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The allure of fascism: Why do minorities join the far right?

By Edwin Rios

22 May 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

In the U.S., experts say that men of color, particularly those of Latino descent, have been drawn to far-right groups and militias since the election of Trump. The Guardian examines this phenomenon.

While investigators search for a motive behind a Texas man’s mass killing of eight people at an outlet mall near Dallas earlier this month, they and groups such as the Anti-Defamation League believe they have uncovered social media posts in which he spewed white supremacist, misogynist and antisemitic rhetoric.

Experts say Mauricio Garcia’s apparent expression of hate-filled rhetoric fits into a modest but increasingly alarming pattern of largely men of color drawn to far-right communities. Since the election of Donald Trump, they say, more men of color have taken on leadership roles in far-right and militia groups and participated, and in some cases led, violent protests, most notably during the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.

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