What is white nationalism?
In the US, white nationalism is the belief that because of their race or skin color white people have the right to hold all political power in America. White nationalists want to reduce the power of people of color (people they consider non-white) in the US, either by limiting their rights or by limiting the number of people of color allowed to live here. In general, white nationalists see people of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and Jewish descent as non-white, regardless of skin color.
Because white nationalism violates basic American beliefs that all people are equal and should be treated equally, regardless of race, religion, or country of origin, most people in America of all political views reject white nationalism. But throughout American history, in times of stress or rapid change, there have been groups that advocated white nationalist ideas, and today is no different.
Some white nationalist groups focus on persuading young people, often students in middle and high school, to join them. Today these groups usually spread their ideas online, through social media, gaming sites, videos, heavy metal music with hostile lyrics, or streaming webcasts. All these are designed to persuade young people to join up with a movement that thinks white people are members of a special race, and people who are non-whites as basically different, less welcome, less equal, less American, and a threat to white people’s lives and culture.