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The Racist Mind: Portraits of American Neo-Nazis and Klansmen


"Ezekiel's pointed volume is the best available modern source for grasping the psychological foundations of the Radical Right."—Thomas F Pettigrew, Univ. of Cal., Santa Cruz.

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"Ezekiel's pointed volume is the best available modern source for grasping the psychological foundations of the Radical Right."—Thomas F Pettigrew, Univ. of Cal., Santa Cruz.

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Editorial Reviews

Jewish Book World
This study of white racism includes portraits of neo-Nazis who espouse the doctrines of Hitler and are clandestinely organizing militant goups in many cities in America.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite his somewhat diffuse fieldwork, University of Michigan psychology professor Ezekiel offers some solid sociological and psychological insights into the character of contemporary American hate groups and their members. First, he describes the hostility-especially toward him, a Jew-and the chilling illogic he observed at a Klan rally and an Aryan Nations gathering. He then portrays three national leaders-Tom Metzger, of the White Aryan Resistance; Dave Holland, of Southern White Knights; and Richard Butler, Aryan Nations-observing that they and their groups have less to do with action than with venting feelings of victimization. Men like Metzger, argues Ezekiel, are charismatic loners manipulating their ``small world.'' He then offers extensive profiles of the angry, sad and often pathetic members of a Detroit neo-Nazi group-poor whites in a majority-black city whose racial fears differentiate them from national groups that mainly demonize ``the Jew.'' Most of these men, Ezekiel notes, lost a parent when they were young, and they grew up vulnerable and disconnected. The author doesn't divorce such racism from the country's troubled racial climate, but he suggests that teens can be diverted from such militancy via ``mentorship and constructive alternatives.'' June
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140234497
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,430,538
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

The Racist Mind Acknowledgments
Note on Names and Pseudonyms
Part One: Gatherings
One: Klan Rally at Stone Mountain, Georgia
Two: Breakfast in Arkansas - Sedition Trial
Three: Aryan Nations Congress - Northern Idaho

Part Two: National Leaders
Four: Introduction
Five: Tom Metzger: White Aryan Resistance
Six: Dave Holland: Southern White Knights
Seven: Richard Butler: Aryan Nations
Eight: Reflections

Part Three: Detroit
Nine: Introduction
Ten: Contact
Eleven: Paul
Twelve: Terri
Thirteen: William
Fourteen: Raymond and Rosandra
Fifteen: Francis
Sixteen: Joey, Eddie
Seventeen: Nolan
Eighteen: Reflections

Appendix: Suggested Reading

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