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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Life Rune

The Life (also Elhaz or Algis) rune is an ancient runic symbol appropriated by the Nazis to help create an idealized "Aryan/Norse" heritage, which led to its adoption by later white supremacists. Because the life rune is also used by many non-racists, it should carefully be judged in context.


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.

Thor's Hammer

The Thor's Hammer is an ancient Norse symbol used today primarily in neo-pagan religions such as Asatru. White supremacist Norse pagans have appropriated this symbol to use in a white supremacist context. However, because it continues to be used by many non-racists, one should never assume that the Thor's Hammer necessarily denotes racism or white supremacy but instead should carefully judge it in the context in which it appears.

Tyr Rune

The Tyr rune is an ancient runic symbol that was appropriated by the Nazis and subsequently became popular among white supremacists. Because non-white supremacists also can use this image, care must be taken to evaluate it carefully in its context.


The Valknot or "knot of the slain" is an old Norse symbol associated with the afterlife that has been appropriated by white supremacists as a racist symbol. Nonracist pagans may also use this symbol, so it should be carefully examined in context.

Women for Aryan Unity

Women for Aryan Unity (WAU) is a longstanding white supremacist group for women. Its logo is a diamond featuring red and white stripes and stylized letters spelling “WAU.”

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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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