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Why are violent racist groups able to grow and operate in the US?

Hate crime reports to the FBI jumped 17 percent last year. In the new PBS Frontline documentary “Documenting Hate: New American Nazis,” reporter A.C. Thompson investigates white supremacist groups in the US.

He focuses on Atomwaffen Division, a neo-nazi group that actively recruits inside the US military. It operates a so-called “leaderless resistance,” encouraging attacks that look like lone-wolf operations, but are part of a bigger movement. Why are these violent racist movements still able to operate and expand?

Guest:

A.C. Thompson, reporter with ProPublica and correspondent for FRONTLINE’s documentary “Documenting Hate: New American Nazis”

Web Resources:

FRONTLINE: Documenting Hate: New American Nazis

Web Resources: Synagogue Shooting Highlights History Of Hate In Pittsburgh

ProPublica: Documenting Hate

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.