Explainer: Work with clients vulnerable to alt-right radicalization? Here’s how to recognize the signs – and intervene effectively
Why It Matters
The Freedom Convoy showed the world an ugly side of Canada – a populist movement that was led by alt-right radicals and fueled by extremist ideology. Sadly, alt-right radicalization may be on the rise due to increasing marginalization, a widening wealth gap, a lack of trust in institutions, and low job security. Those on the frontlines include hospital workers, community service providers, mental health care providers, and others — the very people who are working to end the social inequities afflicting alt-right radicals.
Content warning: This story mentions alt-right activism, Islamophobia, and hatred.
The Liberal Party “is infested with Islamists,” BJ Dichter, one of the organizers of the “Freedom Convoy”, claimed, in front of a crowd of avid listeners at a speech at the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) convention in Quebec in 2019.
Alberta-based alt-right activist Pat King, a regional organizer for the convoy, is known for similar white nationalist rhetoric. In one of many videos he’s posted to Twitter, King warned of “refugees coming in[to Canada].” He stated that this is all part of “an endgame. It’s called depopulation of the Caucasian race.”
As the convoy swept through Ottawa, many of the capital’s community servic
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