How can Bloomington build resistance to white nationalism?
Although Bloomington has encountered periodic instances of white nationalism, ranging from isolated, to disruptive, to deadly in scale, the movement does not presently seem to be a strong presence in our city. But the events of 2019, when the city Farmers’ Market was closed because of tensions around white nationalism, suggest that our community would be better off if we took steps now to strengthen our ability to understand, prevent, recognize, and, if necessary, respond effectively to white nationalism. The white nationalist movement has grown significantly in the US over the past twenty years, and it would be naïve to imagine that Bloomington will not encounter it again.
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, a leading specialist in white nationalism and extremist movements advocates treating their spread as a public health issue, not just a political or security issue. The CO•RE website has been designed in that spirit. Its goal is not to be the community response, but to help inspire a community response, one that can be sustained as part of our area’s basic social infrastructure, raising awareness and strengthening the ability of families, schools, youth programs, the faith community, and all residents to prevent the spread of white nationalism and to respond constructively and effectively wherever it may emerge.