Hate on Display™ Hate Symbols Database

This database provides an overview of many of the symbols most frequently used by a variety of white supremacist groups and movements, as well as some other types of hate groups. 
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Skrewdriver

Skrewdriver, long defunct, is the British white power music band that essentially created white power music as a genre. The band, and its deceased leader, Ian Stuart Donaldson, remain held in the highest esteem by white supremacists.

Solid Wood Soldiers

The Solid Wood Soldiers are a Texas-based white supremacist prison gang. Their primary tattoo consists of the initials SWS, with the two S's represented by lightning bolts. Above the initials appears the image of a bear claw, with the number 4 in the middle and sometimes the letters HCRL.

Sonnenrad

The sonnenrad or sunwheel is an ancient Indo-European symbol appropriated by Nazi Germany, which has led modern day white supremacists to use it as a hate symbol.

SS (hand sign)

In the 2000s, white supremacists created a handsign intended to memorialize the Schutzstaffeln or SS of Nazi Germany, Hitler's secret police, political army, and concentration camp guards. The handsign utilizes both hands to make a lightning bolt symbol, as a pair of lightning bolts was the main symbol of the SS.

SS (hand sign)

In the 2000s, white supremacists created a handsign intended to memorialize the Schutzstaffeln or SS of Nazi Germany, Hitler's secret police, political army, and concentration camp guards. The handsign utilizes both hands to make a lightning bolt symbol, as a pair of lightning bolts was the main symbol of the SS.

SS Divisional Insignia

During World War II, the SS fielded a private army of nearly 40 divisions that fought on every front, often committing war crimes and atrocities. Following the war, neo-Nazis and other white supremacists began to use the various divisional insignia of these military formations as hate symbols.

Sturmabteilung

The Sturmabteilung (or SA) emblem was used by Hitler's so-called "Brownshirts," paramilitary formations utilized by Hitler to intimidate political opponents before and after his rise to power in Germany. Now it is used by neo-Nazis and other modern-day white supremacists.

Supreme White Alliance (hand sign)

The Supreme White Alliance was a hardcore racist skinhead gang based primarily in the Midwest. Members sometimes use a two-handed handsign in which four fingers from one hand and three fingers from the other hand are used to represent the number 43. The gang uses 43 as a numeric symbol because the alphanumeric equivalents of the gang's initials (19 for S, 23 for W, and 1 for A), when added together, equal 43.

Swastika

The swastika is an ancient symbol used in many cultures that was adopted by Adolf Hitler and turned into a symbol of hatred. Since then, the swastika has become perhaps the most notorious hate symbol in Western culture.

Totenkopf

The Totenkopf, or Death's Head, is a symbol used by Hitler's SS that has been adopted by neo-Nazis and white supremacists since World War II.

Triangular Klan Symbol

The triangular Ku Klux Klan symbol consists of what looks like a triangle within a triangle but which actually represents three letter K's aligned in a triangle and facing inwards. A variation on this symbol has the K's facing outwards instead of inwards.

Volksfront

Volksfront was a hybrid racist skinhead gang/neo-Nazi group that started in the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s but disbanded in the 2010s.

Volksfront (hand sign)

Members of the white supremacist group Volksfront used several handsigns to represent their gang. A common one-handed sign features the fingers of the right hand divided into a "V" shape, often held over the chest. A two-handed sign uses one hand to make a "V" shape (using two or four fingers) and the other hand to make the shape of the letter "F."

Volksfront (hand sign)

Members of the white supremacist group Volksfront used several handsigns to represent their gang. A common one-handed sign features the fingers of the right hand divided into a "V" shape, often held over the chest. A two-handed sign uses one hand to make a "V" shape (using two or four fingers) and the other hand to make the shape of the letter "F."

Volksfront Flag

Volksfront was a hybrid racist skinhead gang/neo-Nazi group that started in the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s.

White Power (hand sign)

Some white supremacists, particularly in California, may use a two-handed handsign in which one hand forms the letter "W" and the other hand forms the letter "P," to represent WP or "White Power."

Wolfsangel

The Wolfsangel is an ancient runic symbols that was believed to be able to ward off wolves. Today, thanks to its appropriation by Nazi Germany, the Wolfsangel is one of the more popular white supremacist symbols.

Zyklon B

Zyklon B was the name of the gas used to kill over a million victims, most of them Jews, in the death camps constructed by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. Because of its association with killing Jews, Zyklon B has been adopted as a symbol by modern-day white supremacists, who often use it to make sick jokes about killing Jews.

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All the symbols depicted here must be evaluated in the context in which they appear. Few symbols represent just one idea or are used exclusively by one group. For example, the Confederate Flag is a symbol that is frequently used by white supremacists but which also has been used by people and groups that are not racist. Similarly, other symbols in this database may be significant to people who are not extreme or racist. The descriptions here point out significant multiple meanings but may not be able to relay every possible meaning of a particular symbol.

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