- Dislike, hatred, prejudice, discrimination or persecution
directed against people of Jewish descent or of the Jewish faith.
- Refers to persons from Arab countries as defined as those
nations in which Arabic is the principal language. Note that
Iranians are not Arabs.
Note that the term has nothing to do with belief in Islam. There
are Christian Arabs as well as Muslim Arabs.
- May be used interchangeably with Identity or Kingdom Identity.
Denotes a specific white supremacist theological movement derived
from British Israelism. Should not be confused with the
Reconstructionist movement, the neo-Covenantors or other
- Often used (incorrectly) interchangeably with New Right.
Denotes that sector of the right-wing political movement which
came to prominence during the mid-70s and 1980s, with its
ideological roots and constituency in fundamentalist and
evangelical Christian movements. It is primarily conservative or
ultra-conservative and authoritarian, rather than revolutionary,
in outlook. May also be used to denote those sectors which are
Reconstructionist or "theonomist." The Christian Right
is a subset of the New Right.
- This is an indeterminate term with a pejorative connotation
designed to separate the "mainstream" from the
"margins." It is used in some quarters to describe the
Left as well as the Right. Do not use interchangeably with white
supremacist or far right. In those circumstances when a term to
connote the political margins is appropriate, it may be used
- Used as an umbrella term which describes extremist or
ultra-conservative elements future to the right than the New
Right. These elements are dominated by various conspiracy
theories mixed with anti-communism and anti-elite or right-wing
populist agendas. Includes the white supremacist movement as
The John Birch Society is a far right
political organization more radical than the Moral Majority but
less dangerous than the Liberty Lobby.
- Fear, dislike or hatred of gay men and/or lesbians.
Ku Klux Klan
- The terms are used interchangeably and are always capitalized.
Often abbreviated KKK, though Klan is the preferred term. The
terms refer specifically to a member of an organized faction of
Ku Klux Klan.
- Always capitalized. Used to refer to the organization, ideology
and paraphernalia of the National German Workers Party circa
1923-1945; to war criminals and others associated with that
period in their current manifestation; and to political forces
which collaborated with the NSDAP during that period.
- Denotes the popularly-based right-wing political movement which
came to prominence in the 1970s and 1980s. Includes secular
forces (such as Richard Viguerie), Christian Right, and other
elements of the Religious Right. Sometimes used to include
new-Conservatives. Use term to distinguish Old Right (pre-World
War II) which was isolationist and contained patrician and
anti-Semitic elements. While the New Right is implicitly
politically, socially and economically racist, they are not
dominated by an ideology of genetic superiority of the white
- Biological categorization of human beings by physical
characteristics transmitted genetically. At one time,
anthropologists generally described three groups: Caucasoid,
Mongoloid, and Negroid. However, anthropologists today reject
race as a meaningful biological concept, pointing instead to a
basic heterogeneity of world population. The term is always
inappropriate when referring to cultural, religious or national
- The belief that one race is innately superior to all other
White Supremacy, -ist
- Used to refer to an individual or group or action embodying the
ideological notion of biological, intellectual, genetic or other
inherent superiority of whites over all others. Avoid using terms
such as white resistance or
white separatist which have been developed by Klansmen and
new-Nazis as a term for media gloss.
Defintions taken from When Hate Groups Come
to Town: A Handbook for Effective Community Responses.
©1992 by Center for Democratic Renewal and Education, Inc. Used with permission.