Confronting white nationalism

Confronting white nationalism


recruitment by extremist groups, so if we’re not talking to them about it, someone else is going to.” ((PAUL)) ONE TEACHER CAME TO CENTRAL ILLINOIS TONIGHT TO SOUND THE ALARM ON WHITE NATIONALISM IN SCHOOLS. GOOD EVENING… I’M PAUL CICCHINI. ((JESSICA)) AND I’M JESSICA KUNZ. A TEACHER FROM CHICAGO SPOKE IN CHAMPAIGN ABOUT HOW WHITE NATIONALISTS ARE INDOCTRINATING CHILDREN… AND THE SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR. SHE SAYS IN 2019… IT’S NOT NECESSARILY T- SHIRTS WITH SWASTIKAS AND OTHER HATE SYMBOLS. IT’S PODCASTS… YOUTUBE… AND SHADY WEBSITES. WCIA 3’S JEN LASK WENT TO THE WORKSHOP. JEN – HOW LONG HAS THIS DISCUSSION BEEN IN THE WORKS? ((JEN L)) ORGANIZERS TOLD ME THEY HAD BEEN WORKING ON THIS EVENT FOR A COUPLE MONTHS, BUT IN THE WAKE OF THE RECENT MASS SHOOTINGS IN EL PASO AND DAYTON… IT’S BECOME EVEN MORE URGENT. “White nationalist extremism doesn’t look or recruit the way it used to.” THAT’S WHY NORA FLANAGAN WANTS TO MAKE SURE TEACHERS AND PARENTS KNOW HOW TO LOOK FOR THE SIGNS IN 2019. “It’s not neo- Nazi skinheads, as much as it is inoccuous podcasters, Youtubers and organizations rooted in patriotism or that mock sensitivity.” HER LEAST FAVORITE PHRASE SHE’S HEARD? “WE WERE KIDDING.” “That was actually the response I heard at a school recently when kids made jokes about putting a Jewish kid in the oven.” audience groans. They were kidding. It’s fine.”:07 BUT IT’S NOT FINE – AND IT’S THAT KIND OF POINT OF ENTRY THAT FLANAGAN’S WORRIED ABOUT. “I think about the kid who did it, and I wonder what’s going on. But I also think about every kid who saw it. And also every kid who heard about it. Because by the time one adult has heard about it at the school, at least half the student body knows.” MANY PEOPLE AT THE WORKSHOP WERE TEACHERS LIKE ANN QUACKENBUSH… WHO ARE WORRIED HATEFUL IDEOLOGY COULD BE SEEPING INTO THEIR SCHOOLS. “I feel like teaching 10 and 11- year-olds – I feel like that’s a point where they’re more active on social media, they might become exposed to some things that maybe they don’t understand is white nationalist.” SINAI TEMPLE’S RABBI ALAN COOK… ECHOING THE WORDS OF THE RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN SONG “YOU’VE GOT TO BE CAREFULY TAUGHT.” “You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late, before you are six or seven or eight, to hate all the people your relatives hate. It’s a satirical song but it has a kernel of truth to it.” ORGANIZER TERRY MAHER SAYS THAT MESSAGE MUST BE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR. “We certainly want to make sure that Champaign-Urbana doesn’t become the next name in a long line after Charlottesville and Pittsburgh and Poway and Gilroy and El Paso. We don’t want that to happen in Champaign-Urbana. ((JEN L)) FLANAGAN SAYS SHE THINKS IN SOME WAYS… KIDS IN CHAMPAIGN- URBANA COULD BE TARGETED BY WHITE NATIONALISTS BECAUSE THIS IS SUCH A DIVERSE COMMUNITY. AS OF THE 2016 CENSUS… IMMIGRANTS MAKE UP NEARLY 12- PERCENT OF THE POPULATION IN CHAMPAIGN COUNTY. THANKS JEN. ((JESSICA)) THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER TRACKS WHITE SUPREMACY AND EXTREMISM. THE GROUP SAYS IT COUNTED 31 HATE GROUPS IN ILLINOIS LAST YEAR… INCLUDING ONE IN DANVILLE. OVERALL — IT COUNTED ONE- THOUSAND-20 ACROSS THE U-S. IT’S SEEN A 30- PERCENT INCREASE IN HATE GROUPS BETWEEN 2015 AND 2019. ((JESSICA)) COMMUNITY LEADERS CONTINUE TO FIGHT AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE IN CHAMPAIGN. FOUR PEOPLE WERE SHOT THIS WEEK — AND SHOTS WERE FIRED AGAIN LAST NIGHT. TAKING A LOOK AT

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