January 21st, 2018

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Blazak on the Role of Religion in Hate Crimes in the US




Randy Blazak is a PhD from Emory University with a specialty in hate crimes. Specifically he studied racist skinheads (he doesn't say just "skin heads" because you can shave your head without being a racist). He's a professor of sociology at PSU where his intro class is opening people's minds, and a professor of criminology at OU.

His talk for the Freedom From Religion Foundation on 1/15/18 was entitled "With Odin on Our Side; The Role of Religion in Right Wing Extremism." I didn't understand why he said Odin in the title until the end of the talk, but it has to do with the fact that an ancient Viking religion is being propagated in our prisons as a cover for white supremacist gangs. I'm going to take the information from his talk and put it in chronological order, and flesh it out with links to articles around the web, trying to make sense of the times.

At the end of his talk Blazak summarized that there are two profiles for violent haters; sociopaths, and lower level thinkers. Sociopaths, or more specifically people with antisocial personality disorder, have no qualms about injuring or killing others because they have no conscience. These are the people we need to imprison long-term. Lower level thinkers are simply regular folks who joined the cause because they were alone and needed to belong. They weren’t philosophical about it, they were simply vulnerable. These are the people that we need to help.

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Links related to Blazak talk and White Supremacy Timeline

I apologize, my in-text links were all lost from the timeline piece, but here are the ones that I read to compile the timeline.  Also I learned today that my longer posts are accepted at Dreamwidth but do not crosspost to LJ...link to the dreamwidth blog is https://liveonearth.dreamwidth.org/.  I'm getting gradually more frustrated with LJ as you can see the formatting on this entry sucks and I am not going to try to fix it anymore. 



INTERESTING LINKS

Blazak's Blog

Watching the Wheels

https://watchingthewheelsdad.net/author/blazakr/

Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crime

https://oregoncahc.org/author/blazakr/

2015 MLK Bell in Stone Mtn

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/12/living/stone-mountain-mlk-tower-feat/index.html

Origin of Bell at Stone Mountain Park

https://www.stonemountainpark.com/Activities/History-Nature/Carillon

"The daily concert from our 732-bell Carillon is one of the true joys of Stone Mountain Park. The Carillon was donated by our friends at Coca-Cola after being exhibited in the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. The Park's carillon has been played by Mabel Sharp for over 30 years."

Supreme Court Rules that Odinists in Prison have Religious Rights

even though they are probably racist

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/01/politics/supreme-court-rules-in-ohio-prison-case.html

Thor's Hammer Allowed on Military Gravestones

https://www.fastcodesign.com/1672968/how-thors-hammer-made-its-way-onto-soldiers-headstones

2015 Odinist Inmate Plot in Virginia

http://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/accused-of-race-war-plot-tied-to-asatru-religion-in/article_f83401e4-faf5-5196-baad-2a428a54f849.html

The Killer Kindred (EK)

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2015/killer-kindred

Measure 11 approved in Oregon

https://multco.us/dcj-juvenile/common-laws/measure-11

A State of Mind; Perspectives on Gangs in Oregon

By Traci Ray in 2016

https://www.osbar.org/publications/bulletin/16apr/gangs.html

Rise of the Alt Right

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/alt-right/549242/