremacists applaud the efforts of their far right counterparts in various European countries to rail against Muslim refugees and immigrants.

  • There is a robust symbiosis between misogyny and white supremacy as well. While not all misogynists are racists, the alt right segment of the white supremacist movement possesses its own distinct subculture, derived especially from the misogynists of the so-called “manosphere” and from online discussion forums.

Select Resources: 

White Supremacist Propaganda Nearly Doubles on Campus in 2017-18 Academic Year

Since September 1, 2016, ADL has recorded 478 incidents of white supremacist propaganda appearing on college and university campuses. These campaigns have targeted 287 college campuses in 47 states and the District of Columbia. The propaganda, which ranges from veiled white supremacist language to explicitly racist images and words, often includes a recruitment element, and frequently attacks minority groups including Jews, Blacks, Muslims, non-white immigrants and the LGBT community.

Anti-Semitic Targeting of Journalists During the 2016 Presidential Campaign

With the release of this landmark report, ADL unveiled the extent to which the 2016 presidential election cycle has exposed journalists to anti-Semitic abuse on Twitter.

Anti-Semitism on Full Display in Charlottesville

Alongside the racism, nativism and xenophobia on display at Unite the Right, the event was also an expression of the animating power of anti-Semitism.