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White supremacist group Patriot Front's vandalism raises concerns of increased activity

Ashleigh Nicole
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APR reported yesterday, travelers on Interstate 65 near Clanton were met with an alarming sight. The digital traffic signs, usually displaying important information about road conditions or upcoming exits, had been hijacked by a white supremacy group known as Patriot Front. Instead of the usual traffic updates, the signs now read "Patriot Front" and "reclaim America." This act of vandalism was not an isolated incident for the group, as they have been involved in multiple occurrences of similar actions in recent times.

Earlier this year, in March, Patriot Front targeted the old Holy Family Community Hospital in Ensley, defacing it with their messages of hate. The group's activities also extended to January, when they engaged in vandalism on Red Mountain Expressway, promoting their extremist ideologies through graffiti. It seems that the group's actions are becoming increasingly frequent, leading to concerns about their growing activity.

Patriot Front is not an unfamiliar name in the realm of extremist ideologies. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, they are a white nationalist hate group that emerged as a breakaway faction from Vanguard America following the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017. Their disturbing manifesto can be found on their website, where they espouse their dangerous beliefs and ideologies.

On their website, Patriot Front also provides a list of what they term as their top 10 states for "activism." These states, according to the group, are Massachusetts, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Utah, Alabama, Ohio, and New Hampshire. It is clear that they have identified these regions as potential hotspots for spreading their extremist ideas and recruiting like-minded individuals.

The activities of Patriot Front and similar hate groups serve as a reminder of the ongoing presence of white supremacy and extremist ideologies in our society. These acts of vandalism and propaganda are intended to sow fear, division, and hatred among communities. It is crucial for individuals, communities, and law enforcement agencies to remain vigilant and actively oppose such ideologies to ensure the safety and well-being of all.

The recent hijacking of digital traffic signs by the white supremacy group Patriot Front near Clanton is just one example of their growing presence and activity. Their acts of vandalism, targeting various locations and spreading their hate-filled messages, are deeply concerning. As their actions become more frequent, it is essential for society to unite against these extremist ideologies, fostering a culture of acceptance, inclusivity, and understanding. Only through collective efforts can we work towards dismantling such hate groups and promoting a society that celebrates diversity and equality for all.

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Ashleigh Nicole is an Alabama-based writer and freelancer, bringing a unique blend of culinary expertise and creative storytelling to the world of writing. The former executive chef at a prominent French bistro was forced to rethink career choice after COVID-19. She is now a truth seeker and news junkie sharing what she finds with her audience. Drawing from her diverse experiences, Ashleigh now uses her storytelling abilities to captivate readers and offer a fresh perspective.

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