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Hate Groups

Hate In The Sunshine State

Florida trails only California in the number of organized hate groups.

Amy Keller | 9/1/2006

Symbols of Hate

Swastikas, thunderbolts and Celtic crosses figure prominently in the "language" of white supremacists, along with numbers and acronyms.
The so-called othala Rune symbol, also known as a Norse Rune, is used by neo-Nazis and white supremacists to express faith in the pagan religion of Odinism. Nazi Germany glorified an idealized "Aryan/Norse" heritage, and extremists have appropriated many symbols from pre-Christian Europe for their own uses.
The crosstar, or Hungarian Arrow- Cross, originated in Hungary in the 1930s as the symbol of the leading Hungarian fascist political party, the Arrow Cross Party. The symbol has come to be used by racist groups, including the Nationalist Movement.
The "Life Rune" is an ancient European symbol adopted by the Nazis. It was the symbol of the SS's Lebensborn project, in which SS troopers were encouraged to father children out of wedlock with "Aryan" mothers. To white supremacists, it signifies the future of the white race.
The Wolfsangel, or Dopplehaken, appeared as part of the divisional insignia of several Waffen-SS units and became a symbol of choice for neo-Nazis in Europe and the United States. The Aryan Nations logo is derived from the Wolfsangel.
HFFH stands for "Hammerskins forever, forever Hammerskins." Hammerskins maintain they represent the working class of the white racialist movement and often advocate using violence to achieve their goals.

Acronyms and Numbers

14 Words:
Refers to the 14-word battle cry of white supremacists: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children." The slogan was coined by right-wing extremist David Lane, who's currently serving a 190-year sentence for his involvement in bank robberies, the bombing of a synagogue and the murder of Denver radio talk-show host Alan Berg in the 1980s.

88: Refers to the eighth letter of the alphabet, h, the double 8 stands for the Nazi greeting "heil Hitler."

RAHOWA: An acronym for Racial Holy War, the expression signifies white supremacists' belief in a battle that will pit the white race against minorities and Jews and lead to ultimate Aryan rule. Source: Anti-Defamation League.

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