The Path to Radicalization

The Path to Radicalization

2018, Society  -   18 Comments
Ratings: 6.10/10 from 52 users.

In 2017, as violence erupted during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the world witnessed a re-energized movement of seething hatred and intolerance. For Jacob Goodwin, that movement is a way of life. "I advocate for white civil rights," the young man says from a prison visitation booth. He was one of six white supremacists who were caught on video participating in the beating of a black counter protester during the rally. "The Path to Radicalization" catches up with Jacob in the lead up to his trial.

The documentary attempts to define the source of Jacob's racism, and portray the emotional plight of his parents as they veer from intense grief to awkwardly justifying their son's beliefs and actions. Their story is a microcosm of the racial tensions that continue to fester throughout the United States.

The Goodwin family states that their only goal is the preservation of their white heritage, which they feel has been endangered by liberal crusaders who wish to deny or rewrite history. In their view, the white race is facing genocide.

They insist they are not the racists their detractors claim they are. Yet the film shows the family in collaboration with a particularly nefarious group who parades through the streets donning riot gear and Nazi symbols. Members are overheard screaming angry rhetoric and threats of violence against African Americans, Asian Americans and the Jews. One boastful recruit speaks of his yearning for a return of the Third Reich.

White supremacist groups are enlisting a new generation of recruits into their cause at an alarming rate. These recruits are typically disenfranchised and easily impressionable youth. Billy Roper is one of the most visible neo-Nazi recruiters, and he offers free legal counsel to the Goodwin's after their son's incarceration. Desperate to assist their boy, both parents begin to fall under the influence of Roper, and quickly descend deeper into radicalization.

"The Path to Radicalization" is not easy viewing. It's flooded with foul racist language and incendiary points of view. But it's essential in understanding the crisis of modern racism, and the methods these separatist groups employ to keep it alive.

Directed by: David Scott Holloway, Ed Ou

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Nevada Smith
3 years ago

Ever notice how many anti white docs there are on here? They take the lowest of the low and present them as the norm.

5 years ago

That only confirms that from time to time some humans get reactive, meaning, they get desperate and start to react with the most dumbest and harmful of feelings, and forget to think, or develop empathy. i don't deny that at some point those extremists had a hard time in life, but you can't act like an animal ready to battle anymore, it is a complex world. And those tactics are obsolete as we know, i mean, they are ready to die in battle aginst nothing, that is concerning.

5 years ago

This makes me ashamed to be white.

5 years ago

The neo nazi's are here yet again. No surprise there. It's either gamer gate teenage edge lords or boomer's with too much Fox news in their diet.

5 years ago

Jacob Goodwin was raised by parents with racist views.
His mother tries to appear neutral but it clearly shows, that she shares this ideology.
Jacob is responsible for his actions but his parents have contributed to ruining their sons life.

Leslie Johnson
5 years ago

This is such a sad and depressing video. Racism is learned. What happened to one country, under all, with freedom and liberty for all? How many of these people claim to be Christians? What happened to love one another? There is no legitimate reason for 'racial pride'....every individual should focus on his own worthiness. Remember "He who has never sinned, throw the first stone"....we should not see a 'stone' in anyone's hand.

5 years ago

Why hate the Jews? I understand why white people feel they are being attacked and resent it but why hate the entire Jewish race, it doesn't make sense?

5 years ago

How do you hate a WHOLE RACE. A whole race has done nothing to you. Hate a person. Hate some people. Why... how do you hate a whole race? Nobody knows a whole race. Stupid.

Peter Karas
5 years ago

A real disconnect. Bordering on mental illness

Lucas wheeler
5 years ago

This sounds like neo-Communist propaganda. JMFD the elder is spot on except for some reason he insists on referring to the antifa cultural Marxist neo-Communists as fascists. The original antifa were the violent supporters of the KPD during the Weimar period of German history. Today's antifa are the spiritual descendants of those earlier would be communist revolutionaries. National Socialism arose as a movement to defend Germany and the West from communist anarchy and tyranny. I myself am in my mind fifties and a form supporter of the Revolutionary Communist Party.

Today I am a reader of the Daily Stormer the most censored publication on the web. The censorship the Stormer arose directly out of the events of Charlottesville. The violence at Charlottesville was instigated by antifa aided and abetted by local law enforcement authorities. I am very confident that it will be proven in court of law that the morbidly obese Heather Heyer died of a heart attack not because she was struck by the Dodge Challenger being driven byJames Alex Fields Jr.

What the local authorities in Charlottesville are attempting to do is the same as what was done to George Zimmerman in Florida. Communists have no regard for the truth. They and their allies are out to bring about White genocide and the destruction of the West. The truth has become a precious commodity in this the current year. Clearly a good this web has little interest in exploring.

JMFD the elder
5 years ago

JMFD they don't want everyone to get along, they want to dispossess white people all over the world. Calling for "diversity" only in the countries founded by Europeans, or in Europe itself, is not a plan for peace, it is a plan for genocide. Widely used terms like "white privilege", "whiteness", and describing everything from merit and (racial) color-blindness to mathematics and logic as "white supremacy" is the racism you should be opposing, because those words are the tools of the people who seek to destroy the civilization that has granted the most freedoms and the most prosperity to the most people in all of history. Those who are called "fascist" are opposing this racist, anti-civilizational ideology, and the colonization and dispossession it promotes in the name of diversity.

5 years ago

@JMFD You've been watching too much MSNBC, my friend. If you think that antifa is about "getting along and stopping the former" you have a lot to learn. Fascists are fascists no matter what they call themselves or what side of the political spectrum they're on. And racists are racists no matter the color of their skin, i.e. BLM.

5 years ago

"These people are bad but their enemies are bad too" ? That's what you get from it, scubahalo? One side is talking about deporting and/or lynching people for being from a different geographic population, the others talk about getting along and stopping the former, and they're both just as evil in your eyes? There's no comparison between "antifa" and these nutjobs.

5 years ago

These people are jerks, no doubt about it. Now how about they do a documentary on leftist radicals. They can start with antifa, but there are many others.