This five-part series, produced in collaboration with The WNET Group’s reporting initiative Exploring Hate, looks at the roots and rise of hate groups in America. This series was recognized with a 2022 Online Journalism Award for Best Digital Storytelling.
Emergence of the Order
After Alan Berg, a Jewish talk show host, was shot to death in 1984, federal investigators scrutinized The Order, a white supremacist group, and went after the leaders on charges of sedition, hoping to dismantle the radical militia movement from the top down. This video looks at how and why they failed.
The Oklahoma City Bombing
Anti-government propaganda, military deployment and the F.B.I. raid in Waco, Texas, radicalized Timothy McVeigh and led to the Oklahoma City attack.
The night Barack Obama won his first presidential election, a Black church in Springfield, Mass., was burned, exposing the nation’s deep racial divisions.
A Surge in Violence
During the 2010s, violent attacks by white supremacists and other extremists increased, including shootings at a church in Charleston, S.C., and a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Out of the Shadows
According to experts who monitor the radical right, the white supremacist ideology that police say drove the white gunman charged with killing 10 Black people in a 2022 mass shooting in Buffalo has begun moving from the extremes into the mainstream.