The 25-year-old leader of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division was recently convicted of a hate crime.
Cameron Shea was charged with federal conspiracy and hate crime for threatening journalists and lawyers working to expose anti-Semitism and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Shea and three co-defendants have targeted Jewish or colored journalists in retaliation for their work to expose anti-Semitism. The group created posters that included Nazi symbols, masked figures with rifles and Molotov cocktails, and threatening messages.
“This hateful conduct strikes at the heart of our communities,” said acting US lawyer Tessa Gorman. “This defendant’s goal was to scare people into their own homes, and he recruited and encouraged others who joined his disease program. This federal prison sentence underscores the human damage caused by his crimes, ”Gorman said.
According to the FBI, there were 7,103 single-bias hate crime incidents in 2019. This is 67 more than the reports in 2018. Hate crimes are increasing while the recruitment ages for hate groups are decreasing.
The Washington Post reported that white supremacist groups are targeting children as young as 11 years old. Even though Gen Z is known for their advancements in social justice, hate groups work strategically against these advancements. Much remains to be done to tackle conspiracy theorists, extremists and discrimination among the younger generation.