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League of the South's Internet Rhetoric: Neo-Confederate Community-Building Online

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Brett A. Barnett

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, US
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Abstract

A nationwide backlash against the Confederate flag and other Confederate
symbols occurred after the deadly June 17, 2015, church shootings in
Charleston, South Carolina, when images of the alleged gunman displaying
a Confederate flag surfaced. This backlash sparked a reactionary movement
among pro-Confederate supporters who viewed the attacks on Confederate
symbols as an affront to their Southern heritage. Some neo-Confederate
groups exploited the backlash, and the pro-Confederate sympathy it generated,
as an opportunity to build their communities. This essay examines
how the neo-Confederate group League of the South (LOS) used its website
to attract members to its community in the week before the Confederate
flag’s removal from South Carolina’s state capitol on July 10, 2015. Analysis
reveals LOS may have aided its community-building efforts by attempting
to foster a sense of shared identity within the pro-Confederate
community and employing fear-raising rhetoric relating to the backlash
against Confederate symbols. The relevance of examining U.S.-based hate
groups’ Internet rhetoric has substantially increased in recent years as the
United States has witnessed a series of deadly mass shootings perpetrated
by various extremists, some of whom were apparently motivated by rhetoric
they accessed on U.S.-based extremist sites.

How to Cite: Barnett, B.A., 2016. League of the South's Internet Rhetoric: Neo-Confederate Community-Building Online. Journal of Hate Studies, 13(1). DOI: http://doi.org/10.33972/jhs.137
Published on 01 Jan 2016.

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