HOMESCHOOL HATE: The alarming white supremacist network for children – and the much larger threat

HOMESCHOOL HATE: The alarming white supremacist network for children – and the much larger threat

Logan and Katja Lawrence were just having the darndest time finding good, clean Nazi propaganda to teach their homeschooled children. And so they decided to start a Telegram network to share their preferred white supremacist lesson plans.

Days of schooling at the Lawrence household, with the couple’s four young children, apparently include things like quoting Hitler, detailing how Martin Luther King Jr. was really a “deceitful, dishonest, riot-inciting negro,” and baking a cake for der Führer’s birthday.

As originally reported by VICE News, the “Dissident Homeschool” is now 2,400 people strong, and the northern Sandusky, Ohio couple have been able to find welcoming groups who share their ideology.

They make sure, as well, that their children only play with other white little children, and that they never associate with the black saboteurs who have “ethnically cleansed whites out of urban areas and precipitated the anti-white regime that we are now fighting to free ourselves from.”

Undoubtedly, it’s disturbing to hear of such a couple, who say they want to make their children into “wonderful” Nazis.

And certainly the fact that they’ve been able to establish their own little community amongst themselves is alarming, especially when we take into consideration the rising tide of antisemitism and hate in general in this country right now.

But the Lawrences are actually not the real problem, I’m sorry to say.

If they were, our current predicament would be a great deal more manageable.

Yes, their homeschool channel has built that following of some 2,400, which is upsetting – but we live in a country of over 330 million people – finding a few thousand loons is practically a mathematical certainty.

And the Lawrences knew the social dangers of being outed as actually Nazis; it’s why they used the alias “Saxon” instead of putting their real names on the group. They had to be outed by online sleuths, and it’s of course good that they have been.

Yet we face a much more potent danger: the millions and millions of people who are now participating in what I’ve termed the “Blue Scare” – tens of millions, really, who have been convinced by Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Ron DeSantis, and many other Republican leaders that liberal “woke-ism” is destroying the country and must be stopped, even by extreme means.

And the major difference between these figures and the Lawrences is that the ones mentioned above have real and significant power.

During the Civil Rights Era, segregationists formed “citizens councils” – often referred to by what they really were: white citizens councils.

Thurgood Marshall called these groups “uptown Klan” because they wore suits instead of sheets.

They might have seemed less menacing than their cross-burning counterparts, but they were truly a greater obstacle in a lot of ways than the more rabid and ranting racists who were viewed less tolerably.

We see the same type of thing going on now: an effort to hussy up hate in more appealing attire.

Rather than simply come out and say they hate dark-skinned immigrants, Republicans do “travel bans,” look to build walls to stop “invasions,” oppose any opening of immigration quotas from predominantly non-white countries, and ship migrants to other states as if they were undesirable cargo.

Rather than use more obvious racist language (although that happens at times too), they instead refer to the “woke mob,” oppose the inclusion of black history in the classroom, and make it as if there is a subversive effort to preach against white people.

And now we’re witnessing ever more concerning language coming from such quarters. Trump is talking about removing people from government departments en masse.

DeSantis has hinted at liberals being controlled by Xi Jinping.

Both have stoked fears of “Marxists” and “communists” in our ranks.

The Lawrences are scary in their own way – no doubt.

But even scarier is what’s going on right under our noses.

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Ross Rosenfeld

is a news analysis and opinion writer whose work has also appeared in the New York Daily News and Newsweek. He lives in New York.