‘Where Hate is Normalized’: How White Extremists Use Online Gaming Communities Popular Among Teens to Recruit Culture Warriors

Alt-right provocateur Patrick Casey discusses the U.S. Capitol riot, and its political ramifications, in a video on the gaming platform Dlive.

Knock, knock: it starts with a joke

Steph Loehr, who goes by the moniker FerociouslySteph on the video game streaming platform Twitch, faced a barrage of attacks and death threats after stating in a video that some gamers are white supremacists. (YouTube)

Brotherhood in disguise

“We have been ignoring them, especially that middle school, high school group. Everybody is thinking about the old guy with the beard and ignoring the younger group who are actually much more violence-prone.”

Shannon Reid, professor who researches youth in the white power movement

White nationalist Nick Fuentes speaks to his followers, known as “Groypers,” on Nov. 14, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Zach D Roberts/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

Give ’em the boot

“A punishment is an easy fix, but if you’re not really understanding what’s going on with that young person or that group of young people, you’re not solving the problem.”

Jinnie Spiegler, of the Anti-Defamation League on countering white supremacist recruiting

Beyond Trump

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