White supremacist groups believe that white people are superior to those of other races and perpetuate this belief via efforts to maintain and grow a pure white race and hinder, or at times commit violence against, racial minorities. There are currently at least several hundred known racist groups in the United States, including but not limited to racist skinhead, neo-Nazi, and Christian Identity groups. Although white supremacist thought centers heavily around concepts of masculinity and hate groups are led primarily by men, women have always played a role in racist movements to varying degrees. They are believed to have participated actively in extremist groups in the United States since the early 1900s and to have been recruited for membership since at least the ...

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