To hate something means to actively seek its destruction. Sigmund Freud defined hatred as, “An ego state that wishes to destroy the source of its unhappiness.” Hitler did not just dislike Jews, he hated Jews and sought their destruction. The Nazi party was a hate group. As we look around at groups like BLM and Antifa, are we looking at hate groups? Yes, clearly. Similar to Nazism, BLM endorses racism, hatred, and violence. By definition BLM is racist, saying that “black” lives matter at the exclusion of all other races. Just a few days ago, here’s the hateful violence a BLM leader in Portland advocated when talking about the police: “You pull your pistol out and you bust that! Because at the end of the day, it’s going to be you against them. When we move with the Panthers, trust me when you see me move, I’m moving in violence!” Antifa is an extremely violent hate group that advocates anarchy, the destruction of our government. By extension, Antifa hates all Americans who participate in the socioeconomic systems that support our government. But Antifa is more than a hate group. It has become a terrorist group, and Antifa’s acts of violence will only escalate with time. I suspect that a primary source of hatred for BLM and Antifa is self-loathing. Hating one’s self, then projecting that self-hatred into hatred against others. It is notable that the average age of those arrested for violence during this summer’s riots have been 24 years old and younger. The American Psychological Association reports that suicide, the ultimate expression of self-hatred, is the third most common cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24 years old. As history has repeatedly shown, hate groups are the outgrowth of extreme moments in politics. America is now experiencing an extreme moment in politics. The ultimate expression of extremist politics is civil war. What is the antidote for hate? As every Christian knows, the antidote for hate is love. Mankind’s history has been full of hate groups, but love has nonetheless persevered. In time love will win out, even over BLM and Antifa, as it always has.