In a new book, a UNLV prof and alum examine the white-power movement. An Aryan girl salutes during a 2004 neo-Nazi gathering in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The “88” on her shirt symbolizes an Aryan code for “Heil Hitler.” The white-power movement is recruiting, hating, praying, bonding and rallying. But mostly it’s hiding. American Swastika (Rowman & Littlefield, $35) takes readers into the “free spaces” of the white-power movement, where members emerge to speak their minds without fear of retribution. Researched and written by Pete Simi and Robert Futrell, who met at UNLV, where Futrell is a professor and Simi was a graduate student, the book takes us into the homes of white-power believers, to their rallies, concerts and to children’s birthday parties with swastika-shaped cakes. Simi, an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at University of Nebraska, Omaha, was given special access to the groups. He and Futrell, associate professor of sociology at UNLV, talk with the Las Vegas Weekly about the experience, what they learned and why we should care.
viaLas Vegas Weekly : – White-power movement is hiding among us.