August 10, 2019 | IFA Staff
With the news about recent shootings being carried out by young men who are associated with hate groups in the U.S., we have asked the Lord what drives someone to be a part of such extreme organizations. Studies have been done to see why people want to associate with groups that are radical–White supremecists, Antifa, and others. The groups are being re-branded to our youth through social media as an acceptable escape from childhood trauma, lack of a positive father influence, and bullying.
Young people with a troubled past are especially vulnerable, said psychologist Ervin Staub, of Holyoke, Massachusetts, a professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst who studies social processes that lead to violence.
It usually involves them finding no other socially acceptable and meaningful ways to fulfill important needs — the need for identity; the need for a feeling of effectiveness; the need for a feeling of connection,” Staub said. “Often, these are people who don’t feel like they’ve succeeded or had a chance to succeed across normal channels of success in society. They may come from families that are problematic or families where they’re exposed to this kind of extreme views of white superiority and nationalism. If you don’t feel you have much influence and power in the world, you get a sense of power from being part of a community and especially a rather militant community.”… (Excerpt from US News and World Report.)