Maine professor agrees with DHS analysis ranking white supremacists as top safety threat – WMTW Portland

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Todd Little-Siebold points to, what he calls, a Sanitized Past when it comes to racism in MaineThe professor and expert in racism in Maine history agrees with DHS draft analysis ranking white supremacists as top safety threatDraft documents from the Department of Homeland Security released earlier this month say white supremacists present the most persistent and lethal threat in the United States. Experts in the subject of racism and hate crimes warn Maine is not immune to the consequences of hate. To understand the ideology and risk of white supremacy in Maine, you need to first understand a long history of racism here, says College of the Atlantic professor Todd Little-Siebold. Maine is 98% white, 99%, whatever. That didnt just happen. Its not as if thats the natural state of things, said Little-Siebold. Little-Siebold aims to break through, what he calls, a sanitized past and shed light on dark events in history, including 20th century KKK rallies and the killing of Native Americans during the colonial era. Maine had one of the most vibrant Ku Klux Klan movements in the first part of the 20th century, people just have no idea, Little-Siebold said. The Anti-Defamation League keeps track of modern day anti-semitic and extremist incidents through an interactive heat map on their website. Their data on Maine shows there have been 32 incidents over the last two years, including 26 instances of white supremacist propaganda being left in public spaces. Chris Magyarics, Senior Investigative Researcher with the ADL, agrees with the DHS draft analysis, first published by Politico, which states, We judge that white supremacist extremists (WSEs) will remain the most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland through 2021." While Magyarics says most white supremacists arent engaging in criminal behavior, he says, theres this belief system that theres a white genocide going on and in order to preserve the pure white race, some people feel the need to engage in violent behavior. White supremacist activity in Maine, he says, is mainly propaganda posted in public places from two groups: the National Socialist Club and Patriot Front. Magyarics says it's important to be vigilant and recognize white supremacist symbols such as these. Little-Siebold says the key to preventing ideologies such as this from developing is education.

Todd Little-Siebold points to, what he calls, a Sanitized Past when it comes to racism in Maine

The professor and expert in racism in Maine history agrees with DHS draft analysis ranking white supremacists as top safety threat

Draft documents from the Department of Homeland Security released earlier this month say white supremacists present the most persistent and lethal threat in the United States.

Experts in the subject of racism and hate crimes warn Maine is not immune to the consequences of hate.

To understand the ideology and risk of white supremacy in Maine, you need to first understand a long history of racism here, says College of the Atlantic professor Todd Little-Siebold.

Maine is 98% white, 99%, whatever. That didnt just happen. Its not as if thats the natural state of things, said Little-Siebold.

Little-Siebold aims to break through, what he calls, a sanitized past and shed light on dark events in history, including 20th century KKK rallies and the killing of Native Americans during the colonial era.

Maine had one of the most vibrant Ku Klux Klan movements in the first part of the 20th century, people just have no idea, Little-Siebold said.

The Anti-Defamation League keeps track of modern day anti-semitic and extremist incidents through an interactive heat map on their website.

Their data on Maine shows there have been 32 incidents over the last two years, including 26 instances of white supremacist propaganda being left in public spaces.

Chris Magyarics, Senior Investigative Researcher with the ADL, agrees with the DHS draft analysis, first published by Politico, which states, We judge that white supremacist extremists (WSEs) will remain the most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland through 2021."

While Magyarics says most white supremacists arent engaging in criminal behavior, he says, theres this belief system that theres a white genocide going on and in order to preserve the pure white race, some people feel the need to engage in violent behavior.

White supremacist activity in Maine, he says, is mainly propaganda posted in public places from two groups: the National Socialist Club and Patriot Front.

Magyarics says it's important to be vigilant and recognize white supremacist symbols such as these.

Little-Siebold says the key to preventing ideologies such as this from developing is education.

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